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Courtesy: Spiro Morekas, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 04/01/2013

By beating No. 15 Hofstra on Saturday night, 7-6, at Unitas Stadium, the Towson University Tigers men's lacrosse team is now tied for first in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). 

The Tigers find themselves tied with Drexel and Penn State at 2-0.  As I mentioned last week, this is a young lacrosse team that just continues to get better as the season goes on. Saturday night's game was no exception. 

Towson vs. Hofstra - March 30, 2013
The defense was tremendous. Goalie Andrew Wascavage, the only senior to start, came up with 19 saves. The close defense in front of him was also superb. John Fennessy, JoJo Ostrander, and Mike Lowe did a great job of shutting down Hofstra for all but the final two minutes of the game.

Torin Varn came into the game as Hofstra's leading goal scorer with 23 goals. He left on Saturday still with 23. He also left the U without taking ONE shot in the entire ballgame. To say the Tiger "D" took him completely out of the game is an understatement. The Pride came out and scored two goals in the first five and a half minutes of the game. They then went 19 minutes before scoring their third. From that point, the Tigers defense held Hofstra scoreless for a little over 25 minutes. So after scoring two goals in the first five minutes, the Tigers held the Pride to just one over the next 44.

The Tiger Offense
The Towson offense got off to a slow start but played great over the final three and a half quarters. Opposing teams have really been clamping down on Thomas DeNapoli. Thomas now has 28 goals on the year for the Tigers, but over the last two games he has only come up with one in each.

What has to make head coach Shawn Nadelen and offensive coordinator Anthony Gilardi happy is a couple of different guys are coming big in each game. Saturday night it was middie Justin Mabus. Justin came into the game with just two goals. He doubled his season total with two more against the Pride. Andrew Hodgson, who was the offensive hero in the Delaware game last week, also came up with two goals against Hofstra.

Looking Ahead this Week
So now the Tigers have another home game this week against UMass. The Minutemen crushed the Tigers in both the regular and post-season last year. This year, Towson can put a crushing on the Minutemen's post-season chances. One of the preseason favorites to win the CAA, UMass will come into Unitas Stadium at 0-2 in league play. 

If the Tigers can get the win, the Minutemen could very well find themselves on the outside looking in when the CAA tournament takes place the first weekend in May. 

The 2013 CAA Tournament
By the way, many may not know, but there is a new format for the CAA tournament this year. In years past, the #1 seed would play the #4 seed on the top seed's home field, and the #2 seed would host the #3 seed. Those games were played on Wednesdays. Now, all four teams will gather at the No. 1 seed's home field for the entire tournament. The games will be played on Friday and then the championship on Sunday. 

Wouldn't it be great to be at the U watching lacrosse that first weekend in May? A win this Saturday at 1 pm at Unitas Stadium could go a long way in making that a reality.

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