TOWSON, Md. – The 2012-13 school year was filled with many memorable moments for the Tiger Athletic Department. Over the next several weeks on Wednesdays and Fridays, TowsonTigers.com will reveal the top 10 moments as voted on by members of the athletics staff. The top 10 concludes with another Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship for the Tigers.
No. 1 – An 11-8 upset win over No. 18 Drexel in the semifinals set the stage for the Tiger men’s lacrosse team to have a chance at its first CAA Championship since 2005.
However, standing in the Tigers’ way was No. 9 Penn State, who defeated Towson 10-8 in the regular season.
Penn State scored the first three goals of the second quarter to take a 6-4 lead in the contest.
Andrew Hodgson’s goal at 6:59 of the second quarter started a 5-0 run that carried the Tigers to the 13:19 mark of the fourth quarter. That run, which featured a second goal from Hodgson and a pair of goals from Greg Cuccinello, gave the Tigers a 9-6 lead.
Penn State scored two of the next three goals in the contest to make it a 10-8 game with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
DeNapoli’s second goal of the game at 2:33 pushed the Tiger advantage to three, 11-8 and proved crucial. Penn State scored a pair of goals to pull to within one, 11-10 with 1:42 to play. However, the Tiger defense was able to claim down and preserve the victory.
The 2013 CAA championship was Towson’s fourth title in its ninth appearance at the CAA Tournament.
The Tigers’ DeNapoli, Jordan Fortmann and Ben McCarty were named to the All-Tournament team. Wascavage received Most Outstanding Player honors, as he made 12 saves in the championship game. In his second season as the Tigers' head coach, Shawn Nadelen won his first CAA championship.
To read the complete recap from the Tigers’ big win, click here.
Top 10 Moments from 2012-13
June 19 - Honorable Mention and Fan's Choice
June 21 - No. 10 - A Memorable Basket
June 26 - No. 9 - A Big Win
June 28 - No. 8 - Underdogs Hang Tough
July 3 - No. 7 - A Last Second Shot
July 5 - No. 6 - An NCAA Regional Win
July 10 - No. 5 - Dominiating Performance in the Pool
July 12 - No. 4 - Taking it All the Way
July 17 - No. 3 - Defense Wins Championships
July 19 - No. 2 - An Impressive Turnaround