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Wake Up on the Strong Side: April 9
Courtesy: Simon Habtemariam, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 04/09/2012
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Good Monday, Tiger Nation. I am @Simon_HWT aka The Heavyweight and it's time to Wake Up on the Strong Side. 

--Road Woes

@Towson_MLAX fell in a crucial road game to the UMass Minutemen 14-3 on Saturday, snapping a five-game win streak. After a short week, the No. 19 Tigers kept in the fight for a while, but could not withstand the second best team in the counrty in the long run.

Before the Tigers and Minutemen battled, I asked a few key questions and even attempted to predict their results...

1. Towson has played so well late in their games - ask Justin Mabus, Thomas DeNapoli, and Sean Maguire. Will Towson require a fourth-quarter or even overtime run to beat UMass?

My Thoughts: Yes. I asked this same question before the UMBC game and said it wouldn't happen...and it did. But Towson is not the biggest, most experienced or even fastest team out there - but they're conditioned to grind out lesser conditioned teams. That combined with their overall scarppiness from being regularly overlooked come in handy. UMass will not overlook Towson, but in their third game in seven days, Towson may come out slow after their long road trip. If that is the case, this team is going to be the better group in the last ten minutes.

What Happened: The Minuteman turned on the jets late in this one, scoring 11 of the final 12 goals of the game. The Tigers streak of come from behind wins had to come to an end at some point, I'm sure many had hoped it would come after a showdown of two nationally ranked teams.

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2. Will a win bolster Towson to the Top 10?

My Thoughts: Again, a thought that came up before the UMBC game, shortly after the Tigers were ranked No. 19 in the country by the Nike/InsideLacrosse poll and the highest vote-getter just outside of the USILA Poll.

Depending on how they play UMass will be crucial, but skeptic voters may keep Towson just outside of the Top 10 in the Nike Poll and break the Top 20 for them in the USILA poll.

What Happened: A win over a struggling UMBC team plus a loss against the unbeaten Minutemen should definitely keep the Tigers in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse and just outside of the USILA Poll once again. The Tigers still have key conference matchups against Penn State and Drexel at home that can swing them in the favor of national poll voters.

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3. Will the No. 19 Tigers (7-3) beat UMass (9-0)

My Thoughts: Yes. In with a fourth quarter run, slightly less dramatically than their previous two games.

Towson 10 - UMass 8

What Happened: The No. 19 Tigers could not withstand an offensive fury by the undefeated No. 2 Minutemen, 14-3



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