Thomas DeNapoli
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Thomas DeNapoli
2014 Towson Lacrosse Preview Pt. 3
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/29/2014

This is the final part of a three-part series looking at the 2014 Towson Lacrosse team.

Head Coach Shawn Nadelen and his staff are still piecing together their attack units, trying to find the best combinations among their personnel.

One puzzle piece in place is senior captain Thomas DeNapoli. A 2013 USILA honorable mention All-American, first team All-CAA honoree, and CAA All-Tournament team selection, DeNapoli is vital to the Towson offense. He began the 2013 season as a member of the Tewaaraton Watch List and proceeded to light up the scoreboard throughout the spring, earning CAA Player of the Week honors for the week of March 25.

The New York native scored 41 goals with 19 assists to become the sixth Tiger since 1971 to score 40+ goals in a season. His goal haul was the biggest since 2001 (Kyle Campbell; 53). DeNapoli scored six-plus goals in a game twice and was the first Towson player to score 10 points in a game since 1999 when he posted seven goals and three assists at UMBC. The two-time captain finished 2013 on an 18-game point streak.

“The good thing this year is we have more depth and room to play around [with combinations],” noted Nadelen.

Junior Cory Dobyns, a transfer from Drexel, started 14 of 16 games and ended the year with 19 goals and three assists. The Georgetown Prep graduate spent the entire season in the top five in the NCAA in total extra-man goals and finished the season tied for fourth in the nation in EMO goals per game (0.50). Dobyns energy and creativity is a spark for the Tigers on attack.

Seniors Devin Grimaldi and Max Siskind each slid into the third attackman role last year. Grimaldi scored four goals and had two assists, while Siskind scored his first career goal and came up with two important caused turnovers in the CAA Tournament.

Freshmen Ryan Drenner, Tyler Konen and Joe Seider all should compete for time on attack. Drenner captained the Westminster Owls to the 2013 4A/3A state title and scored 69 goals and had 69 assists that season. The winner of the 2013 4A/3A Kelly Award, Drenner was also the Baltimore Sun and Carroll County Times Players of the Year.

Konen had a strong start to the fall ball season after scoring 39 goals and posting 19 assists his senior year of high school. Seider is a 6-3, 195 righty with the potential to start as a true freshman. He has worked throughout the fall to challenge Grimaldi and Drenner for his spot.

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