|Game 14: #20 Tigers vs. #16 Massachusetts
|Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Semi-Finals
|Date/Time||Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 7:30 p.m.|
|Location||Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas® Stadium|
|Tickets||Click Here | 410-704-2244|
|Talent||Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color)|
|Game Notes||Towson | Massachusetts
TOWSON, Md. – After securing their fourth outright Colonial Athletic Association regular season title in seven years, the 11th-ranked Tigers will begin their quest at a CAA championship on Wednesday night when they host the University of Massachusetts at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
In the other semi-final, second-seeded University of Delaware will host third-seeded Drexel University at Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The semi-final winners will meet on Saturday, May 8 at the site of the highest remaining seed for the CAA Championship Game at a time to be determined.
After dropping a 12-10 verdict against 15th-ranked Hofstra on Saturday night, the Tigers enter the CAA Tournament with a 6-7 record. The Tigers won four of their five CAA games, including a 10-9 victory over the Minutemen at Garber Field on April 10.
Graduate student Christian Pastirik led the Tigers in their loss against Hofstra on Saturday night, scoring a career-high four goals along with two assists. The Tigers’ leading scorer with 24 goals and 19 assists, Pastirik ranks sixth in the CAA with 43 points. He scored two goals in the Tigers’ victory over the Minutemen.
Meanwhile, senior midfielder Will Harrington has contributed 24 goals with five assists. He also leads the CAA with seven extra-man goals and ranks fifth in the CAA with 101 shots.
Harrington scored two goals, including a man-down marker in the fourth quarter, against Hofstra on Saturday night. He has scored a goal in all 13 games this season for the Tigers, including a career-high five goals against Stony Brook on March 6.
Junior goalkeeper Travis Love has continued to play well for the Tigers after becoming the team’s starter on March 16. He has posted a 6-4 record and has stopped 55.2 per cent of the shots he has faced, which ranks second in the CAA. With a 9.43 goals against average, he ranks third in the CAA.
Following a 12-6 loss against Drexel on Saturday afternoon, the Minutemen will enter the CAA Tournament with an 8-5 overall record. In its first season in the CAA, Massachusetts posted a 2-3 league record.
Freshman attackman Will Manny led the Minutemen in the loss on Saturday by scoring a goal with two assists while junior Ryan Liebel contributed a two-goal performance.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tim McCormack made 12 saves in the loss for the Minutemen, which was their third setback in the last four games.
Manny leads the Minutemen with 26 goals and 18 assists while sophomore midfielder Anthony Biscardi has scored 21 goals with 14 assists. McCormack, who has started all 13 games for the Minutemen this year, has posted a .525 save percentage while allowing 9.86 goals per game.
Sophomore midfielder Carl Iacona scored two goals, including the game-winner with 8:17 left in the fourth quarter, to lead the Tigers to the 10-9 victory over Massachusetts earlier this season. Harrington scored three goals in the victory while sophomore attackman Matt Lamon added two goals with an assist.
Biscardi scored three goals in the loss for Massachusetts while Manny contributed a pair of goals with an assist.
The Tigers and the Minutemen will be meeting for just the third time in a series that is tied at one game each. Prior to this season, the teams had not met since March 28, 1963.