Game 4: Tigers vs. #8 Maryland Date/Time
Mar. 7, 2009 | 2 p.m. Location
Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198) Tickets
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ESPNU | WMAR-TV Channel 2 Talent
Scott Garceau (PXP), Mark Dixon (Color) Radio
WTMD-FM 89.7 Talent
Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color) Live Stats
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Towson-Maryland Game Data
Returning home after a season-opening three-game road trip, the Tigers will host eighth-ranked Maryland in the first game of a doubleheader at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The second game of the doubleheader will feature the defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Tiger women’s lacrosse team against Charles Street rival Loyola College at approximately 5 p.m.
The Towson-Maryland game will be televised locally on WMAR-TV and nationally on ESPNU. Scott Garceau will provide play-by-play while Mark Dixon serves as the color analyst.
In addition, the game will be broadcast on WTMD-FM 89.7, Towson University’s award-winning campus radio station. Spiro Morekas, 83 begins his 19th season as the voice of the Tiger men’s lacrosse broadcasts while Towson Assistant Athletic Director for Development Greg LaCour, 81 starts his third season as the color analyst.
Previewing the Terrapins
Currently ranked eighth in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll and sixth in the Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll, the Terrapins bring a 3-1 record into Saturday’s game against the Tigers.
The Terrapins, who are playing their first true road game of the season, are coming off an 11-8 victory over 12th-ranked Duke on Saturday afternoon at the Konica Minolta/Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.
Sophomore attackman Grant Catalino scored two goals with a career-high four assists against Duke on Saturday, extending his streak of consecutive games with a goal to 17 straight games. He has also recorded multiple points in 10 consecutive games.
Junior goalkeeper Brian Phipps earned his first victory of the season with a 13-save performance against the Blue Devils on Saturday. It was his first win since March 6, 2006 against Duke.
Junior midfielder Bryn Holmes has been one of the top face-off specialists this season. Entering this week’s games, the Marriottsville, Md. native ranks third in NCAA Division I with a .692 face-off percentage (36-52 FO). He won a career-high 12 face-offs against Presbyterian and Georgetown earlier this year.
Maryland Coach Dave Cottle is in his 27 season as a head coach and is in his 8th season as the Terrapins’ leader. He has led Maryland to an 80-35 record. With a 261-105 career record, he ranks sixth among active coaches with a .713 winning percentage.
Towson vs. Maryland - The Series
The Tigers and the Terrapins will be meeting for the 31st time in a series which Maryland leads by a 25-5 margin after last year’s 12-7 victory at Ludwig Field.
The Terrapins have won seven straight games in the series, dating back to the 2002 season. The Tigers’ last win in the series came in the 2001 NCAA Quarter-Finals, a 12-11 victory at Byrd Stadium.
In that victory over the Terrapins, Kyle Campbell scored the game-winning goal with 27 seconds left, tallying his fourth goal of the game off a feed from Ryan Obloj.
The Tigers will also be looking for their first ever win against the Terrapins at home in the series on Saturday. The Terrapins are a perfect 13-0 all-time at Towson.
The Tigers and the Terrapins have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to the 2001 meeting, the Tigers and the Terrapins squared off in the 1991 NCAA semi-finals in the Carrier Dome. Led by a four-goal effort from Glenn Smith, the Tigers edged Maryland by a 15-11 margin. The Tigers used a strong fourth quarter to defeat their in-state rivals, scoring five goals.
Towson Coach Tony Seaman has a 7-16 all-time record against the Terrapins. Meanwhile, Maryland Coach Dave Cottle has an 18-9 career record against the Tigers, including a 7-0 mark at Maryland.
On This Date in Tiger Lacrosse History: March 7
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Terrapins will mark the third time in the 51-year history of Towson Lacrosse that the Tigers have played on March 7. They have a 1-1 record in games played on March 7.
The Terrapins hosted Towson on March 7, 1998 in a game at Byrd Stadium, earning a 17-6 victory over the Tigers. The Terrapins exploded for eight goals in the opening period en route to the victory. Former Tiger assistant coach Andrew "Buggs" Combs was one of three Maryland players to score a "hat trick" while Steve Preis scored three goals to lead the Tigers in the loss.
Most recently, the Tigers posted a 12-3 over Providence at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium. The Tigers had four players score two goals while holding the Friars to just 16 shots. Towson scored just 20 seconds into the game and never looked back in winning the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Last Meeting vs. Maryland: Terps 12, Tigers 7
After playing a close game against the sixth-ranked Terrapins for most of the contest, the Tigers allowed three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter as Maryland posted a 12-7 victory at Ludwig Field last season.
The Tigers scored twice in the last 45 seconds of the third quarter to close within 9-7, but Maryland held Towson off the scoreboard in the final 15 minutes to earn its seventh straight win over the in-state rivals.
Senior Dan Groot scored three goals to lead the Terrapins in the victory while sophomore Ryan Young had a career-high four assists. Junior goalkeeper Brian Phipps tallied a career-high 16 saves in the victory.
Attackman Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers with a goal and two assists while attackman Blake Best added a goal with an assist. Goalkeepers Billy Sadtler and Matt Antol combined to post 13 saves as the Terrapins outshot Towson by a 37-31 margin.
As the Tigers and the Terrapins square off on Saturday, there are numerous connections between the two in-state rivals.
Former Maryland Coach Dick Edell is a 1968 Towson graduate who was inducted into the Towson Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. He retired from coaching at Maryland following the 2001 season.
Maryland junior attackman Eric Boyle played two years at Towson prior to joining the Terrapins before this season. He scored 23 goals with 10 assists in his two years and will sit out this year.
Towson goalkeeper Rob Wheeler and midfielder Will Harrington have both played for the Terrapins. Wheeler redshirted as a freshman in 2006 before transferring to Towson. Meanwhile, Harrington appeared in three games with the Terrapins in 2006.
Towson senior attackman Bill McCutcheon will be facing a sibling rivalry of sorts on Saturday. His younger sister, Helen, is a sophomore on the Terrapin women’s lacrosse team.
Tiger senior midfielder Justin Schneider’s dad, Bruce, was a teammate of Maryland Coach Dave Cottle at Salisbury State from 1976 to 1978. The Sea Gulls posted a 9-5 record during the 1977 season.
There are also numerous former high school teammates meeting in Saturday’s game.
Freshmen Michael Brashears and Sean Maguire and junior Phil Blevins of the Tigers will face former Calvert Hall teammate Jeff Reynolds.
A trio of Tigers - Matt Lamon, John Lamon and Justin Schneider - will play against former St. Mary’s High School teammate Jason Carter.
McDonogh High School alum KC Woods could challenge Bryn Holmes and Jeremy Sieverts.
Mount St. Joseph High School graduates Tommy Beach, Shane Casey and Matt Hanzsche will square off against Terrapin senior Kevin Slafkosky.
In a match-up of former Ohio high school teammates, Towson’s Scott Ruhl and Maryland’s Chris Ready helped Dublin Jerome to the Ohio state lacrosse championship in 2005 and the state finals in 2006.
River Hill High School graduate and Tiger sophomore Chauncey Whiting will welcome former Hawk teammates Shane Hall and Scott LaRue to Unitas Stadium on Saturday.