|Game 8: Tigers at Drexel|
|Date/Time||Mar. 28, 2009 | 3 p.m.|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pa. | Vidas Field (1,000)|
|Talent||Mike Corey (PXP), Leif Elsmo (Color)|
|Game Notes||Towson | Drexel|
|2009 Stats||Towson | Drexel|
Towson-Drexel Game Data
Returning to their Colonial Athletic Association schedule, the Tigers will play their second straight road game on Saturday afternoon when they face long-time rival Drexel at Vidas Field ... Opening face-off is set for 3 p.m.
It will be the 39th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which Towson leads by a 34-4 margin.
Now 3-4 on the season, the Tigers are coming off an exciting 8-7 victory over Bucknell on Tuesday evening ... It was the Tigers’ second straight victory.
Currently 4-4 on the season, the Dragons moved back to the .500 mark with a one-goal victory over 20th-ranked Denver on Tuesday night at Barton Lacrosse Stadium ... It was the Dragons’ third win in the last four games.
The game will be televised on the Comcast Network with Mike Corey and Leif Elsmo providing the play-by-play ... It will be the Tigers’ third television appearance of the season.
Previewing the Dragons
Coming off a thrilling 9-8 victory over the 20th-ranked Denver Pioneers on Tuesday night, the Dragons enter Saturday’s game with a 4-4 overall record ... Saturday’s game will also be the Dragons’ CAA opener.
Senior midfielder Brian Neary was one of three Dragons to score a pair of goals against the Pioneers on Tuesday night ... With 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, he scored the eventual game-winning goal which gave Drexel a 9-7 advantage.
The Dragons jumped out to a 6-2 lead at the intermission, but were limited to just one goal in the third quarter as the Pioneers made a strong bid to earn the comeback victory ... The Pioneers limited Drexel to just 13 shots in the second half.
Freshman attackman Kyle Bergmann and junior attackman Colin Ambler are tied for the Dragons’ scoring lead through the first eight games ... Each of them has scored 11 goals with seven assists ... Ambler scored two goals in the win over Denver while Bergmann added a goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Mark Manos has started all eight games for the Dragons this season, stopping 60.0 per cent of the shots he has faced, which is good for second in the CAA rankings through Tuesday’s games ... He also has an 8.15 goals against average, which ranks third in the CAA.
Drexel Coach Chris Bates is in his 10th season as the Dragons’ leader ... A 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, Bates has led the Dragons to a 67-67 record ... In addition, he has been named as the CAA Coach of the Year in each of the last two years.
Towson vs. Drexel - The Series
The Tigers and the Dragons will be facing each other for the 39th time in a series which Towson holds a commanding 34-4 advantage ... However, the Tigers had their 10-game series win streak snapped with a 10-9 setback against the Dragons in last year’s meeting at Unitas Stadium.
Last year’s meeting marked the first-ever victory by the Dragons at Unitas Stadium ... Prior to that game, the Tigers had won 13 straight at home against their long-time rivals.
The Dragons won two of their first three meetings before Towson ran off 23 straight victories from 1965 to 1997 ... On April 8, 1998, the Dragons snapped the long losing streak with a 14-10 victory over the Tigers in Philadelphia.
In 2003, the Tigers earned their first-ever CAA Tournament win with a convincing 17-2 victory in the semi-finals over the Dragons at Unitas Stadium ... It marked the first time the teams had played more than once against each other in the same season in the series.
The Tigers and the Dragons have been conference foes in three different leagues for men’s lacrosse. They faced each other in the East Coast Conference before joining the America East Conference ... In 2002, the two schools moved into the Colonial Athletic Association.
Towson Coach Tony Seaman has an 11-1 all-time record against the Dragons ... Meanwhile, Drexel Coach Chris Bates earned his first-ever victory over the Tigers with last year’s one-goal victory.
Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by one goal ... Prior to last year’s 10-9 victory by the Dragons, the Tigers earned back-to-back one-goal decisions.
The only other one-goal game in the series came in 1965 when Towson edged Drexel by a 6-5 margin.
A Win Over Drexel Would ...
Give the Tigers a 4-4 record ... It would be the first time the Tigers had a .500 record since defeating Air Force on February 28, which evened their record to 1-1.
Give the Tigers a 2-0 record in CAA play ... It would be the fourth time in their seven-year membership that the Tigers have opened their CAA schedule with a 2-0 record.
Give the Tigers’ their 11th win over Drexel in the last 12 games.
Be the Tigers’ fifth straight victory over the Dragons in Philadelphia, dating back to the 2001 season.
Be the 250th career victory for Towson Coach Tony Seaman ... He would become the 16th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone.
Last Year’s Meeting: Drexel 10, Towson 9
Senior attackman Andrew Chapman scored three goals, including two in the first quarter, as 10th-ranked Drexel snapped a 10-game losing streak against Towson with a 10-9 victory over the Tigers at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium.
It was the Dragons’ first win over the Tigers since April 8, 1998 ... In addition, it was just the fourth victory for Drexel in the all-time series.
Drexel jumped out to a 5-1 advantage in the first 25 minutes of the game and held the Tigers scoreless for nearly 21 minutes during the first half ... However, the Tigers closed to within 7-6 in the third quarter on back-to-back goals.
Chapman scored three goals while senior midfielder L.C. Moerschel added a pair of goals for the Dragons, who won for the third time in a four-game span ... Senior goalkeeper Bruce Bickford added 13 saves for the Dragons, who were outshot by a 29-26 margin.
Senior attackman Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers with three goals and an assist in a losing effort ... Meanwhile, senior midfielder Brian Vetter added a two-goal effort.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Saturday’s game against the Dragons will mark the 35th time that the Tigers have played in a televised game since the beginning of the 1999 season.
It is the third of four televised games during the regular season ... The Tigers lost to 16th-ranked Loyola on February 21 in a game which was televised on WMAR-TV and ESPNU before dropping a 9-7 decision against Maryland two weeks later.
This is the first game to be televised on The Comcast Network this season for the Tigers.
The Tigers had five games televised last season and had a 2-3 record in those games ... Sophomore attackman Tim Stratton scored 10 goals with 3 assists in those games while senior attackman Bill McCutcheon had eight goals, including a career-high four-goal effort against Delaware.
In addition, the Tigers have had a televised game snowed out on two occasions ... On March 14, 1999, the Tigers were slated to host Maryland in a game to be televised on WMAR-TV ... However, snow forced the postponement of the game until May 5 and forced the cancellation of the broadcast.
The Tigers also had the 2007 season opener at Loyola snowed out by a day, which caused the cancellation of the broacast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
The Tigers will have one more televised game during the regular season in two weeks when they host Hofstra at Unitas Stadium ... The game will air on WMAR-TV in Baltimore and nationally on ESPNU.
Towson 8, Bucknell 7 - After Review
Tuesday’s game between the Tigers and the Bison marked the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which Towson leads by a 15-2 margin.
It was also the Tigers’ 11th win in the last 12 games against the Bison ... The Tigers also improved to 7-1 all-time at Bucknell.
The Tigers won their second straight game for the first time since defeating Delaware and Sacred Heart last year in consecutive games.
All three of the Tigers’ victories have been decided by two goals or less ... It was the first time this season a game has been decided by one goal.
With the Tigers’ 8-7 win over Bucknell, Towson Coach Tony Seaman earned his 249th career victory ... With his next victory, he will become the 16th coach in NCAA Division I history to win 250 career games.
With his two goals against Bucknell, senior attackman Bill McCutcheon has now scored 11 goals with 2 assists in the Tigers’ three wins this year.
Senior midfielder Randall Cooper extended his point-scoring streak to nine straight games with a goal against the Bison on Tuesday night ... It was also the second straight game he has scored a goal ... However, his streak of eight straight games with an assist was snapped.
Junior midfielder Brock Armour has tallied a point in three consecutive games after scoring a goal against the Bison.
Junior midfielder Will Harrington tallied his second multi-goal game of the season against the Bison ... He also had two goals in the Tigers’ 11-9 victory over Air Force on February 28.
Senior midfielder Mitchell Rosensweig won 11 of 19 face-offs against the Bison on Tuesday night ... Over the last three games, he has won 40 of 60 face-off attempts (.667).
Sophomore midfielder Peter Mezzanotte led the Tigers with three caused turnovers on Tuesday night, upping his season total to 17 in seven games. He has seven caused turnovers in the last two outings.
The Tigers were held scoreless in the second quarter on Tuesday night, marking the sixth quarter the Tigers have been held scoreless this season.
Junior goalkeeper Rob Wheeler had one of the best games of his career on Tuesday night in the Tigers’ 8-7 win over Bucknell ... He tied a career high by making 14 saves, including six saves in the fourth quarter, while allowing seven goals ... Wheeler also had an assist in the victory for his first career point.
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, the Baltimore, Md. native faced a barrage of Bucknell shots ... He made three saves in the final minute to help the Tigers preserve their one-goal advantage.
He stopped a shot by Tim Brandau with 33 seconds left before rejecting an attempt by freshman attackman Charlie Streep with 19 seconds remaining. With 11 ticks left, senior attackman Joe Mele had a chance to tie the game, but Wheeler was also up to the challenge and thwarted that opportunity.
It marked the third time this season that Wheeler has posted 14 saves ... He had 14 saves in the season opener against Loyola before adding 14 saves in the Tigers’ win against Air Force.
Wheeler has stopped 55.1 per cent of the shots he has faced while allowing 9.18 goals per game.