|Game 11: Tigers at Villanova|
|Date/Time||Apr. 8, 2009 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Villanova, Pa. | Villanova Stadium (12,000)|
|Talent||Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color)|
|2009 Stats||Towson | Villanova|
|Last Meeting||April 18, 2008 - Villanova 7, at Towson 4|
Towson-Villanova Game Data
After posting a 16-8 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon, the Tigers will travel to Villanova on Wednesday evening to face the Wildcats in a key Colonial Athletic Association match-up ... Opening face-off at Villanova Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
The Tigers and the Wildcats will be facing each other for the 18th time in a series which Towson has dominated, winning 16 of the previous 17 games.
The Tigers, who are a perfect 3-0 in the CAA this season, have won four of their last five games following the victory over the Pioneers on Saturday ... Meanwhile, the Wildcats return to their CAA slate after an 8-4 victory over Manhattan on Saturday evening.
The Towson-Villanova game will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on WTMD-FM 89.7, Towson University’s award-winning public radio station ... Spiro Morekas, 83 is in his 19th season as the play-by-play voice for Tiger men’s lacrosse ... He is joined by Towson Assistant Athletic Director for Development Greg LaCour, 81, who is in his third season as the color analyst.
A video broadcast of the game will be available by visiting the Wildcats’ official athletics website, www.villanova.com.
Previewing the Wildcats
Currently 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAA, the Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over Manhattan on Saturday night at Villanova Stadium ... It was their first victory since a 5-4 win over Delaware on March 21.
The Wildcat defense limited Manhattan to just 16 shots in the victory ... The 16 shots taken by the Jaspers were the fewest in a game this year by a Villanova opponent ... In addition, the Jaspers were held scoreless for nearly 17 minutes from the end of the first quarter until early in the third quarter.
Senior attackman Tim Driscoll scored two goals in the victory for the Wildcats while senior attackman Chris MacDonald added a pair of assists, extending his point-scoring streak to ten straight games.
Paul Webber leads the Wildcat with 22 points, scoring 12 goals with 10 assists in 10 games this year ... Meanwhile, Driscoll has scored 20 goals for Villanova while MacDonald has a team-high 13 assists ... He also ranks second on the team with 20 points.
Opposing teams have found scoring goals against the Wildcats to be a very difficult task this season ... Led by senior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto, the Wildcat defense has allowed an average of 6.20 goals per game this year ... DiLoreto leads the CAA with a 5.77 goals against average while his .585 save percentage ranks second in the conference.
Towson vs. Villanova - The Series
After losing each of the first 16 games in the all-time series against the Tigers, the Wildcats finally ended the skid with a 7-4 victory at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium in last year’s meeting ... The win allowed the Wildcats to earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament while keeping the Tigers out of the postseason for the first time since joining the league in 2002.
Since the two teams joined the CAA in 2002, they have met nine times, including twice in the CAA Tournament ... However, there have been some interesting games over the last six years.
During the 2004 season, the Tigers earned a 20-11 victory over the Wildcats at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium in their regular season meeting ... Jonathan Engelke scored a career-high eight goals and also had an assist as the Tigers tallied a season-high 20 goals ... Meanwhile, face-off specialist Ben DeFelice set a school record with 22 ground balls while winning 21 of 26 face-offs.
On April 9, 2005, the two teams played in the longest game in Towson lacrosse history with a four-overtime affair at Villanova Stadium ... After scoring eight goals in the previous year’s meeting, Engelke tallied just one goal, but it proved to be the biggest goal of the game as he scored with 47 seconds left in the fourth overtime to give Towson a 10-9 victory ... The 75-minute, 13-second game broke the previous mark for the longest game set in a 10-9 loss to Hofstra in 1989.
In both the 2004 and 2005 seasons, the two teams met in the CAA Tournament with Towson winning both times ... The Tigers won the 2004 CAA title with a 12-7 victory while edging the Wildcats by 5-4 in the 2005 CAA semi-finals at Unitas Stadium.
A Win Over Villanova Would ...
Give the Tigers a 6-5 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the CAA ... It would mark the first time the Tigers have been above the .500 mark since the end of the 2007 season when they had a 9-7 record.
Give the Tigers’ their second win in a row and their fifth victory in the last six games after a 1-4 start.
Secure the Tigers’ sixth CAA Tournament appearance in seven years ... A win over the Wildcats and a loss by Delaware gives the Tigers at least a number two seed for the conference tournament.
Increase the Tigers’ all-time record against Villanova to 17-1 ... It would also extend the Tigers’ win streak at Villanova to nine straight games.
Give Towson Coach Tony Seaman his 252nd career victory ... It would also be his 88th win as the Tigers’ coach.
Last Year’s Meeting: Villanova 7, Tigers 4
Sophomore attackman Paul Webber scored three goals with an assist as the Wildcats snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Tigers with a 7-4 victory at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium ... The win allowed the Wildcats to secure a berth in the CAA Tournament.
With the score tied at 4-4, the Wildcats scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to earn the victory ... Junior attackman Tim Driscoll scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the final stanza before Mark Scioscia and Tim Langan added unassisted goals in the final six minutes.
While Webber led the Villanova offense with four points, Driscoll added a pair of goals ... Junior goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto tallied 12 saves for the Wildcats, who were outshot by a 35-19 margin.
The Tigers were led by senior attackman Jonathan Engelke, who scored two goals ... He moved into a tie for third place on the career goals list with Matt Clune, 98.
The Tigers were limited to just two goals in the second half and were held scoreless for the final 15:12.
On This Date in Tiger Lacrosse History: April 8
The Tigers will be hoping that playing on April 8 will be a successful day ... It will be the 11th time Towson has played a men’s lacrosse game on April 8 and the Tigers are 5-5 in those games.
In 2006, the Tigers edged Drexel by a 9-8 margin ... Nick Williams scored the game-winning goal with 2:14 remaining, marking his second straight game-winning goal ... It was also the Tigers’ fifth one-goal game of the season.
Win And You’re In
The message that Coach Tony Seaman will be delivering to his players leading up to Wednesday’s game against Villanova is that a win over the Wildcats will secure a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament ... It would mark the Tigers’ sixth CAA Tournament appearance in seven years.
The Tigers failed to qualify for last year’s conference championship after dropping a 7-4 decision to Villanova ... The loss put Towson in a tie with the Wildcats and Delaware for third place in the league standings ... After the tiebreaker procedures, Delaware and Villanova earned the final two spots.
A win over Villanova combined with a Delaware loss will secure the second seed for the Tigers and a home game for the semi-finals ... The semi-finals will take place at the sites of the top two seeds on April 29 ... The championship game is set for May 2 at the site of the highest remaining seed.