|Game 12: Tigers vs. #5 Hofstra|
|Date/Time||Apr. 11, 2009 | 1:06 p.m.|
|Game Sponsors||Burkshire Marriott, WZBA-FM 100.7 "The Bay"|
|Location||Towson, Md. | Unitas Stadium (11,198)|
|Tickets||Ticket Information | 410-704-2244|
|Television||WMAR-TV and ESPNU|
|Talent||Scott Garceau (PXP), Mark Dixon (Color)|
|Talent||Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color)|
|Game Notes||Towson | Hofstra|
|2009 Stats||Towson | Hofstra|
|Last Meeting||Mar. 21, 2008 - Hofstra 13, Towson 8|
|Promotions||Towson GameDay Promotions|
Towson-Hofstra Game Data
Looking to rebound from a tough loss against Villanova on Wednesday night, the Tigers will return to Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium on Saturday afternoon to host fifth-ranked and Colonial Athletic Association-leading Hofstra in a key CAA game ... The game, which is presented by the Burkshire Marriott Conference Hotel and WZBA-FM 100.7 “The Bay”, is scheduled for a 1:06 p.m. face-off.
Now 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, the Tigers are coming off a 13-4 setback against Villanova on Wednesday night ... Meanwhile, the Pride have won six straight games after a 12-7 victory over Drexel on Wednesday at Shuart Stadium.
The Tigers and the Pride will be meeting for the 40th time in a series which Hofstra leads by a slim 20-19 margin ... However, the Tigers are 12-5 all-time at home against the Pride.
The game will be televised live on WMAR-TV in Baltimore in addition to airing on tape delay on ESPNU at 10 p.m. Saturday night as the “Geico Lacrosse Game of the Week” ... Scott Garceau will handle the play-by-play while Mark Dixon serves as the color analyst ... Keith Nelson is the producer while Towson alum Rick White will serve as the telecast’s director.
In addition, the game will air live 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 voice of Tiger men’s lacrosse while Towson Assistant Athletic Director for Development Greg LaCour, 81 is in his third year as the color analyst.
A video broadcast of Saturday’s game will be available on the Tigers’ official athletics website, www.towsontigers.com, on a pay-per-view basis ... The video broadcast will include the WTMD-FM audio.
Live stats for Saturday’s game are also available by visiting www.towsontigers.com(.)
Following Saturday’s game between Towson and Hofstra, Harford Community College and Anne Arundel Community College will square off in a Maryland JUCO Conference game at approximately 3 p.m. as part of the partnership between Towson and Harford Community College.
Previewing the Pride
After facing one of the top defenses in the CAA on Wednesday night, the Tigers will square off against one of the top offensive units when they entertain Hofstra on Saturday ... The Pride rank second in the CAA in scoring offense with a 9.31 goal per game average while averaging 38.6 shots per game.
To be successful against Hofstra on Saturday, the Tigers will have to contain sophomore attackman Jay Card, who is the leading scorer in the CAA ... After a five-goal, two-assist effort against Delaware last Saturday, the reigning CAA Player of the Week tallied three goals with an assist in the Pride’s 12-7 victory over Drexel on Wednesday night.
Card has also scored seven of the Pride’s eight game-winning goals this year, which leads the league.
Meanwhile, Michael Colleluori ranks second on the team with 24 points, scoring 10 goals with a team-high 14 assists ... Colleluori has tallied a point in eight of the Pride’s nine games this year, including a two-goal, four-assist effort against Brown on February 28 ... He also had two goals with three assists in the season opener against Massachusetts.
Defensively, freshman Andrew Gvozden has been the leader in goal ... A starter in seven of the Pride’s nine games this year, Gvozden ranks second in the CAA with a 7.37 goals against average while his .587 save percentage is tied for second in the conference ... He is a two-time selection as the CAA’s Rookie of the Week.
Don’t expect a lot of penalties to be issued on Saturday as the Pride rank second in the CAA behind the Tigers in penalties and penalty minutes per game ... The Pride have been called for just 29 time-serving fouls in nine games ... In addition, they have served a total of 22.5 penalty minutes this season.
A Win Over Hofstra Would ...
Put the Tigers back at the .500 mark with a 6-6 record ... It would also be the Tigers’ fifth win in the last seven games after a 1-4 start to the season.
Put the Tigers into a tie for first place in the CAA standings with the Pride ... Both teams would have identical 4-1 league records.
Secure a berth for the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament ... It would be the Tigers’ sixth CAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years.
Snap the Pride’s six-game winning streak ... Hofstra has not lost since a 12-7 setback against Johns Hopkins on March 7.
Improve the Tigers’ home record to 3-1 this season.
Give Towson Coach Tony Seaman his 252nd career victory ... It would also be his 88th victory as the Tigers’ coach.
Give Coach Seaman his 21st career win against the Pride.
Towson vs. Hofstra - The Series
The Tigers and the Pride will face each other for the 40th time on Saturday in an all-time series which Hofstra leads by a 20-19 margin ... The Pride have won three of the last four meetings in the series after last year’s 13-8 victory at Shuart Stadium
The Tigers will be hosting Hofstra for the 18th time and will be looking to continue the success they have had on the Towson campus ... Towson has won 12 of 17 games against Hofstra at home, including five of the last six meetings.
Since the beginning of the 1999 season, the teams have faced each other 15 times, including five post-season encounters ... During that stretch, the Tigers have held a slim 8-7 advantage and have won four of the five playoff games ... The Tigers are a perfect 3-0 against Hofstra in the CAA Tournament.
After the Pride eliminated the Tigers in the 2000 America East Tournament, the Tigers used a four-goal effort from attackman Ryan Obloj to return the favor in the following season’s conference title game as Towson posted a 13-11 victory at Minnegan Stadium ... The win gave the Tigers a berth in the NCAA Tournament where they reached the semi-finals.
In 2003, the Tigers won both meetings against the Pride, including a 16-11 victory in the CAA Championship Game ... The Tigers also swept the season series in 2004 and eliminated the Pride from the play-offs with a 6-5 CAA semi-final victory.
After losing by 10-6 in the 2005 meeting, the Pride posted a 10-9 overtime victory at Shuart Stadium to snap a five-game losing streak against the Tigers in 2006 ... The Pride also edged the Tigers by 9-8 in overtime at Unitas Stadium two years ago, but Towson got its revenge with an 11-5 victory in the CAA semi-finals.
The Tigers will be hoping that Saturday’s game is not decided by a goal ... There have been eight games decided by a goal in the series and the Tigers have won just two of those encounters.
Last Year’s Meeting: Hofstra 13, Tigers 8
Led by a career-high five goals from Anthony Muscarella, the Pride used an eight-goal run to pull away in the second half for a 13-8 CAA victory over the Tigers ... It was the Pride’s third win over the Tigers in the last five meetings.
After battling to a 4-3 lead at the intermission, the Pride outscored Towson by a 9-5 margin in the second half to earn the victory ... It also featured an eight-goal run by the Pride in the third and fourth quarters which upped their lead to 13-4 late in the fourth quarter ... The Tigers responded by scoring four goals in the final four minutes, but Hofstra held off the rally for the victory.
While Muscarella posted a seven-point effort against the Pride, Dan Stein tallied two goals with an assist ... Goalkeeper Danny Orlando made eight saves for the Pride, who were outshot by a 33-30 margin.
Attackman Bill McCutcheon led the Tigers with a three-goal performance for his third “hat trick” of the season while Eric Boyle posted a goal with three assists.
A complete recap of the game along with an agate summary is available on page 48 of the 2009 Tiger men’s lacrosse media guide.
For a Good Cause
During Saturday’s game, the Tigers will be wearing green shoelaces to show their support for the HEADstrong Foundation, which promotes cancer research and awareness of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma ... The foundation was created by the Colleluori Family in memory of former Hofstra lacrosse player Nick Colleluori, who passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on November 28, 2006.
The idea for the Tigers to honor Colleluori today was sparked by Towson freshman midfielder Kevin Lalley, whose older sister, Jen, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2005 at the age of 19 ... She has been in remission for three years ... Kevin wears number 27 in honor of Jen, who played club lacrosse at Ohio State and graduated last year.
In addition, the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team has a special patch on its jerseys in Nick’s honor ... The Pride team members have also been active in the development of the Nick Colleluori Memorial Classic, which is in its third year.