|Game 13: Tigers at Delaware|
|Date/Time||Apr. 18, 2009 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Newark, Del. | Rullo Stadium (2,000)|
|Talent||Spiro Morekas (PXP), Greg LaCour (Color)|
|Tickets||Available at the gate; $5 - Adults, $3 - Children|
|2009 Stats||Towson | Delaware|
|Series||Towson leads, 33-15|
|Last Meeting||April 5, 2008 - Towson 10, Delaware 7|
Towson-Delaware Game Data
Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Tigers will play their final Colonial Athletic Association game of the season when they travel to the University of Delaware for a clash with the long-time rival Blue Hens ... Opening face-off at Rullo Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
It will be the 49th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which the Tigers lead by a 33-15 margin.
Now 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAA, the Tigers are coming off a tough 11-10 loss against Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium ... Meanwhile, the Blue Hens edged Robert Morris by a 12-10 margin at Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday afternoon to even their CAA record to 2-2 while improving to 5-8 overall.
The game will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on WTMD-FM 89.7, Towson University’s award-winning public radio station ... In addition, it will be available on the station’s website, www.wtmd.org ... Spiro Morekas, 83 is in his 19th season as the play-by-play voice of Towson men’s lacrosse while Greg LaCour, 81 is in his third season as the color analyst.
Live stats for Saturday’s game will be available by visiting the University of Delaware official athletics website, www.bluehens.com(.) ... There will not be a video feed available for Saturday’s game at Delaware.
Previewing the Blue Hens
Picked to finish second in the CAA preseason poll, the Blue Hens are currently tied with Villanova for third place in the conference standings ... The Blue Hens have overcome a rough start to the season by winning three of their last five games, including each of the last two outings ... Delaware opened the season by losing six of its first eight games.
Led by long-time Coach Bob Shillinglaw, the Blue Hens bring a 5-8 overall record and a 2-2 CAA mark into Saturday’s clash with the Tigers ... The Blue Hens have been held to under 10 goals in nine of their 13 games this season and are averaging 8.70 goals per outing.
Junior attackman Curtis Dickson will be looking to repeat his performance from last week when he was named as the CAA Co-Player of the Week ... He scored seven goals with three assists in the Blue Hens’ two victories, including a four-goal, three-assist effort against Robert Morris in the 12-10 victory ... All four of his goals against the Colonials came in the second half.
An All-American selection last year, Dickson has scored a point in 38 straight games, which is the fifth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I ... He has scored 30 goals with 9 assists this year.
A Win Over Delaware Would ...
Improve the Tigers’ overall record to 6-7 ... It would also give the Tigers a 4-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Secure a berth in the CAA Tournament for the Tigers ... It would mark their sixth CAA Tournament appearance in seven years.
Improve the Tigers’ all-time record over Delaware to 34-15 ... It would also be the Tigers’ second straight win in the series.
Give Towson Coach Tony Seaman the 252nd victory of his career ... It would also be his 88th victory as the Tigers’ coach.
Give Towson Coach Tony Seaman his 17th career win against Delaware ... He has a 16-6 career record against the Blue Hens.
Towson vs. Delaware - The Series
Saturday’s CAA affair between the Tigers and the Blue Hens will mark the 49th installment in a series which dates back to the 1961 season ... After last year’s 10-7 victory at Johnny Unitasฎ Stadium, the Tigers lead the all-time series by a 33-15 margin.
Since joining the CAA in 2002, the teams have met 10 times, including three times in the CAA Tournament ... The Tigers have won seven of the last ten outings between the two teams, including the 2005 CAA Championship at Rullo Stadium with a 9-8 victory ... In 2006 and 2007, the Blue Hens defeated the Tigers in the CAA play-offs ... The 2007 postseason victory gave the Blue Hens their first CAA men’s lacrosse championship.
In the Tigers’ 10-9 victory over the Blue Hens on April 11, 2007, Randall Cooper scored a career-high four goals as Towson held off a late Delaware rally to remain perfect in the CAA and secure home-field advantage in the conference tournament.
Last Year’s Meeting: Tigers 10, Delaware 7
Senior attackman Jonathan Engelke and junior attackman Bill McCutcheon combined for seven goals and five assists as the Tigers overcame a 6-3 half-time deficit to post a 10-7 victory over 17th-ranked Delaware at Unitas Stadium ... The Tigers used a seven-goal run in the second half to defeat the Blue Hens.
McCutcheon tallied three of his season-high four goals during the run while Engelke had two goals and three assists ... He ended the game with three goals and a career-high four assists.
The Blue Hens used a pair of three-goal spurts to build a 6-3 lead at the intermission before the Tigers made their comeback ... They held the Blue Hens scoreless for 32 minutes, 13 seconds while running off seven straight goals ... Delaware did not score in the second half until senior midfielder Brett Manney scored with 2:55 remaining.
While Engelke and McCutcheon paced the Tiger offense, senior goalkeeper Billy Sadtler anchored the Towson defensive effort by making 12 saves ... Towson outshot Delaware by a 39-34 margin in the victory.
Sophomore midfielder Martin Cahill scored one goal with two assists in the loss for Delaware while senior goalkeeper Tom Scherr made 14 saves and became the sixth Delaware goalkeeper to reach 600 career saves.
On This Date in Tiger Lacrosse History: April 18
The fact that the Tigers are playing Saturday’s game on the road should be a good sign since the road team has won 9 of the previous 11 games in Tiger lacrosse history played on April 18 ... Overall, the Tigers have a 5-6 record in April 18 games.
This will be the second straight year that the Tigers are playing on April 18 ... They dropped a 7-4 decision against Villanova in last year’s game played on this date ... It was the Wildcats’ first-ever win over Towson in the all-time series.
Win And You’re In
The message that Coach Tony Seaman will be delivering to his players leading up to Saturday’s game against Delaware is that a win over the Blue Hens will secure a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament ... It would mark the Tigers’ sixth CAA Tournament appearance in seven years.
A loss against the Blue Hens would not automatically eliminate the Tigers from postseason consideration, but could hurt their chances of returning to the four-team tournament.
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.