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Wake Up on the Strong Side: March 26
Courtesy: Simon Habtemariam, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 03/26/2012
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Happy Monday, Tiger Nation. I am @Simon_HWT aka The Heavyweight and it's time to Wake Up on the Strong Side.

--Eat Mor Chikin


@Towson_MLAX opened conference play with a home win over arch-nemesis Delaware, 13-8.

Before the Tigers extended their current winning streak to three, I asked a few questions for the Tigers to answer, and even offered up a few predictions.

1. We've seen the Tigers play very slow, controlled games and we've now seen them pile on the goals against Mercer. The Tigers and Blue Hens will play a fast-paced game?

My Thoughts: No, Towson proved they have the capability to be explosive - but Delaware is not Mercer. Also, don't think playing a controlled game will be bad, the Blue Hens will want to play a fast game and will want to try and out-slug the Tigers but if Towson dictates the tempo on defense they can really shake up the Blue Hens and put them out of their comfort zone.

What Happened: The Tigers played fast when they needed to, in fact they scored within the first four seconds of the game. They've made night and day improvements in executing offensive coach Anthony Gilardi's very disciplined offense.

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2. Delaware will be able to disrupt the Tigers on offense and force a lot of mistakes?

My Thoughts: The Tigers are not a team with crippling weaknesses - they're a somewhat young roster that, if prepared for, can be exposed from time to time. Against Hopkins, they could not clear the ball for a good two quarters - and against Loyola they kept putting the ball on the ground. While nobody can not play perfectly, and plug up every hole at once - they are a team that doesn't usually make the same mistakes twice in a row. Example -  Can UD force turnovers, yeah - but then the Tigers will probably clear perfect, or have no penalities, or get off 40 shots, etc.

What Happened: Both teams were very physical throughout the entire game - and the rain didn't help Towson's cause, as they had almost double the groundballs as Delaware: 33-17.

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3. Will the Tigers (4-3. 0-0 CAA) beat the Blue Hens (3-5, 0-1)?

My Thoughts: Yes. The Tigers will play their game - now that they've figured out their offensive strengths will be able to impose their will on the Blue Hens who have suffered a few momentum killing losses (Hofstra & Mount St. Mary) It is a rivalry game, and Towson will come out strong and finish strong like they usually do. The third quarter will be the decisive factor in how well Towson can hold on to early leads.

Towson 13 - Delaware 9

What Happened: The Tigers laid the lumber - despite the sloppy weather and youth on their roster, they kept up with Delaware physically and made up for the groundballs with the best offensive execution they've shown all season.

Towson 13 - Delaware 8



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