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Courtesy: Spiro Morekas, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 03/14/2012
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By SPIRO MOREKAS
TowsonTigers.com

Its been a mixed bag for the Towson lacrosse team through the first four games of the season.  After opening up with a road win against Jacksonville on February 11th, the Tigers got a dose of reality in weeks two and three.  The Tigers opened strong against No. 2 Johns Hopkins on February 17th, only to falter in the second half before losing 12-6. 

The following week, the Tigers fell to No. 12 Loyola 13-6.  In both of those games, the Tigers had real problems clearing the ball.  Against Hopkins, the Tigers were just 17-25 after going 19-20 against Jacksonville.  It seemed like every time the Tigers made a mistake, it turned into a Blue Jay fast break goal.  Towson was a little better against Loyola going 15-18.

The Tigers have also had a problem getting shots off.  Against the Blue Jays they were outshot 42-18 and against Loyola it was 49-22. 

On March 3rd, the Tigers bounced back with a win against Mount Saint Mary’s 10-8.  The Tigers not only got back to .500, they seemed to get a little mojo back on the offensive end.  Even though Towson was outshot 34-24, they were much more accurate. 

It may sound strange, but the guy who may have ignited the Tigers, was a player who shows up in the boxscore with just a shot and a turnover.  That player is sophomore Peter Athens.  Yes - the same Peter Athens who is the backup quarterback on the Tiger football team.  Peter checked into the game early in the first half.  It was his first appearance of the season.  The first time he got the ball, he fired a shot from the right side.  It went wide, but it showed some aggressiveness that we hadn’t seen from the Tigers the prior two weeks.

Towson had ten days off before taking on Navy on Tuesday night. The Tigers head up to Long Island for a matchup against Stony Brook this weekend. 

We have to remember that even though Head Coach Shawn Nadelen (below) was Tony Seaman’s top assistant, he is in the top spot for the first time.  He also has two brand new assistants in former Tiger Dan Cocchi, and former Naval Academy assistant Anthony Gilardi.  Cocchi brings a fire to the defense and Gilardi has insta lled a new offensive system. 

It's my opinion that by the time the Tigers get into Colonial Athletic Association play on March 24th against Delaware at Johnny Unitas Stadium, we will start seeing the fruits of all the hard work this staff and players have done since practice started in January.  

The starting lineup from the Mt St Mary’s game last week shows that all three middies did not start for the Tigers last season, and two of the three defensemen are also new. 

The Tigers are also still figuring out who the goalie should be, as both last year’s starter Travis Love and Andrew Wascavage have both played well in alternating time.  I truly believe this team could be a force by the time the CAA tourney rolls around the first week in May. 

And isn’t that when you want to be playing your best?

Programming Notes:  Join me and Damon Lewis on Thursday at Bill Bateman’s in Towson for Tiger Talk ...  We will be there from 6-7 p.m., along with Coach Shawn Nadelen ...  We will talk about Tuesday’s Navy game and Saturday’s matchup at Stony Brook. 

If you can’t make it out to Bateman’s, you can hear Tiger Talk on AM 1570 WNST or right here on Towsontigers.com.

Hunter Lochte and I will be with you Saturday at 12:45 on WNST with the Tigers matchup against Stony Brook in Long Island. 

And don’t forget the Tigers are back home on March 21st to take on Mercer.


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