Wake Up on the Strong Side: March 13
Courtesy: Simon Habtemariam, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 03/13/2012
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Good Morning, Tiger Nation. I am @Simon_HWT aka The Heavyweight and it's time to Wake Up on the Strong Side.

--Tigers Host Navy

@Towson_MLAX will host the Naval Academy tonight at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers coming off ten days rest will look to win start their first win streak of the year. Navy hopes they can orchestrate another come from behind win, similar to their four goal rally last season.

When the Tigers and the Midshipmen meet on the field tonight, I will be looking for the Tigers to answer the following questions. But first - I'm going to try and predict what happens...

1. The Tigers are 2-0 in games where they do not allow an opponent over 40 shots. Will the Mids offense be able to fire off over 40 shots.

My Thoughts: No, the Tigers defense allowed elite shooting teams Hopkins and Loyola the seperation needed to fire from all points of the field. Since then, former defensive midfielder, now head coach Shawn Nadelen has the Tigers press more as seen against the Mount. Navy will have to beat the Tigers with speed in order to penetrate the D and earn their shots.

On top of their defensive woes against Loyola and Hopkins - the Tigers offense had problems clearing and maintaining possession. So just cleaning up Towson's offense and controlling the ball better will cut back on Navy's scoring opportunities.

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2. Has splitting time hurt the Tigers' two goalies' performance? Will the Mids capitalize?

My Thoughts: Not Really. Travis Love and Andrew Wascavage are both good goalies - and have both started at least one game and have both come into the game at the half. Whether starting and playing the whole game, starting and splitting time or coming in at the half - the goalie play has seemed to be most dictated by how well the Tigers' defense plays and how efficient the offense can be.

We still haven't seen Love play an entire game this season - but we have seen him play well in the past. Whoever Nadelen picks for the fulltime job will do well but will definitely need some help from his defense.

Like I said above - I don't think the Mids will get the best of the Tigers' defense. They're not as explosive as Loyola and they're definitely not as physically imposing as Hopkins

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3. Will the Tigers (2-2) beat the Midshipmen (2-3)?

My Thoughts: Yes. Towson and Navy will both try to dictate the pace of the game. Home field advantage along with a big momentum win over Mount St. Mary will give Towson the gusto to beat out Navy in a chess match.

Towsn 12 - Navy 9

--On the other side of Campus

@Towson_BASE  is back in action with a 5 game home stand, beginning this afternoon when Buffalo comes to visit Schuerholz Park.

Coach Mike Gottlieb checks in with Towson Sports Network.



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