Towson tops No. 6 Johns Hopkins 7-5 for first win vs. Blue Jays since 1996
TOWSON, Md. -- Towson held No. 5 Johns Hopkins to just two goals during the final 50 minutes of the game while pulling off a 7-5 upset victory against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The win is Towson's first against a top-five opponent since knocking off then-No. 2 UMBC 12-11 on April 4, 2012. It's also the first win for the Tigers against Johns Hopkins since 1996 and first win against the Blue Jays at home since 1989.
"I'm extremely proud and excited for our team," Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen said. "Our guys did a great job staying at a high level throughout the game and keeping their emotions in check. Being the fourth team ever at Towson to beat Hopkins is a great accomplishment and something that we're proud of. We hope that it's the start of something exciting this year and that we're able to build on the momentum of this."
Senior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Joe Seider tallied a pair of goals, while sophomore Ryan Drenner scored a goal and dished out a game-high three assists in the win. Junior goalkeeper Tyler White was impressive the entire night for Towson, posting 12 saves.
After the Tigers (1-0) scored the first goal of the game, the Blue Jays (1-1) used a 3-0 run to take a 3-1 lead with 9:13 remaining in the second quarter. However, Towson's defense would hold JHU scoreless over the next 23:46 while the Tigers went on a 5-0 run spanning two quarters. A Mike Lynch goal with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter capped the run and gave Towson a 6-3 advantage.
Ryan Brown got Hopkins back on the board with 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but Seider tallied his second goal of the night early in the fourth quarter to increase Towson's lead to 7-4 with 13:16 remaining.
The Blue Jays added a late goal with 1:09 remaining, but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Junior Pat Conroy stepped up in the face-off X for the Tigers, winning seven of 10. Towson outshot Johns Hopkins 34-31 and converted 15 of 17 clear attempts.