There was plenty to be excited about, but no team had a better start to the season then Towson.
Towson (1-0) stunned then-No. 5 Johns Hopkins (2-1) 7-5 on Tuesday, in a crosstown clash at Johnny Unitas Stadium. It was Towson’s first win against a top-five opponent since a 13-12 win at Johns Hopkins in April 1996.
The pollsters responded by improving the Tigers to No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse weekly rankings.
Towson trailed 3-1 before scoring five unanswered goals in a 24-minute span to crush Johns Hopkins’ early momentum. The Tigers held the Blue Jays to two goals during the final 50 minutes of the game.
Senior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Joe Seider each scored two goals. Sophomore Ryan Drenner scored once and delivered a game-high three assists while junior goalkeeper Tyler White posted 12 saves and was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week.
Towson faces another local top-10 team when it hosts No. 8 Loyola on Wednesday.
No. 1 Denver (1-0)
The nation’s preseason favorite proved it deserved the honor with a 17-13 win against reigning national champion Duke. In his first collegiate game Big East Offensive Player of the Week Trevor Baptiste won 25 of 34 faceoffs, one shy of the school record. Denver hosts Air Force Saturday, Feb. 21, and Furman Sunday, Feb. 22.
No. 3 Syracuse (2-0)
The 100th meeting between Cornell and Syracuse became Orange head coach John Desko’s 200th victory. Syracuse built an early 6-1 lead in the first half. The Orange also opened its season with a 21-7 rout of Siena. Junior attackman Dylan Donahue and senior defenseman Sean Young earned the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) Players of the Week honors.
In its second season, Richmond won back-to-back regular-season games for the first time in program history and scored a team-record 15 goals in its win against Rutgers for a 2-0 start. Sophomore midfielder Mitch Goldberg’s five goals scored against the Scarlet Knights were also a program record. The win was improved the Spiders to 4-0 in rematches after losing the first meetings against all four opponents.