College lacrosse: Balance lifts No. 11 Towson over No. 5 Loyola
BALTIMORE – With a balanced scoring effort from its attack and midfielders, combined with another shutdown performance from the defense, the No. 11 Towson men's lacrosse team bested local rival No. 5 Loyola 10-8 Wednesday night at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Six different Tigers (4-0) scored, including a five-point day from junior attackman Joe Seider (4g, 1a). Ryan Drenner had three assists and has 10 points in Towson's last two games.
How It Happened
- Loyola took advantage of two Towson penalties in the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the period.
- Greyhound Pat Spencer hit in the sixth minute on a dodge-from-behind move. But junior Tiger Joe Seider bounced home the tying goal on a dish from Brian Bolewicki. The play was set up along the backline after Ryan Drenner saved an errant pass and flicked it to Bolewicki.
- The Greyhounds scored back-to-back man-up goals on two 30 penalties against the Tigers. Jordan Germershausen scored with 5:55 left in the period, followed by Spencer's second of the game with 2:04.
- Towson rebounded to make it a one-goal game with just 6.4 seconds left. Seider bulleted home his second of the day on a Drenner dish.
- Midway through the second quarter, Towson tied things at 3-3 as Tyler Konen potted his first goal of the year. Seider had the assist and a hand in Towson's first three goals.
- Loyola took a 5-3 lead on back-to-back Romar Dennis goals with 5:38 and 3:24 left in the second. Towson pulled back within one as Mike Lynch ripped a shot that appeared to hit Loyola keeper Grant Limone, but made it over the line with pace. It marked the first time in 2016 the Tigers trailed at the break.
- The backbone of the team, Towson's defense held the Greyhounds without a goal in the third quarter. It marked the first time this season Loyola was scoreless in a quarter.
- Towson countered that drought with two goals from Seider, including one with the 30 second shot clock on. Drenner had the assists on both goals.
- The Tigers extended their run to five unanswered with back-to-back goals to open the fourth quarter from Tyler Young and Ben McCarty on almost identical alley dodges. The Greyhounds snapped the run with 8:47 to play, ending a 25-minute scoreless drought. Tyler Albrecht scored on a pass from Brian Sherlock, followed by Germershausen's second of the game. Zack Sirico had the second assist.
- Towson scored two of the final three goals, with McCarty unassisted with five minutes to go and Spencer Parks with 3:25 on the clock. Sherlock split the two Tiger goals with 4:19 to play.
By the Numbers
- Konen scored the 600th Towson goal in the series with Loyola, the longest-running series in program history. The Tigers and Greyhounds first met in Towson's first season in 1959.
- The Greyhounds out-shot Towson 41-33, putting 24 of those shots on goal. But the Tigers were backstopped by Tyler White, who made a season-high 16 saves, including 10 in the first half.
- Faceoff specialist Alec Burckley went the distance for Towson, winning a season-best 12 faceoffs on 21 attempts (.571).
- The Tigers snapped an eight-game skid against Loyola, picking up the first win in the series since a 9-8 victory on Feb. 26, 2007 in a road contest.
- Towson improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1992 and off to the program's best start under head coach Shawn Nadelen. The Tigers have won three of their last four games against Greater Baltimore opponents, including two top-five wins.
- The Tigers have not allowed an opponent to score double digits in a game yet this season. Loyola has the high-water mark for the season with its eight goals.