Throughout his playing career at Albemarle (Va.) High School and Essex Community College, Towson goalkeeper Billy Sadtler had never registered an assist.
In Towson's 12-10 loss to No. 16 Bucknell last night, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior became the first Tigers goalie to post two assists in a single game. Sadtler's first assist was a bullet of at least 60 yards to senior attackman Jonathan Engelke, whose goal tied the score at four with 7:44 in the second quarter.
"They were 10-man riding, and in my head I had about a 17-second count on the 20," Sadtler said. "So I decided that I would look it off. I saw Jon down in the corner. I looked it off and I just threw it. I guess it went right into his stick and he scored. So that was pretty good."
Sadtler's second helper ended the third quarter when he launched another bomb to junior midfielder Randall Cooper, who beat Bison junior goalkeeper Nick Sciubba from the doorstep with one second left.
"That was actually my first time," Sadtler said. "When I was at Essex, I don’t think I had any assists. I’m not going to lie. That might have been my first and second right there."
* Towson's first 1-5 start since 2000 has been marked by an inability to get an early lead. Bucknell sophomore attackman Austin Winter's goal 1:38 into the first quarter meant that the Tigers have surrendered the first goal of the game in all six contests this season.
* Towson has not enjoyed a lead at halftime in any game this season. The Tigers' best halftime showing was a 7-7 tie with then-No. 2 Virginia on March 15.
* Engelke's 93rd career goal vaulted him into seventh place past Brad Reppert (1998, 2000-02) on the program's all-time goals list. Engelke is only four goals away from leapfrogging Bob Griebe (1972-75) for sixth place.