The emphasis in practice this week can be boiled down to one word for Towson: finish.
The Tigers’ 13-9 loss to No. 17 Bucknell last Saturday was an exercise in frustration as Towson (0-1) took a 9-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The way the team dropped the game reminded coach Tony Seaman of a double-overtime setback to Johns Hopkins and one-goal losses to Hofstra and Villanova – the latter occurring in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament final.
"I think the fourth quarter becomes more and more important to us," Seaman said, noting that the offense whiffed on three 10-yard shots to begin the fourth quarter and three more as the Bison protected a 10-9 edge with about three minutes left in regulation. "… We don’t get blown out. We’re always in it. But in the fourth quarter, we’ve got to learn to finish, and we’ve got to learn to overcome that and beat some teams in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to learn to finish those games and become a winner instead of a close loser."
The Tigers got goals from nine different players, and one of them was freshman Matt Hughes, who contributed one goal and one assist against Bucknell. Seaman said Hughes got the nod to start for sophomore Matt Lamon and over sophomore Sean Maguire because Maguire and sophomore Stephen Norris share similar styles.
"Matt gives us the ability to dodge, and he’s so quick and fast, that he’s just a different kind of player," Seaman said. "He’s even more similar to what Matt Lamon was and what we had Matt Lamon doing."
Lamon, the sophomore attackman, is still recovering from an emergency appendectomy on Feb. 20. He is questionable for Saturday’s road game against No. 13 Stony Brook.
"Hopefully, we get Matt back on the field," Seaman said. "That’s a day-by-day process. So we’ll see what happens. … If he’s ready to play, we’ll put him on the field."