Towson men defeat Keio University, 11-4, in fall ball friendly
Tigers run out to 5-1 lead in first quarter against Japan's premier lacrosse-playing school
"It was a great evening," Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said. "We were happy to welcome Keio University to Towson. They are the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan, and we were honored to host them."
Thomas DeNapoli scored unassisted at 16:37 in the first quarter. Keio University displayed good ball movement and tallied an equalizer at 8:10 in the first quarter when Keisuke Ishiguro connected with Makoto Takahashi for Keio's first goal.
Playing at an up-tempo pace, Towson poured in four more goals before the first intermission. DeNapoli scored again off a feed from junior Devin Grimaldi, and sophomore Cory Dobyns and DeNapoli combined for the last Towson goal of the first quarter.
The final three 20-minute quarters featured fewer goals as both teams settled in. Redshirt sophomore Robby Zoppo (Calvert Hall) scored two goals -- one each in the second and third quarters -- for Towson.
"It was good to shake off the rust," Nadelen said. "We wanted to install a few things. We have 16 fresh faces on the team this year, so it was a good experience for them to get out on the field."
Towson outshot Keio 42-24 and won 13 of 19 faceoffs. The Tigers continue their fall season with the Play for Parkinson's Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they face Air Force and Virginia at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.