The Towson men's lacrosse team ran out to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and defeated visiting Keio University, 11-4, in an international friendly Wednesday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
"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."
Playing international rules did not slow down the Tigers, who got plenty of early shots. Junior 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.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun