As conference tourney nears, Towson coach Shawn Nadelen looks to bounce back

Towson's 13-7 loss to No. 19 Drexel on Saturday prevented the Tigers from leapfrogging the Dragons for the No. 2 seed and a home game in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

The Tigers had already secured a spot in the league’s postseason after an 8-1 loss to Penn State on April 12.

Nonetheless, Towson is just 1-3 in its last four games, and that stretch has undercut some of the enthusiasm the team might have heading into the conference tournament.

“It’s exciting to know that you’re going to be in the tournament and that you’ve given yourself an opportunity through conference play to be in it and to play for it,” Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said Monday. “But we’re not comfortable with the way we’ve been playing recently.”

The Tigers’ six-game winning streak spanning February and March seems like a long time ago, and they are in need of some momentum before traveling to Philadelphia to play Drexel in a league tournament semifinal April 30.

“You always want to play well toward the end of the season heading into postseason play. Our record indicates that we’re not doing that,” Nadelen said. “We’re not making a lot of the plays that we should be making. So we’re continuing to work through it. We need the guys that are on the field in position to make plays to do that, and when the opportunities arise, to be able to succeed in those opportunities.”

Towson (8-5) has one more opponent to deal with before the CAA tournament when No. 10 Penn (7-3) visits Johnny Unitas Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The outcome won’t factor into the conference seeding, but Nadelen said the team won’t look past the Quakers.

“Every game we play is important,” he said. “Penn has had a really good year, and they’re ranked in the top 10 in the country. So they’re going to be a formidable opponent, and it’s a great opportunity for us to get out there and showcase who we are to ourselves and prove to ourselves that we can get back to our winning ways and execute at a high level and capitalize on the opportunities.”

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