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Towson men's lacrosse 2014 schedule by the numbers

Tigers to play nine of 14 games at Johnny Unitas Stadium

By Edward Lee

The Baltimore Sun

4:27 PM EST, December 9, 2013

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Towson has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Tigers, who went 10-8 last year, won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.

10: After scoring 10 goals in just two of its first 13 games, Towson scored at least 10 goals in four straight, including 11 each in wins against Drexel and Penn State to claim the CAA tournament title.

9: Nine of 14 games are scheduled for Johnny Unitas Stadium. It’s the most games at home since 2010, but that year included two CAA tournament games. The last time the Tigers had nine regular-season games at home was 2008.

8: Towson ranked 19th in Division I in defense last spring, surrendering an average of 9.3 goals. The team was 8-0 when allowing eight goals or less.

7: Sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty (South Carroll) scored seven goals in the Tigers’ two CAA tournament wins. Six of those came on seven shots in an 11-8 upset of Drexel in a tournament semifinal.

6: Towson will play a CAA schedule that has been reduced from six league games to five. St. Joseph’s left the conference to join the Northeastern Conference. Fairfield will shift from the Eastern College Athletic Conference to the CAA for the 2015 season.

5: The Tigers have a stretch when they will play five of six at home. That span includes home games against Georgetown (Feb. 22), Mount St. Mary’s (March 1), Navy (March 11), UMBC (March 18) and Delaware (March 22). The only road game during that stretch is at Marist (March 7).

4: Towson’s offense was powered by four players who scored at least 19 goals each. Senior attackman Thomas DeNapoli paced the unit with 41 goals. Senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson scored 27 times, junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello 23 and junior attackman Cory Dobyns 19.

3: The Tigers were the third-worst team in Division I at faceoffs, winning just 36.5 percent (141-of-386) last year. That unit must improve to give the offense a chance to relieve some of the pressure on the first-year starting goalkeeper (more on that later).

2: Towson will meet just two opponents that qualified for the NCAA tournament last spring. The team travels to Baltimore to tangle with Loyola on Feb. 19 and will welcome Penn State to Johnny Unitas Stadium on April 12.

1: The Tigers must replace just one starter, but the graduation of goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage is a huge hole to fill. He started all 18 games last season and posted a 9.33 goals-against average and a .592 save percentage. The goalies on the current roster are very inexperienced. Junior Tyler White and sophomore Ryan Adler have played in just one game each, and Kolby Caplin and Matt Hoy are freshmen.

Towson 2014 schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Time (ET)

   

  Sat, Feb 08

 High Point

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Sat, Feb 15

 Johns Hopkins

Baltimore

  TBA

   

  Wed, Feb 19

 Loyola Maryland

Baltimore

  TBA

   

  Sat, Feb 22

 Georgetown

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Sat, Mar 01

 Mount St. Mary's

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Fri, Mar 07

 Marist

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Tue, Mar 11

 Navy

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Tue, Mar 18

 UMBC

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Sat, Mar 22

 Delaware *

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Sat, Mar 29

 Hofstra *

Hempstead, N.Y.

  TBA

   

  Sat, Apr 05

 Massachusetts *

Amherst, Mass.

  TBA

   

  Sat, Apr 12

 Penn State *

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:30 p.m.

   

  Sat, Apr 19

 Drexel *

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  7:00 p.m.

   

  Tue, Apr 22

 Pennsylvania

Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson)

  TBA

   

 *Colonial Athletic Association game