Towson forged the program’s largest fourth-quarter rally when it turned a 9-3 deficit into a 10-9 win in double overtime against Colonial Athletic Association rival Hofstra Saturday night.
It was the Tigers’ largest comeback in the second half. The previous mark was a four-goal hole in the third quarter to Loyola in 2001 before that squad notched a 19-14 victory.
How that victory will impact the program is undetermined, but coach Shawn Nadelen said he was pleased to see his players’ willpower.
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“You hope it gives our guys a great deal of confidence knowing what we’re capable of doing,” he said Monday morning. “But you also have to look on the flipside and understand that putting ourselves in that situation is not something that we want to be about. Hofstra played great right from the start and buried some opportunities and stretched the game out in the second half. But for our guys to have the gumption and the ability to want to stick with the game plan and really tune it up in that fourth quarter when our backs were against the wall shows the amount of fight and competitiveness and expectations that the guy put upon themselves to win while wearing that Towson jersey.”
The victory over Towson (6-3 overall and 2-0 in the CAA) not only extended the team’s winning streak to four, but it also helped the squad to improve to 4-0 in contests decided by two goals or less. Last year, the Tigers were 1-5 in one-goal decisions.
Nadelen said the difference has been the players’ change in attitude in tight games.
“Our guys have bought into the system and into the understanding that the littlest things make the biggest differences,” he said. “Our guys have been able to stay fairly poised and keep their composure in some tight games, and that just allows us to continue to execute at both ends of the field and just have that confidence. I think our guys stay fairly relaxed out there, and that’s a good thing. I think that speaks to our maturity. We had a young group last year, and we lost five one-goal games. Those guys are a year older, and we’ve got some older guys who are keeping things fairly level-headed and making sure the team is staying focused at those times.”