Senior attackman Thomas DeNapoli led all scorers with five points on four goals and one assists in No. 18 Towson’s 11-8 season-opening victory over High Point. He also got some help from an unlikely source.
Freshman Joe Seider recorded three goals and one assist in his collegiate debut for the Tigers. The Hereford graduate scored three of the team’s seven goals in the second half, but coach Shawn Nadelen did not seem surprised by the rookie’s outburst on his 19th birthday.
“We knew Joe would be in position to score goals and make plays, and I’m glad that he capitalized on it,” Nadelen said Tuesday. “We know he would have liked to have had a couple more being in the position that he was and with the opportunities that he had. I know Joe was excited to get his first real Division I action in a game and he capitalized on his birthday with a hat trick.
"We’re excited about that early production and know that this is going to generate more attention toward him. So he’s got to develop and be more impactful with more attention being paid to him.”
Seider came off the bench as DeNapoli and fellow seniors Max Siskind and Devin Grimaldi started. Siskind, who had scored one career goal, scored twice against the Panthers, but Grimaldi did not register a point. Still, Nadelen said he is leaning toward using Seider as the offense’s fourth attackman.
“Production always puts you in place to get more minutes,” Nadelen said. “I think we still feel comfortable with Devin in that [starting] role and Joe coming in. It gives us more depth and more opportunity for guys to be productive in that position. Joe proved that he can get in there and get it done, and Devin has proved in the past of being able to do that. So we’ve got to continue to get good production from both of those guys.”
Similarly, Nadelen said he is comfortable with staying with junior Tyler White as the starting goalkeeper despite him surrendering twice as many goals (eight) as he had saves (four) against High Point.
Nadelen said he and White had “a good conversation” about his play on Saturday, which may have reaffirmed his decision to stick with White over freshman Matt Hoy and sophomore Ryan Adler as the team prepares to meet No. 13 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in Baltimore on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“I think Tyler’s proven that he can still be our guy,” Nadelen said. “We do have capable guys behind him in Matt and Ryan Adler that if need be, those guys could step in and do good things. But we’ve got confidence in Tyler to get in there and do well.”