After a 7-8 campaign that ended with five consecutive losses, there are several areas that Towson must address in the offseason. And one of those deficiencies involves the offense.
That unit finished the season scoring 8.3 goals per game. But after averaging 10.2 goals in their first 10 contests, the Tigers struggled to score 3.4 goals per game in their last five.
Coach Shawn Nadelen said a spate of injuries and departures helped to sap some of the offense’s punch.
“We were thin from start to finish with the amount of injuries and guys that had left the team,” he said. “We just didn’t have depth really and that hurt us a lot in practice and obviously on game day. Early in the year, we were playing a lot of middies both ways because we kind of had to, and that might have played into a little bit of midfield fatigue towards the end of the season and being able to only play maybe six guys at the midfield and having to shuffle some guys around from attack and midfield with injuries. … And it was unfortunate that we didn’t have as much active depth at the offensive end because I think that led to our deterioration in terms of being able to generate high-quality shots, which we did earlier in the season, and also be able to capitalize on those opportunities when we had those chances.”
The offense graduates three starters in attackmen Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon and midfielder Carl Iacona, but Nadelen is hopeful that players like sophomore midfielder Thomas DeNapoli, junior attackman Matt Hughes and freshman midfielder Justin Mabus can further develop their chemistry. There’s also a sentiment that a pair of freshmen in attackman Brian Pendergast and midfielder Ben McCarty – who missed the year with a concussion and a high ankle sprain and a hamstring injury, respectively – can contribute.
Nadelen said all options will be pursued and scrutinized in the offseason.
“We’re going to look into maybe some different things schematically that we want to address and just personnel-wise as far as where we have certain guys and being able to get the best production from everybody on the field,” he said.