Shawn Nadelen found what he was looking for in No. 19 Towson’s 9-1 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday as the defense did not surrender a goal until midway through the fourth quarter and the offense was productive with nine goals and 40 shots.
But the coach also did his best to keep the players grounded after beating a Mountaineers squad that graduated 95.5 percent of its goal scoring and has been further depleted by injuries this season.
“You’re excited about the win. Any win in Division I lacrosse is a good one,” Nadelen said Monday evening. “But you understand that we still could have played a lot more efficient. We could have played better and executed better on both ends of the field. They were dealing with some issues from graduation and injuries. So we need to make it more about us and understand that when we have opportunities, we need to make the plays and take a step in a good direction. We definitely still have some major things to work on.”
In addition to the offense and defense, the Tigers (3-2) were encouraged by the re-emergence of faceoff specialist Conor Pequigney. After combining to win just 10 of 29 draws in back-to-back losses to No. 9 Johns Hopkins and No. 10 Loyola and sitting out the team’s 8-7 decision against Georgetown on Feb. 22, the sophomore won 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) faceoffs and collected four ground balls.
“I think Conor’s a talented young man,” Nadelen said. “He was dealing with some stuff with regards to confidence and getting his head screwed back on straight. This gave him a good chance to do that. He was going against a guy that he was pretty familiar with, so I hoped that gave him more confidence, and we’ve got another tough one coming up in Marist [on Friday night]. [Sophomore Dominic Montemurro] is very good, and his wings are very good. So we’ll see how he does against these guys.”