Towson sophomore attackman Cory Dobyns sat out the Saturday’s 10-8 loss to No. 12 Penn State, and a timetable for his return is unclear.
Coach Shawn Nadelen said Dobyns, who ranks second on the Tigers (7-6 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) in goals with 18 and third in points with 20, suffered an injury in a 9-5 victory over Massachusetts on April 6. Nadelen said he has not heard anything indicating that Dobyns sustained a season-ending injury, but he also said he is not certain whether Dobyns will play in Saturday’s road contest against No. 20 Drexel (9-3, 4-1).
“We’re not sure right now,” Nadelen said Monday morning. “We’re waiting to see how the injury reacts. Our medical staff is doing a good job with it, but we’re not sure right now.”
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Without Dobyns, Towson’s starting attack of juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Devin Grimaldi and redshirt sophomore Max Siskind combined for just one goal on seven shots and chipped in two assists. Nadelen conceded that Dobyns’ absence from the offense was noticeable.
“Overall, we continue to run the same systems and same offensive style, but Cory brings us a lot of IQ on the field,” he said. “He sometimes makes the plays that you can’t coach. He ends up freeing up a lot of guys because he gains a lot of attention for his movement off-ball within the offense. Cory’s a guy that at times makes really intelligent plays and game-changing plays that can free up himself or free up other guys to help us win games. So it’s tough to have his absence, but the other guys on the field have to step up, and I think the guys are willing and capable of doing that.”
The 5-foot-6, 160-pound Siskind earned his first career start for Dobyns, and although he did not take a shot, Siskind collected two ground balls. Nadelen, who declined to announce that Siskind would start against Drexel if Dobyns was unavailable, said he liked what he saw from Siskind.
“He did what Max is capable of doing,” Nadelen said. “He hustles, he’s good in scramble situations. He’s not the most physically imposing guy. He’s one of the smallest guys on our roster. But he’s got a good understanding of the offense, he works hard, he moves off the ball, which is going to be a primary role for him. He’s seeing a lot of his first significant time, and it might take him a little while to get used to things. Against Penn State, I think he understood that he’s playing lacrosse out there with his team just like in practice, and he got better. He picked up a couple key ground balls for us in that game, which was nice.”