Towson limping into conference tournament

Towson achieved its preseason objective of qualifying for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. But the Tigers didn’t do it with the kind of flourish they might have been hoping for.

Towson (7-7 overall and 2-4 in the CAA) is in the midst of a four-game losing streak – capped by Saturday’s 6-3 loss to conference foe St. Joseph’s, a program that had yet to beat a league opponent. That all changed Saturday as the Hawks shut out the Tigers in the second and third quarters.

Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said the team committed too many physical and mental errors to emerge with a victory.

“It seemed like we forgot how to play the basics of lacrosse,” he said Monday morning. “We had trouble just making the simplest plays in terms of catching and throwing and being able to connect passes as guys are running upfield. We made that goalie [senior Griffin Ferrigan] look very good. He’s a good goalie, but when you shoot in places you’re not supposed to shoot – specifically high and stick side where we knew he was very good – we gave him a lot of confidence and let him see the ball early. I think it just allowed them to get some energy and juice. Their goalie had 13 saves on the day, and we had good opportunities. We just didn’t shoot the ball well.”

The Tigers’ four-game skid doesn’t inspire much optimism as they must travel to Amherst, Mass., to tangle with top-seeded Massachusetts (13-0, 6-0) Wednesday night. But Nadelen said the semifinal matchup presents a potential new road for Towson.

“It’s a brand new season,” he said. “We’re 0-0. UMass is 0-0. We’ve got to go out there and play the game. That’s kind of our focus. We can’t worry about anything that happened before us. … We’ve got new life, we’re in the playoffs, and we’re going to approach it that way.”

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