A year after Towson found itself as the No. 3 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament before embarking on upsets of second-seeded Drexel and top-seeded Penn State to qualify for the NCAA postseason, the Tigers (8-6 overall and 2-3 in the league) are the No. 3 seed again with a semifinal date on Wednesday at Drexel (10-4, 4-1).
It sounds like a case of déjà vu, and coach Shawn Nadelen said he hasn’t had to revive last year’s memory with the players.
“The guys are kind of reminding themselves,” he said on Monday. “They’ve been talking with each other, and we brought up the situation that the regular season is over and done with. We had a winning record in the regular season and in the postseason, everybody’s 0-0. What we did last year was battling from the bottom, but knowing that we’re one of four teams in the conference playoffs and each one has an opportunity to win, why not us?”
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Towson fell to the Dragons, 14-11, on April 19 with Drexel turning a 5-5 tie at halftime into a 13-8 advantage at the end of the third quarter. Nadelen conceded that the team is eager for another shot at the Dragons.
“I think whenever you lose to an opponent and you have an opportunity to face them again in the same season, it’s a chance to even the score, and when it’s in the playoff scenario, the winning team advances,” he said. “So it’s a chance for us to earn that win and try to erase that loss from the regular season, and a good win the postseason would be a great thing. Our guys know they left a lot of plays out there on the field the first time we faced them. Drexel was extremely good, and they played really well. So we’re going to have to really play much better than we did the first time.”