Towson may have reached a low point in the season when Navy turned a 2-1 halftime deficit into 6-3 advantage after the third quarter en route to a 10-6 victory March 13. But since that disappointing outcome, the Tigers have strung together three straight victories, a pattern capped by Saturday night’s 13-8 thumping of Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware.
Some obvious factors for the team’s success include an offense that has scored at least 10 goals in each of those wins and the play of junior faceoff specialist Ian Mills, who has won 40-of-57 draws over that same span. But coach Shawn Nadelen said he has noticed a psychological foundation for Towson’s run.
“Obviously, when you get some wins, it gives you that sense of confidence, that sense that what you’re doing is working enough to get a win,” he said Monday afternoon. “I think the Stony Brook win up there [March 17] was a good test of who we are and to get this thing kick-started. We had a decent lead and allowed them to come back in the last five minutes before holding on enough to secure the win. It showed that we can play pretty well, execute, and preserve a win. We just have to do better job of making sure that we can keep teams underneath us and finish them off when we have the opportunity. I felt like we did a decent job with that capping that off with this most recent win against Delaware. We let them get back to 10-8 and then we closed them out at 13-8, and that was a good way to finish them out.”
The Tigers (5-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference) are one of three teams in the CAA with unblemished records as Drexel is in first place with a 2-0 record and No. 4 Massachusetts is tied for second with a 1-0 mark. Beating the Blue Hens, the preseason favorite to capture the league championship, is a good first step for Towson, but next Saturday’s road contest at Hofstra should be the team’s next focus, according to Nadelen.
“[W]alking away, I think our guys felt like we starting to understand how to do things and how to operate at a higher level,” he said. “But there’s still quite a bit that we need to accomplish and clean up as a team. Walking off that field Saturday night with a win against Delaware is always a terrific way to open up conference play. But we also know that the road’s just going to get tougher and tougher as we get deeper into the conference. We’ve got to buckle down and be ready for the next one coming up.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun