After missing the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament last spring, Towson is currently tied for fourth place with Hofstra. (The top four teams in the conference standings advance to the tournament.)

The Tigers (7-5 overall and 2-2 in the league) can improve their standing by defeating Drexel (5-7, 3-2) this Saturday. Coach Shawn Nadelen wouldn’t go so far as to call Saturday’s game a must-win scenario, but he said it’s imperative that the team snap a two-game losing skid.

“It’s just a must-win in regards to ourselves trying to realize what we’re capable of and trying to play Towson lacrosse for 60 minutes,” he said Wednesday. “I think that’s really what it comes down to. It’s not so much about where it shakes out looking further down the road. I think it’s more about us gaining confidence and being able to understand that we can be a pretty good team when we play at a good tempo and execute at that same level. So we’ve got to prove it to ourselves.”

Last Saturday’s 8-3 loss to No. 11 Penn State didn’t help matters for Towson, but Nadelen said optimism for a berth in the CAA Tournament is still high.

“I think our guys realize that we let an opportunity slip away with the loss to Penn State,” he said. “We know we didn’t play our best lacrosse, which we have yet to do. I made a comment to the guys in the locker room after the game that we’re still fortunate to have two games left to allow ourselves an opportunity to play in the CAA Tournament. But we have to take care of business on our own end and compete and execute to win these games. So I think our guys have been fairly focused and engaged in what we’re trying to accomplish in practice to prepare for that.”