On the heels of back-to-back losses to No. 2 Johns Hopkins and No. 17 Loyola, Towson – which plays host to Mount St. Mary’s Saturday – is at risk of getting off to a 1-3 start for the fifth consecutive year. The Tigers are 6-1 against the Mountaineers, who haven’t won a game in this series since 1975, but coach Shawn Nadelen said that is of little consequence right now.
“I know we’re not looking at it that way on our end,” he said Thursday. “Potentially, if it did have any effect, our guys have no preconceived ideas that this will be an easy game. We know how talented Mount St. Mary’s is, and we’re not a very good team right now. So we just need to focus on making sure that we’re bringing everything that we have to the field as far as preparation and execution as of right now.”
Towson surrendered six of the first seven goals in Saturday’s setback to the Greyhounds and never could really mount a comeback. The Tigers’ lackadaisical play antagonized the players and coaches.
“It was frustrating, especially after the way the Loyola game played out,” Nadelen said. “Our guys were obviously not pleased at all with the way that game turned out. But I think the response from our guys was good from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening as far as some of the text messages I was getting from the guys. And Monday morning was an intense practice, and we did some things where we kind of got back to basics.”