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A good portion of credit for Towson's three-game winning streak belongs to the defense, which has surrendered an average of 7.7 goals during the run.

The Tigers (4-5) have been especially stout in the second half and most notably in the fourth quarter. The defense shut out Colonial Athletic Association foe Delaware over the final 28 minutes, 1 second to win, 9-7.

UMBC didn't score over the last 8:51, falling 10-7, and then-No. 8 and new CAA opponent Massachusetts was blanked over the final 9:34 in a 10-9 loss.

Tigers coach Tony Seaman said if the defense can limit opponents to single-digit goal totals, then the onus is on the offense to cement the victory.

"I think that's kind of their goal," Seaman said of the defense. "Our defense is communicating very well. … They're coming together and they've got a common goal. They've just done a great job at that end of the field."

Saturday brings another ranked CAA opponent in No. 8 Drexel (9-2), which, like Towson, sits atop the league with a 2-0 conference record. The Dragons should provide plenty of motivation, Seaman said.

"I think it's more that it's a ranked team, which is another chance to improve our RPI [Ratings Percentage Index] and a chance to get to .500," Seaman said. "It's a chance for us to see the top of the hole that we had dug so deeply in the beginning of the year and maybe get out of that hole a little bit. These kids are not dumb. They realize the whole situation. So they're playing hard and they're together on their goals."

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