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Towson men's lacrosse 2015 schedule by the numbers

Towson men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen.
Towson men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Towson has released its schedule for the 2015 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Tigers, who went 8-7 last year and finished third in the Colonial Athletic Association.

10: Towson's March 17 game against Ohio State at home is a rematch of the 2013 NCAA tournament first-round game that the Tigers lost by 10 goals. The Buckeyes own a 4-2 lead in the series.

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9: In three seasons under coach Shawn Nadelen, the Tigers are 8-5 against the four current members of the CAA (Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Massachusetts). They could get win No. 9 as early as March 28 when Massachusetts visits.

8: Towson will play eight of 14 games away from Johnny Unitas Stadium. It's the second time in three years that the team will play eight times on the road in the regular season.

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7: The Tigers could return as many as seven starters from last year's team, including the entire midfield of seniors Greg Cuccinello and Justin Mabus and sophomore Ryan Drenner. And that unit could be strengthened further by the return of fifth-year senior Andrew Hodgson, who was sidelined last season after undergoing surgery for an unspecified injury.

6: Towson will play just six games at Johnny Unitas Stadium. That's the fewest number at home since 2009, when that squad played just five times at home.

5: The Tigers will face five conference foes despite the departure of Penn State to the Big Ten. Fairfield, which played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, replaces the Nittany Lions and will play host to the Tigers on April 11.

4: Towson will play four games on the road in a stretch of 15 days spanning the last week of February and the first week of March. The program last played four consecutive games away from home in 2013.

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3: The Tigers will face three opponents that qualified for the NCAA tournament last spring. They will play host to Johns Hopkins on Feb. 10 and Loyola on Feb. 17 before visiting league rival Drexel on April 25.

2: Towson will open the season with back-to-back home games for the first time since 2011. The opponents back then? Johns Hopkins and Loyola, which will be the same opponents next spring.

1: No opponent has frustrated the Tigers more than Johns Hopkins, which has a 38-3 advantage in their series. Towson is seeking its first win in the rivalry since April 17, 1996 when that squad scored a 13-12 victory.

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