Saturday's 8-7 win at then-No. 20 Fairfield propelled Towson to No. 12 in the latest Cascade/Maverik media poll and sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.
But coach Shawn Nadelen wants to make sure that the Tigers (9-3, 3-0 CAA) don't let down their guard against Hofstra (4-8, 1-2) on Saturdayat Johnny Unitas Stadium.
"It's human nature for any team at any level at times just because it's a big game and you put a lot into it," Nadelen said Wednesday morning. "The first quarter [against the Stags] showcased that with both teams coming out and pushing the tempo. Eight goals in the first quarter where both defenses were in the top five in the country was surprising. But I think it just showcased how excited both teams were, and things settled down after that.
"There typically can be a letdown, but we have a decent group of leaders and guys that understand and have been in these situations not only this year but in previous ones. So [it's important] to stay focused and dialed in. Knowing that it was a good strong win, we've got to prepare and be ready for the next opponent, which is Hofstra."
Towson is clearly in the driver's seat for the regular-season title and the top seed in the CAA tournament. A victory over the Pride on Saturday would help clinch a share of the league's regular-season championship, but Nadelen said the players understand that important games against Hofstra and Drexel (6-6, 2-1) loom ahead.
"There's a few things for them to stay focused on," he said. "One of them involves winning the CAA in the regular season. We want to win the tournament, and being able to put ourselves in position to do that is nice. So walking away at the end of the regular season knowing that the tournament is at Towson and on our homefield, that's something our guys have talked about and are excited about. Hopefully, they realize that we still have some challenges ahead of us to achieve that."