The season began promisingly for Towson, especially after Jon Mazza erupted for six goals in a season-opening 13-5 victory at Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 18. Since then though, the sophomore's production has fizzled.
In 10 games since that season opener, Mazza has only seven goals and two assists. He was held pointless in losses to No. 16 Loyola Maryland on March 1, No. 4 Ohio State on March 15, and No. 2 Denver on March 25.
But in his past four starts – all against Colonial Athletic Association competition – Mazza has three goals and two assists, and coach Shawn Nadelen said Mazza is starting to find his rhythm.
"He hit a rough patch for a bit in the middle part of the season when he wasn't playing overly confident and was pressing the issue and wasn't doing a lot of consistent things out there well," Nadelen said Wednesday. "But I feel like he's settled down in the past couple games and has gotten himself to really sync into the offense a little bit more and understand what's really expected of him and be a contributor and not put so much pressure on himself. I feel like he's allowing the game to come to him a little bit more, which has been good. He still at times is going to make mistakes, but he can't allow those mistakes to affect him moving forward in a game. So I think he's learning how to deal with that and how to think through that and how to push through the adversity and play a complete game."
The No. 19 Tigers (7-4 overall, 3-1 CAA) – who welcome No. 10 Hofstra (11-1, 3-1) to Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson on Saturday at noon – moved Mazza from attack after four starts there to the first midfield of seniors Mike Lynch (Boys' Latin) and Tyler Young (Arundel). Nadelen said Mazza will continue to start in the midfield and simply has to play his game.