Towson's path to first place in the Colonial Athletic Association has been mapped out despite an inconsistent offense.
The No. 16 Tigers (9-4 overall and 3-1 conference) have averaged just eight goals thus far and scored a season-low in a 9-2 loss to Hofstra on Saturday. They are tied for 60th in offense in Division I out of 68 programs, but the low number of goals doesn't alarm coach Shawn Nadelen.
"It's something where we'd like to get more goals, but we also look at the efficiency of how we're doing things," he said Wednesday. "… Getting eight goals a game, it's something we've been able to work with so far. I'm more interested in what kind of quality shots are we getting. Are we generating enough opportunities on the offensive end? And when we do, are we putting those in the net?
"There are teams that can take over 50 shots per game, but they might only be scoring 10 or 11 goals. If we take around 30 shots per game and can score eight to 10 goals, that's a much more efficient situation. I think moving into the playoffs, possessions are valuable. So the games might slow down a little bit, and efficiency is going to be important with regards to our play."
Towson's leader in the goal-scoring department has been sophomore attackman Joe Seider. The Sparks resident and Hereford graduate has scored 26 times, which accounts for 25 percent of the team's goal.
But Seider was shut out by the Pride, and aside from two goals from sophomore attackman Ryan Drenner (Westminster), the Tigers lacked any punch. But Nadelen dismissed the notion that the offense is overly reliant on Seider to carry the workload.
"Joe has been our most productive offensive guy, so that's understandable there," Nadelen said. "But I don't think it's the offense relying on him to do so much. When he gets his opportunities, he's been able to get his hands free and get his shot off. In the past couple games, he hasn't been on-point as much as we need him to be or he would like to be. But other guys are getting opportunities as well.
"Saturday was just a miserable day all around for us as a team. I don't think it's a case where we're just relying on one guy offensively. If you look at games in the past, we've had multiple goal scorers and multiple guys doing some damage. Joe's just been able to do it consistently throughout the whole season."