Three Towson players recorded a hat trick in Saturday's 12-7 victory over Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware, including senior midfielder Justin Mabus.
That was significant because in one game Mabus matched his entire season output in goals. It was his first game with three goals since a 13-7 loss to Drexel last April 19.
"It was awesome," Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said Tuesday morning. "He couldn't have been more excited. He had a couple of nicely placed shots and made some really nice plays to finish the ball. It was a great night for him, and it was great to see him do that."
A productive Mabus would be huge for the No. 15 Tigers (8-3, 2-0 CAA), who need more production in the midfield after a knee injury on March 17 prematurely ended redshirt senior Andrew Hodgson's season. Mabus could also take some pressure off the starting attack of sophomores Joe Seider (Hereford) and Ryan Drenner (Westminster) and redshirt senior Max Siskind.
Asked if Mabus has found his rhythm, Nadelen said, "You hope. I know he's been searching for it for a while, and he has continued to do some good work in practice and games. He's had a few mental mistakes in games where he hasn't finished his opportunities, but he's stayed positive and continued to believe, and that's what we expect out of him."
Towson could use another three-goal effort from Mabus on Saturday when the Tigers visit No. 20 Fairfield in a showdown between the top two teams in the CAA. The Stags (7-4, 2-0) are riding a five-game winning streak and are 3-1 at Rafferty Stadium in Fairfield, Conn.
"It's for No. 1 in the league," Nadelen said. "Both teams are very similar. They have a five-game winning streak, so they're playing very confident. They are who they are and believe in what they're doing. Every game for us is a big one, and that's what we focus on – the game that we're in, the moment that we're in. So being able to stay focused on that is what we expect from our guys."