Towson's men's lacrosse team got the news it had been bracing for. Redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson will miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury.
Hodgson suffered the injury in the second quarter of the No. 18 Tigers' 7-6 loss to No. 15 Ohio State a week ago. He did not play in Saturday's 9-8 win at Binghamton and underwent surgery Tuesday morning, coach Shawn Nadelen said.
"Just from what the athletic trainers were telling us with the injury and from the reports we got from the tests, we could see that this was kind of pointing in this direction," Nadelen said. "It's obviously something that every team deals with and it's something we need to deal with. Right now, he's been our best midfielder. So the other guys will have more opportunity and more reps and more time on the field to cover that ground."
Hodgson, who ranks second on Towson (6-3) in goals with 15 and fourth in points with 19, was replaced in the starting lineup Saturday by junior Spencer Parks. The Fallston resident and St. Paul's graduate had a goal and an assist while running with seniors Greg Cuccinello and Justin Mabus, and Nadelen said Hodgson's injury will open playing time for his teammates.
"Obviously, they wanted him to return even though that might have taken away their playing time," Nadelen said. "We're a strong team, and they know that Andrew was a strong player for us. But it also allows them to get on the field and play. So they're excited for that opportunity, and they're going to get a chance to play within our offensive system. … Nobody needs to be Andrew Hodgson. They just need to be able to give us the best that they can put on the field."
Hodgson's career with the Tigers is likely over as he had played in eight games and will not be able to apply for a medical redshirt to return for 2016. But Nadelen said Hodgson continues to help the team.
"I think for any athlete, having your opportunity taken away from you because of injury is going to be frustrating, and he is [frustrated]," Nadelen said. "But he's taking it in stride and doing it with a smile on his face. He is 100 percent engaged in the team and how we're doing, keeping the guys focused. Last week, he was out with the injury, but he was around practice before the Binghamton game and he was talking to the guys and continuing to provide that injury. He's a young man who's not going to allow what he's dealing with to permeate through the team. He shrugs it off and makes sure that the team stays focused on what we need to accomplish."