Towson’s already-stingy defense could get stronger with the return of defenseman Andrew Cordes.
The junior, who started in the first six games of the season, came off the bench during the No. 18 Tigers’ run to the Colonial Athletic Association tournament crown last weekend. He totaled three ground balls and two turnovers in the team’s victories over Drexel and Massachusetts after an eight-game absence due to an unspecified injury.
“He was a huge boost in terms of being able to get another defenseman that has starting defensive experience for us this year back with two games in three days,” coach Shawn Nadelen said Monday. “He looks like he’s getting back to game speed, and we’re looking forward to having him continue to help us out.”
Nadelen said it was difficult to tell if Cordes looked rusty in his first games since playing against UMBC on March 7.
“He looked like he was doing what he needed to do for the most part,” Nadelen said. “I didn’t see him make any drastic mistakes or any excellent plays, either. I think he was just trying to play within his ability to this point, and I’m sure that with more time on the field, the more comfortable he will be.”
Cordes would further bolster a defense tied for second in the country in fewest goals allowed per game at 7.4. Whether he would regain the starting role that he ceded to junior Nick Gorman to rejoin senior JoJo Ostrander and junior Mike Lowe is a move Nadelen is still considering.
“I think both guys understand – along with JoJo and Mike – that we’re going to manage the game how we need to as far as how guys are being fresh and depending on which defenses we’re playing,” Nadelen said. “Nick and Andrew know that those two guys are a little bit more of the ones that are kind of trading responsibilities right now, and I think that’s to be expected going forward.”