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Winning the CAA championship is now an expectation for Towson men's lacrosse

Towson coach Shawn Nadelen pats the helmet of Mike Lowe during the CAA men's lacrosse championship game against Fairfield. Towson wins 4-2.
Towson coach Shawn Nadelen pats the helmet of Mike Lowe during the CAA men's lacrosse championship game against Fairfield. Towson wins 4-2. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Towson’s 4-2 win against Fairfield in Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament final capped a run of three CAA championships and subsequent NCAA postseason appearances in coach Shawn Nadelen's first four years four years under coach Shawn Nadelen.

The trend falls just short of the program's streak of three consecutive CAA tournament crowns from 2003 to 2005 under former coach Tony Seaman.

Nadelen said Saturday's victory is a reminder of what the Tigers (14-2) are capable of.

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"It's the direction we want to go, and it's the direction we expect to be in and the success we expect to have," he said Tuesday morning. "We set our standards very high, and we expect to be competing for the CAA championship – regular-season and postseason – every year, and anything short of that is not acceptable for us as a program."

Nadelen would have preferred a more explosive outing from the offense, but Towson's ability to win despite scoring just four goals showed the team's resiliency.

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"I don't want to say that we're going to rely on that every time," he said with a chuckle. "… It helps our team understand that we can be successful playing in high-scoring games and we can be successful playing in low-scoring games. It just really comes down to being as efficient as possible and maximizing our opportunities."

The Tigers will welcome Hobart (10-6) for Wednesday's play-in game at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson at 4 p.m. Nadelen is optimistic that taking part in a play-in game for the second year in a row will make it a familiar exercise for the team.

"It helps us understand that it's part of the process," he said. "You're in the NCAA tournament, and you've got a game to play. Fortunately, we have another home game to play, and the guys are excited to be able to host that game. And they know how to handle that, how to practice yesterday and today and then made sure that they're ready to go for faceoff on Wednesday. I think being able to do that last year definitely gives us a little bit of familiarity, but we've got to make sure that we step out on the field ready to go."

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