Towson University's Alex Woodall talks about becoming the first faceoff specialist in Division I to win 20 faceoffs this season. (Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun video)
Towson junior Alex Woodall became the first faceoff specialist in Division I men’s lacrosse this season to win 20 draws when he went 21-of-31 in the No. 19 Tigers’ 15-13 win against Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday. The Annapolis resident and St. Mary’s graduate also scooped up a game-high 14 ground balls and scored one goal in the fourth quarter. Named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week, Woodall discussed his performance after the game.
How did you feel about your showing?
It looked pretty good, the numbers, but I think it’s definitely good to get 20 faceoffs wins. But after those faceoff wins, it’s good to take care of the ball. Like I said earlier, you’ve got to limit the turnovers after you get the faceoff win. But if we can do that, 20 faceoff wins is definitely crucial in a tight game like that.
How do you feel about being the first Towson player to win 20 faceoffs in a game since 2005 when Matt Eckerl did it?
I think, I mean, as long as I’m helping the team win, yeah, I think that’s pretty cool to just learn that. As long as I can keep those numbers up and maybe win more than that, that would be great.
A rule change in women's college lacrosse aims to make the draw more consistent by keeping the stick above the center line and parallel to it, eliminating the up or down positioning of the butt of the stick to gain more leverage.
Did you know at any point that you were getting up to that number?
No, I had no idea. I was just trying to take one at a time and win as many as possible to give my team, my offense the ball.
Do numbers like that, records, do they mean anything to you?
I think more, wins mean more to me. But I don’t mind, you know, winning 20 or more faceoffs in a game. Obviously, that’s important. That makes the team better, winning more faceoffs than usual.
Considering how well you played last year, there seems to be a lot of pressure on you to repeat that performance again this year in order for this team to succeed. Is that a lot of pressure you have to deal with?
Personally, I do think about that a lot. I think it is pressure, but I think it’s good pressure for me to just keep me on my toes and know that my other faceoff guys are working me every day. I just think that’s good pressure for me to keep winning faceoffs for our team.