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College lacrosse notebook: Canto solidifies goalie role for Towson men

If fans who watched the No. 7 Towson men’s lacrosse team upend No. 1 Loyola Maryland, 12-10, on Wednesday night are still in shock over Tigers junior goalkeeper Tyler Canto’s backside save against Greyhounds sophomore attackman Kevin Lindley in the fourth quarter, get in line.

Sophomore defenseman Koby Smith was still awed by his teammate’s stop after the game.

“Honestly, I don’t even know what was going through the kid’s head,” said Smith, a Lutherville resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate. “I slid, and I turned around, and all of a sudden, Canto’s on his butt on the ground shaking his stick around, and the kid’s throwing a thousand fakes. All of a sudden, he threw it straight into Canto’s stick, and my mind was just blown. I didn’t know what to do.”

While one of 14 Canto was forced to make to preserve the victory, the save was shared by many on social media.

That play prompted the first question of the postgame media conference to the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Canto, who transferred from UMass Lowell prior to the 2018 season.

“I was just trying to watch his stick the whole time and try to stay with it,” he said. “I knew that he had to shoot it, and I was already on the ground. So I just threw my stick out there, and I was lucky enough to get it. But it felt good, it felt really good.”

Redshirt sophomore Shane Brennan, last spring’s starter for 14 games, has returned from an unspecified lower-body injury. But coach Shawn Nadelen said he will continue to play Canto, who ranks fifth among Division I goalies in save percentage (.629) and seventh in goals-against average (8.25).

“Tyler’s playing well,” Nadelen said. “Shane is continuing to get back to full speed, seeing shots in practice and taking a lot more reps, and he’s still looking good, too. We’re fortunate now that we feel like we have two pretty strong goalies that we can utilize if needed.”

Loyola women trusting in Detwiler

Tasking Loyola freshman defender Katie Detwiler with shadowing Florida senior attacker Lindsey Ronbeck might have seemed like a calculated risk. After all, Ronbeck had scored 12 goals in the first two games, including eight in a five-goal loss to No. 2 Maryland on Feb. 14.

But Detwiler limited Ronbeck to one full-strength goal (she scored two others on free-position chances) in the No. 12 Greyhounds’ 15-12 upset of the then-No. 6 Gators on Saturday and validated coach Jen Adams’ trust in the rookie.

“I think what we’ve seen from Katie Detwiler since she stepped foot on campus is she just has blind faith in herself as a player, and I think that’s trickled over to the rest of our defense,” Adams said. “They see that she has that mentality, and she really puts that trust in other players to say, ‘I’ve got it.’ I’ve never once doubted her since she got here. If you say, ‘Here’s your matchup,’ she doesn’t ask questions. She just goes out and takes care of business, and that’s just the kind of personality that she is, and we love that about her.”

First shot, first goal

To say that Owen Colwell’s goal in the third quarter of No. 18 Johns Hopkins’ 11-10 win against then-No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday was stunning would be an understatement. The junior defenseman had never attempted a shot in a game until his left-handed rip from 14 yards knotted the score at 6 with 6:46 left in the period as part of a 6-2 run in the second half.

Colwell said he had scored a few times at Westfield High School in New Jersey, but admitted that considering the stage and circumstances, his goal for the Blue Jays (1-2) was a tad more significant.

“I’m not usually known for my offensive presence and shooting,” he quipped. “I usually leave that up to the offensive guys. But it was nice to get that first goal.”

Practice fracas sparked Stevenson men

Stevenson erupted for a season-high 13 goals, and the defense held then-No. 9 Denison to its lowest output in four years in a seven-goal victory that helped the Mustangs even their record at 1-1 and move to No. 19 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III poll.

But coach Paul Cantabene said the roots of his team’s improved play could be traced to a fight between several offensive and defensive players in a practice on Feb. 21.

“We had a little scrap in Thursday’s practice, and I think that really set everybody up for this,” he recalled. “When we had that little scrap, everything was kind of set in motion, and everybody was on the same page. Our guys really want to win, and they really want to do the right things, and they know how to win. It just wasn’t coming as easy as they had hoped, and I think once everybody got on the same page and that everybody cares, it really showed against Denison. We went out there and played a 60-minute game, and we were really happy that we made the plays to win the game.”

Notes: Loyola will not have to wait long to get over Wednesday’s loss at Towson as Patriot League foe Holy Cross will visit Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Senior attackman Pat Spencer promised that he and his teammates would be ready for the conference opener. “Should be fired up,” the Davidsonville resident and Boys’ Latin graduate said. “We knew they were going to be a good team. We knew Towson had a bunch of talent this year. So it wasn’t like we came into tonight underestimating them. But we’ve got a lot of work to do as a team, and we know that. We’re excited to get back after it. We’ll be fired up for Saturday.” … Snow showers and below-freezing temperatures are part of the weather forecast for South Bend, Ind., which will be the site of Sunday’s game between No. 2 Maryland (5-0) and No. 17 Notre Dame (1-1) at noon. “The weather’s probably going to be tricky,” Terps coach John Tillman said. “There’s a chance we could be inside this weekend. So that’s something we’re going to have to navigate as well. Either the weather’s going to be cold outside and it’s snowy or you’re going inside, and that’s a different environment. These are all challenges that you’ve got to be prepared for, you’ve got to be mentally tough enough to be able to handle, and that’s something that we’ll talk about with our kids this week.” … Despite the three-goal loss at Loyola, senior goalie Haley Hicklen made 10 saves for No. 13 Florida (1-2) and became the program’s all-time leader in that department with 417. Gators coach Amanda O’Leary said the Baltimore resident and Towson High graduate has set the bar for future goalies. “Haley’s stats kind of speak for themselves,” she said. “She’s the glue that kind of holds us together. She’s just a solid goalie. She comes up with the big saves. She’s confident in the goal cage, she’s confident outside of the goal, and that kid is just a true competitor. I’m glad she’s on our team.”

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