Towson has released its schedule for the 2019 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Tigers, who went 7-8 last spring and finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association.
In the past 10 years, Towson has advanced to seven CAA tournaments and four NCAA postseasons — all since 2012, during Shawn Nadelen’s tenure as head coach.
The Tigers’ longest layoff of the season is the nine days between a home game against Loyola Maryland on Feb. 27 and a road game against Jacksonville on March 8. The 2017 squad went 10 days between games against Ohio State and Denver.
Towson is scheduled to hit the road for eight games. The 2015 squad also played eight regular-season games away from Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Towson will face seven opponents that earned berths in the 2018 NCAA tournament. That group includes Big Ten tournament champion Johns Hopkins on Feb. 9, Big East tournament champ Georgetown on Feb. 23, Patriot League champion Loyola Maryland, Ivy League tournament titlist Cornell on March 10, Duke on March 16, Big East regular-season champion Denver on March 23 and CAA regular-season and tournament champ Massachusetts on April 13.
Towson has begun the year against Johns Hopkins six times in school history. The team is 1-5 in previous season openers against the Blue Jays with the lone victory coming Feb. 10, 2015.
The Tigers will play only five games at Johnny Unitas Stadium next spring. That’s the fewest number of home games since the 2009 team also played only five times before its home crowd.
Towson will play four games in February for the second year in a row. The program has previously played four times in the first month in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
Towson will play two games in three days when it meets Jacksonville and Cornell on March 8 and 10, respectively, in Charlotte, N.C. The last time the program participated in two games in three days during the regular season was when the 2006 team lost to Virginia on March 19 and defeated Robert Morris on March 21.
The Tigers will end the regular season with two road games, at Delaware on April 20 and Drexel on April 27. The last time the program wrapped up a regular season with back-to-back away games was 2010 when that squad traveled to Johns Hopkins and Hofstra.
The Tigers will meet Cornell for the first time since 2007 and for the first time in the regular season. They are winless in two previous meetings against the Big Red – both taking place in the NCAA tournament.