Despite three straight losses, Towson in driver's seat for berth in conference tournament

Towson’s recent struggles haven’t derailed the team’s chance of qualifying for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

Despite three consecutive losses to league rivals Massachusetts, Penn State and Drexel, the Tigers (7-6 overall and 2-3 in the CAA) can clinch the fourth and final berth in the conference tournament by defeating Saint Joseph’s (4-9, 0-5) this Saturday. Coach Shawn Nadelen sounded slightly chagrined at the team’s enviable situation.

“I guess it’s a fortunate situation for us to be in,” he said Monday morning. “With the last three games and the way they’ve gone, to still be able to determine our own fate by winning the game and propelling ourselves into the CAA Tournament, we’re extremely fortunate. Our early success has allowed us to be there, but obviously, we’re not playing great lacrosse right now.”

Towson is tied with Hofstra (6-7, 2-3) for fourth place in the league, but own the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of the Tigers’ 10-9 double-overtime decision over the Pride on March 31.

Towson can advance to the conference tournament even with a loss if Hofstra drops Saturday’s contest at No. 11 Penn State (8-5, 4-1), but Nadelen said that’s not the approach he wants the players to take.

“We have to win this game,” he said. “There are no more losses on our schedule. We’re approaching it that way. Our guys had a really good practice this morning. They seemed focused and energetic. With the way the weather was at 8 o’clock in the morning, it was good to see the team respond the way they did after a frustrating Drexel game.”

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