Attackman Jon Mazza has been given his release to transfer from the Towson men’s lacrosse program, coach Shawn Nadelen said Tuesday evening.
“He was granted his full release,” Nadelen said in a text.
Mazza, who was expected to spend his senior year with the Tigers, scored 16 goals and assisted on eight others for a career-high 24 points in just eight starts last season. But the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Davidsonville resident was suspended for the final seven games for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Despite the lengthy absence, Mazza still finished third on the team in assists and fourth in both goals and points. Efforts to reach Mazza for comment were unsuccessful.
Mazza had 15 goals and seven assists as a freshman in 2016 and 16 goals and four assists as a sophomore in 2017. Switching from midfielder to attackman at the beginning of last season, he had a hand in seven of the team’s eight goals in a two-goal win against UMBC on March 3 and scored twice — including the game-winner — in a 7-6 overtime win against Ohio State seven days later.
Mazza’s departure saps the offense of two projected starters in Mazza and midfielder Jean-Luc Chetner, who led Towson in assists (15) and points (32) in 2018 in his final year of eligibility.
The unit does return four projected starters in senior attackman/midfielder Timmy Monahan (15 goals and 13 assists), senior midfielders Grant Maloof (20 G, 5 A) and Brendan Sunday (17 G, 6 A) and sophomore attackman Phil Wies (8 G, 7 A).
Redshirt senior attackman Johnny Giuffreda could emerge as a starter after posting 11 goals and five assists in 13 games, including eight starts, and redshirt junior midfielder Matt Sovero (13 G, 1 A), junior midfielder Jake McLean (5 G, 3 A) and redshirt sophomore attackman Luke Fromert (2 G, 2 A) figure to be candidates for more playing time in 2019.