TOWSON, Md. – Down 5-0 in the first quarter, the No. 17 Towson men’s lacrosse team used an 8-0 run over the next 29 minutes to defeat visiting High Point, 10-8, in TU’s first NCAA Tournament victory since 2003.
Towson (12-5) heads to South Bend, Indiana for a Saturday showdown with top-seeded Notre Dame. Game time is set for 5 p.m. (EDT) at Arlotta Stadium. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Fighting Irish.
The eight-goal run was Towson’s longest this season, lifting the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion Tigers to their most wins since the 2001 season, when Towson reached the national semifinals with a 14-4 record.
During the run, seven different Tigers scored, with Mike Lynch notching his two in the middle of the run. Max Siskind played his final game at Johnny Unitas Stadium® and finished with style, tallying a hat trick. Towson’s overall leading scorer Joe Seider struck once while taking six shots. Seider is now Towson’s record holder for single-season shots (130). Ben McCarty scored once, as did Greg Cuccinello, Justin Mabus and close defenseman JoJo Ostrander, who capitalized on a High Point 10-man ride, leaving the goal open. Mabus had two assists, while Cuccinello, Seider and Tyler Konen had one helper apiece.
“I couldn’t be more proud or more impressed with our team and the heart that we have,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen following Wednesday night’s win. “The way that we just continued to stay focused on just playing the game and doing the things that we normally do that we just didn’t execute in that first quarter. I couldn’t be more proud of our team to overcome a tough team like that and finish out the home season at Unitas with a NCAA Tournament win.”
(release adapted from TowsonTigers.com)