Towson State crammed five goals into a four-minute span in the first quarter last night and rolled past UMBC, 20-9, for the ninth straight Tigers win in the crosstown rivalry.
Towson, needing a strong finish to receive an NCAA tournament bid, took a positive step in that direction with the workmanlike dissection of the Retrievers (6-5) before 1,339 at UMBC Stadium to improve to 5-3 with home games against Johns Hopkins and Maryland looming.
Coming off a tough loss against Navy, Towson responded the way coach Carl Runk had hoped. "I was happy with our play. Last week was a hard loss," said Runk. "I know it took a lot out of me. But we wanted to be impressive. We know if we do what we have to the rest of the way maybe we'll get selected."
Towson got big offensive performances from attackmen Joe Genovese (four goals and an assist) and Steve Carcaterra (three and three) and midfielder Stewart Crotty, who scored once and had five assists.
L Tim Langton opened the scoring at 3:20 of the first quarter.
In the next four minutes the Tigers built a 5-1 advantage, scoring on five of their first six shots.
Carcaterra took a feed from Genovese to make it 2-0 five minutes into the game. And when sophomore Mark Goers controlled the next faceoff the Tigers needed just 12 seconds to up the lead to 3-0 as David Quinn netted a feed from Todd Fields.
Mike Lamdin then picked up a loose ball in front of the Towson goal and beat goalie Brian Whalen to put UMBC on the scoreboard.
But Towson answered quickly after Tim Lucky controlled the ensuing faceoff and worked a give-and-go with Genovese for another Tiger goal just 12 seconds after the faceoff.
When Quinn scored on a feed from Carcaterra less than a minute later, Towson led 5-1 with just over six minutes played.
"We got all over [UMBC's defense] early," said Genovese. "This was a good game for us. We need to build momentum."
The Retrievers managed to close that early lead to 6-3 at the end of the first quarter as Jamie Batley fed Lamdin and Jason Smith.
But Towson's offensive sharpshooting continued in the second quarter. The Tigers increased their lead to 10-3 midway in the quarter, scoring on four consecutive shots.
Whalen was making five of his eight saves in the Tiger goal during the second period as UMBC outshot Towson 14-11 in the quarter but was outscored 4-1. Whalen left early in the third quarter after the Towson lead ballooned to 13-4.