Towson survives Villanova, 15-11

March 05, 1995|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Towson State lacrosse coach Carl Runk was so weak with the flu yesterday that he considered staying home and skipping his team's opening game with Villanova.

It would have been the first time in 28 years as coach that he would have missed a game because of sickness.

Runk toughed it out and went to Minnegan Stadium. Twenty-two minutes and 11 seconds into the game, he felt even worse.

His team, No. 6 in the country, was losing by a goal.

Towson then scored six straight to make Runk feel better, but had to hold off pesky Villanova before getting a 15-11 victory before a crowd of 802.

"We were terrible," said senior co-captain David Quinn, who led the Tigers with five goals and one assist. "We were sloppy. Our effort was poor. That was not Towson State lacrosse. That team doesn't belong on the same field with us. We've got a long way to go before we play Maryland here next Saturday."

Runk agreed.

"We were lackluster," Runk said. "We just were not in it. We lacked incentive. But I think we'll be ready to play Maryland."

Towson and Villanova had met seven times, the Tigers winning each.

But Villanova (1-2) showed a lot of heart, first by gaining a 5-4 lead with 7:49 left in the first half, then by battling back from a 12-7 deficit at the end of the third period and pulling to 14-11 with 2:27 left.

Kevin Crowley, a senior attackman from Garden City, N.Y., had five goals and an assist for the Wildcats. Fran Bogle scored twice.

"I'm proud of our kids," Villanova coach Randy Marks said. "We have a veteran group and these kids feel they can play with anybody in the country.

"I think we did a good job when you consider that we're a Division I school with no lacrosse scholarships."

Villanova had more shots on goal than Towson, 49-45. Sloppy play and penalties hurt Towson. The Tigers were penalized 12 times, Villanova eight.

Crowley put Villanova ahead 3-2 late in the first quarter. In the middle of the second, Brian Goger's goal gave the Wildcats the 5-4 lead.

Towson then began its six-goal run to go ahead, 10-5. Towson's eighth and ninth goals were scored 10 seconds apart by Quinn and Dudley Dixon.

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