Towson shreds defense of UMBC in 27-15 victory Young Retrievers allow their most goals ever

April 20, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Towson State appeared determined to play its way into the NCAA tournament.

UMBC started like it was ready for the season to end.

The Tigers romped to their 12th straight win over their state system rival last night, 27-15. Towson State got fine faceoff work from Dave Moore and five goals from Matt Clune, but UMBC played a complementary role with its worst defensive showing ever.

It was the most goals ever allowed by the Retrievers, who began playing lacrosse in 1970, and the most by the Tigers in six years.

Towson State is back at Minnegan Stadium tonight (7: 30) for a North Atlantic Conference game against New Hampshire. It will be the Tigers' third game in four days, and they needed the action to get their minds off a pivotal one-goal loss at Navy last Saturday.

"The Navy loss really hurt us," coach Carl Runk said. "This is our first year in the NAC, and unfortunately, we were forced to deal with this schedule, but hopefully we can catch some momentum for Hopkins."

With four losses by a total of seven goals, Towson State (5-4) is ranked No. 16, but an upset of Johns Hopkins next Saturday would get the Tigers right back in the NCAA tournament picture.

The Tigers showed their superiority early, as they ran off six straight goals to take a 7-1 lead after less than 11 minutes.

It began when senior midfielder Tim Langton ran through the UMBC defense for a 2-1 lead, and that was a signal of the laissez-faire stance the Retrievers (3-6) took through the first three quarters.

Towson State led 13-3 with three minutes to go in the first half, and padded its cushion to 23-6 with 22 minutes remaining.

Clune had been held scoreless in his last two games. Kevin Sturm, who played with Clune at St. Mary's High in Annapolis, and Langton had three goals apiece. Kevin Travis, who had eight assists on the season, got six.

"I felt sorry for their stopper," Runk said of UMBC goalie R. J. Degenfelder, one of three freshman starters. "That's a young team, and they didn't give up."

Said Don Zimmerman, UMBC's third-year coach: "Early on, we had a nice tempo, but then the game got away from us. We didn't play good defense at all, but a big part of it was faceoffs."

UMBC got eight goals from Chad Henry, a senior from Towson who has 31 on the season.

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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