NEWARK, Del. - After having faced the daunting task of playing the top two teams in the nation - Maryland and Virginia - on consecutive weekends, No. 17 Towson was supposed to get a reprieve when it faced unranked Delaware in last night's Colonial Athletic Association game.
Instead, the Blue Hens gave the Tigers a first-half scare before Towson dispensed with Delaware, 14-10, before 700 at Fred P. Rullo Field.
It took 25 minutes for the Tigers to get rolling last night, but when they did after trailing 6-3 in the second, they scored five consecutive goals in the second and third quarters.
Delaware (4-4, 0-1 CAA) came back, but Brad Monaco's fifth goal of the season broke an 8-8 tie with three minutes to go in the third quarter to give the Tigers a one-goal lead they would never relinquish.
"We came out flat and didn't hit our shots," Monaco said. "But I got that goal and we never looked back. We put the pressure on, and our defense did a good job."
Towson (2-3, 2-0 CAA) sealed the victory with five more unanswered goals.
The win marked the return of offense for the Tigers, who had scored just 10 goals in their two previous games.
"We needed a win badly," Towson coach Tony Seaman said.. "It was a CAA game and these are the ones that count the most because [winning the conference] leads to a trip to the NCAAs."
Senior attackman Hunter Lochte had a career night for the Tigers with a game-high six goals, tying a stadium record. Fellow senior Ryan Obloj returned to form after two scoreless outings, getting two goals.
Towson will take on Loyola on Saturday.
Towson 3 2 7 2 - 14
Delaware 4 2 2 2 - 10
Goals: T-Lochte 6, Obloj 2, Florio, Monaco, Mull, Pfarr, Rutledge, Smith; D-Metzbower 3, Alrich 2, Downer 2, Nordhoff 2, Benazzi. Assists: T-Obloj 3, Lynch 2, Monaco 2, Cocchi, Lochte, Mull, Pfarr, Rutledge; D-Ritz 2, Xander 2, Alrich, Downer, Reed. Saves: T-Sothoron 14; D-Collins 16.