Towson rolls past Hofstra, 15-8

With third straight win, Tigers' offense clicking

College Lacrosse

April 05, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson coach Tony Seaman can finally smile when talking about his offense because its early season slump is officially over.

The Tigers appear to have found the accuracy on shots that eluded them throughout the early part of the season. No. 11 Towson showed it in last Saturday's win over Loyola and once again throughout a 15-8 rout of No. 13 Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association game last night at Towson Stadium.

Towson's third straight win puts the Tigers (4-3 overall, 3-0 CAA) in the driver's seat for possibly playing host to two CAA tournament games next month instead of going on the road. Hofstra (5-4, 1-1) now would likely have to go on the road for at least one game if it makes the finals - possibly coming back to Towson for a championship game.

Towson improved its chances of making the CAA final with an offense that's scored 30 goals in its past two games. Seaman just shook his head in disbelief when talking about the shooting problems his team had earlier.

The Tigers had problems getting shots on goal. Towson had 138 shots go high or wide in its first six games, including the Loyola win. But the Tigers have fared much better in the past two games. They scored seven goals in the first period at Loyola and broke this game open with a six-goal third quarter.

"We were missing the cage," Seaman said. "We were shooting wild. Now we're putting it between the pipes."

The Tigers are doing a better job with ball movement, finding the open man and getting good shots. Towson is getting a lot of help from a lot of players and defenses are having problems stopping the Tigers because so many can shoot and score.

Towson turned in a balanced effort on offense. Todd Spear led the Tigers with three goals while Brian Myers added two and 10 other players added one apiece. Brad Monaco had a goal and three assists to pace the consistent passing attack.

"We're just moving around more, and we're just clicking now," Spear said. "Everyone is just getting more confidence in each other."

The Tigers had plenty of confidence early in the game. They took leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before Hofstra chipped away. The Pride cut the lead to 5-4 on a Joe Kostolansky goal with 2:46 left in the half.

But Myers scored the key goal from in front with only one second left in the first half. That gave the Tigers a 6-4 halftime lead and appeared to be the backbreaker.

"That really hurt us," Kostolansky said. "Those [goals] are such momentum gainers."

Towson then broke the game open with a six-goal third quarter. The Tigers were perfect on all six clears, won six of nine faceoffs and forced the Pride to connect on just one of six clearing chances. By the end of the quarter, Towson had a 12-6 lead and was cruising.

The Tigers also controlled faceoffs (Zak Smith and Ben DeFelice combined to go 17-for-26) and used a tough defense to shut down a Hofstra offense that averaged about 13 goals per game in its five wins.

Hofstra 2 2 2 2 - 8

Towson 4 2 6 3 - 15

Goals: H-Kostolansky 3, Keysor 2, Orsen 2, Vilar; T-Spear 3, Myers 2, Adams, Baxter, Chane, Cornett, Florio, Lochte, Monaco, Obloj, Rutledge, Smith. Assists: H- Treubig 2, Keysor, Unterstein; T-Monaco 3, Chane, Jones, Lochte, Obloj, Smith. Shots: H 35, T 43. Saves: H-Southard 11, Izzo 0; T-Sothoron 10; DeGroat 1. Extra-man: H 2-4; T 3-3.

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