Engelke gives Towson another lift, 11-9

Freshman continues run with 4 goals

Tigers beat Delaware for fifth straight

College Lacrosse

April 15, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Towson took off on its longest winning streak in three years when Jonathan Engelke began to step up offensively. It's probably not a coincidence.

Engelke continued his recent hot streak with four goals in helping No. 12 Towson win its fifth straight game - an 11-9 victory over No. 17 Delaware in a Colonial Athletic Association game last night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Towson (6-3, 3-0) has relied heavily on Engelke during its streak. The freshman has 20 goals in his past five games.

His biggest game was an eight-goal effort in a 20-11 victory over Villanova on April 3, but he has helped carry the Tigers throughout their run, which is their best since 2001.

"I'm getting more confidence now, and my teammates are finding me," Engelke said. "I'm getting the hang of things now, and I'm playing better."

Towson coach Tony Seaman just shook his head and smiled when asked about Engelke, now the team's leading scorer with 31 points (26 goals, five assists).

"He's been just unbelievable the last few weeks," Seaman said. "He's just exploded, [and] we're starting to learn where to put him."

Engelke has proved especially dangerous around the crease, where he has shown an ability to catch a pass in traffic, make a quick move and score. Last night, he scored three times midway through the game on those types of plays to help Towson take the lead for good.

Fellow freshman Bobby Griebe also has been a big help. He had two goals and two assists last night and is second on the team with 15 points (12 goals, three assists).

Both of his assists went to Engelke on perfect passes that left Delaware goalie Chris Collins (10 saves) with little chance.

Towson scored on its first two shots and never trailed, but had problems pulling away. Engelke and Drew Pfarr (two goals) gave the Tigers the 2-0 lead, but Delaware (8-4, 1-2) rallied and tied the game at 3 midway through the second quarter.

That's when Engelke and Griebe took over. Griebe gave the Tigers the lead for good when he scored on a 10-yard shot with 4:56 left in the half.

Engelke then turned a slick Griebe pass into a goal from close in with 1:18 remaining, before scoring again - an extra-man goal with 29 seconds left in the half - for a 6-3 lead.

And Engelke and Griebe got back-to-back goals late in the third period, helping Towson take a 10-6 lead in the fourth quarter before the Blue Hens made things interesting with three late goals.

Matt Alrich cut the lead to 10-9 with 1:34 left, but Towson's Ben DeFelice scored an extra-man goal with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

"[Engelke] is a quality player," Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw said. "The other guys are creating a lot, and he does what he does and he does it very well."

Delaware 1 3 3 2 - 9

Towson 3 3 3 2 - 11

Goals: D-Alrich 2, Hall 2, Hipple 2, Howard, Metzbower, Meunier; T-Engelke 4, Griebe 2, Pfarr 2, Cunningham, DeFelice, Myers. Assists: D-Howard 3, Alrich, Deckelbaum, Hall, Meunier, Overs; T-Griebe 2, Chane, Fountain, Myers, Rutledge. Saves: D-Collins 10; T-Sothoron 8.

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