Towson topples UMBC, 13-8

Engelke paces Tigers with four goals

College lacrosse

April 27, 2004|By Staff

Freshman attackman Jonathan Engelke scored a game-high four goals to lead Towson to a 13-8 non-conference victory over UMBC at Johnny Unitas Stadium tonight.

The Tigers (9-3) have won their last eight contests.

Engelke teamed up with fellow rookie Bobby Griebe to give the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the first quarter. A pair of goals by UMBC midfielder Rob Cross tied the game at 2-2 with 4:41 left in the opening stanza.

Towson responded with a 3-0 run that spanned nearly five minutes to reclaim the lead at 5-2 with 12:46 left in the first half. The visiting Retrievers narrowed their deficit to 5-4 with 4:20 left in the opening half with goals from sophomores James Hyland and Brendan Mundorf. Engelke ended the first half scoring with his second tally of the game off a feed from Kenny Lynch with 43 seconds remaining.

After Cross tallied his third goal of the contest at the 11:07 mark of the third quarter, Towson put the game out of reach with a 4-0 run.

Jerry Solazzo and Drew Westervelt cut the margin to 10-7 with 5:37 left before the Tigers added a final 3-0 run to take a 13-7 lead with three minutes left in regulation. Westervelt added his second goal with 2:18 left in the game, but Towson ran out the clock to secure the victory.

Junior Reed Sothoron collected the win in goal for Towson by making eight saves, while junior Kevin Cepelak made 16 for the Retrievers (5-7).

The 11th-ranked Tigers face top-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WMAR Channel 2.

Originally published April 27, 2004, 10:21 PM EDT

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