Tigers shock Mids for first win of season

Towson 10, No. 17 Navy 9

Pastirik's goal with six seconds left lifts Towson over Navy

March 16, 2010|By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com

The Towson men's lacrosse team is winless no longer.

Simmering over a 0-3 start, the host Tigers scored the game's first goal and never trailed in stunning No. 17 Navy, 10-9, before an announced attendance 1,240 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Tuesday night.

Senior midfielder Christian Pastirik scored three goals -- including the game-winner with six seconds left in regulation -- and junior attackman Tim Stratton added three goals, all in the first half.

Towson (1-3) didn't make things easy on themselves. After taking a 9-5 lead midway through the third quarter, the Tigers watched the Midshipmen score four unanswered goals to tie the score with 4:11 left in regulation.

Pastirik took a pass from freshman attackman Matt Hughes and fired a shot between the legs of sophomore goalkeeper R.J. Wickham to cement the win.

Clinging to a 6-5 lead at halftime, Towson opened the third quarter with three unanswered goals over a span of 2 minutes, 55 seconds. Britton began the run with a blast from the right alley, junior midfielder Scott Ruhl converted a feed from senior midfielder Brock Armour and Britton scored again off a dodge down the right alley.

But the Midshipmen responded with a 4-0 run bookended by goals from senior attackman Brendan Connors.

The Tigers broke a tie at 3 at the end of the first quarter with three consecutive goals in a 90-second span. Stratton scored at the 10:37 mark of the second period and added another at 9:58, with the latter involving a little trickery.

Stratton and Armour engaged in a ball fake behind the net. As Wickham followed Armour to the left wing, Stratton -- who had the ball -- curled around the right post and dumped the ball into the open net.

Fifty-one seconds later, Pastirik evaded freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Bucky Smith's trail-check and slung the ball into the top right corner.

But Navy answered with two goals -- one from Connors and the other from senior defenseman Jake Brosnan with 17 seconds left in the second quarter.

Tigers junior goalie Travis Love continued his strong play in his first career start. Love, who made seven saves -- including six in the third quarter -- in the second half of the team's 12-8 loss to then-No. 6 Maryland last Saturday, recorded 14 saves against the Midshipmen.

Towson also got a strong defensive effort from freshman defenseman Ben Strauss. Strauss surrendered zero goals and just one assist to junior attackman Andy Warner, who had been tied with senior midfielder Patrick Moran for the team lead in goals (10) and points (15). Connors led all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist, and O'Leary finished with two goals and one assist. Navy has lost two in a row for the second time this season.

Notes: Navy senior long-stick midfielder Zack Schroeder started in place of senior Jaren Woeppel, the Patriot League preseason Defensive Player of the Year,who has been bothered by a sore hamstring. Schroeder, who is dealing with a back injury, surrendered just one goal to Tigers senior midfielder Will Harrington, who entered the contest leading the team in goals with nine. ... Tuesday night's contest resumed a series that had been dormant since April 12, 1997 when Towson won, 14-6.

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