Towson holds on to beat UMBC, 10-7

Tigers win consecutive games for first time since March 2009

April 07, 2010|By Edward Lee | Baltimore Sun reporter

The comeback tour for the Towson men's lacrosse team rolls on.

Seven different players scored goals as the host Tigers collected their second consecutive win by holding off UMBC, 10-7, before 2,850 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson Wednesday night.

Paired with Saturday's 9-7 triumph over Delaware, the victory gives Towson (3-5) its first two-game winning streak since March 2009 when the team strung together three straight victories over Robert Morris, Bucknell and Drexel.

The Tigers didn't make things easy for themselves. After taking a 6-4 lead into halftime, Towson went on a 3-1 run, bookended by goals from junior midfielder Pat Pritton. Despite having the biggest lead of the game at 8-4 with 6:50 left in the third quarter, Towson watched as senior midfielder Kyle Wimer's two goals sparked a 3-0 run by the Retrievers (1-7) in a span of 9 minutes, 32 seconds.

But junior attackman Tim Stratton scored his second and third goals of the game to cement the win for the Tigers.

Towson went 2 of 3 on its extra-man opportunities. Senior midfielders Christian Pastirik and Will Harrington have converted the extra-man chances for the Tigers, who had been successful just 27.8 percent (10 of 36) of the time prior to Wednesday night.

Stratton paced Towson with four points on his second hat trick of the season and an assist. Harrington added one goal and two assists, and junior goalkeeper Travis Love made 11 saves.

Wimer led UMBC with two goals and two assists, and sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar scored twice. Freshman goalie Adam Cohen finished with 12 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Retrievers dropped their sixth consecutive game.

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