Navy (2-3) leads this series, winning six of 10 meetings. But since renewing the in-state rivalry for the first time since 1997, the two sides have split the last two contests. The Tigers (2-2) have been a much tougher out at home, going 4-1 with the lone loss occurring April 17, 1993. Here are a few factors that could influence the outcome at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson on Tuesday night.
1) Tigers’ hibernation. By the time Towson takes the field for the 7:30 faceoff, 10 days will have elapsed since the team’s last contest – a 10-8 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on March 3. Rust is a concern, according to coach Shawn Nadelen. “We were only operating with about 25, 26 guys in practice every day with guys being injured, and we ran through quite a bit of a flu issue with our guys during the past 10 days,” he said. “So during that big break, you’d like to have time to maybe do some scrimmaging and full-field drills, but we couldn’t do it with the lack of depth that we had. So I think there might be a little bit of a rust factor, but I hope they shake it off in the first five minutes or so.”