With three more games left on the Colonial Athletic Association slate and tied with No. 11 Penn State for third in the league with identical 2-1 records, Towson is in a fairly comfortable position with regards to qualifying for the conference tournament.
But with the aforementioned Nittany Lions visiting Johnny Unitas Stadium Saturday night, coach Shawn Nadelen said the weight of the team’s postseason future is noticeable.
“This is playoff lacrosse for Towson,” he said Monday. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re preparing to put our best team on the field to compete and win, and we have to execute that way. Knowing that we want to make that CAA Tournament, these next three games are huge for us, and the only one that matters is the one in front of us. Going up against Penn State who’s in the same boat as us, everything’s going to be even until the whistle blows at 7:30.”
One thing Nadelen is not stressing about is missing out on an opportunity to extend the Tigers’ winning streak, which ended at five after Saturday’s 14-3 setback to No. 3 Massachusetts.
“I don’t think we’re worried about extending the streak,” he said. “We were very much concerned about going up to UMass and playing a conference game against a tough team. We weren’t concerned about whatever win number it was. We were just going up there to win a game. We didn’t care if it was win No. 1 or win No. 6 in a row. We wanted to get up there and put our best out there, and we didn’t accomplish that.”