Towson still searching for reliable third attackman

Five different Tigers have started alongside junior Thomas DeNapoli and sophomore Cory Dobyns

March 18, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

In eight games this season, Towson has started junior Thomas DeNapoli and sophomore Cory Dobyns on attack. The third attackman spot has been more of a revolving door.

Five players have started as the third attackman. Sophomore Justin Mabus has made the most starts (three), and senior Matt Hughes, junior Paul Danko Jr., and freshman Brian Bolewicki have each had a turn.

Junior Devin Grimaldi was the latest candidate to get a shot at playing with DeNapoli and Dobyns. He finished 0-of-1 from the field, grabbed six ground balls, committed three turnovers and caused one turnover in the Tigers’ 12-4 loss to No. 20 Duke on Saturday.

“It’s frustrating when you feel like you don’t have pieces to fit to the puzzle,” coach Shawn Nadelen said Monday afternoon. “It’s tough. I think Devin had a good game against Duke and did a couple nice things for us. He was playing well. We just don’t have one guy that we think we can lean on consistently to fill out a six-on-six set, and that makes it challenging. But I think our guys are continuing to work at what we do and continuing to improve. So we’ve got to continue to do that.”

The offense would seem to have a starter in Hughes, who led the team in scoring in 2010 and 2011. But he had zero goals and zero assists in his lone start in Towson’s 14-9 loss to No. 14 Loyola on Feb. 20 and has scored just three goals in six contests this year.

“We’ve considered that,” Nadelen said of returning Hughes to attack after trying to play midfield. “Some of the reasoning behind Matt’s move was his limited abilities at the attack position. We thought we could utilize his skills a little bit more at the midfield, but we’re continuing to work with Matt to improve and understand his role in the offense and see if he can adjust accordingly.”

Nadelen said Grimaldi will likely start in the Tigers’ road game at UMBC on Tuesday night. “I would think so,” Nadelen said. “He hasn’t shown us one way or the other why he shouldn’t.”

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