Despite Saturday's loss to Drexel, Towson clinched spot in CAA tournament

Tigers earn berth in conference tournament for second time in as many years during Shawn Nadelen's tenure

April 22, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Unlike last season, Towson will not have to wait until the final weekend of the regular season to find out if it has qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Despite Saturday’s 14-11 loss to No. 15 and league rival Drexel, the Tigers clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.

“Obviously, we’re excited,” coach Shawn Nadelen said Monday afternoon. “We’ve played decently within the CAA this year, and we’ve earned enough wins to qualify us for postseason play. We’re looking forward to when that opportunity comes, but we want to make sure that we finish the regular season strong with a good showing against St. Joe’s.”

Because of its 3-2 record in the CAA, Towson (7-7 overall) is slotted into the No. 3 seed. No. 10 Penn State (10-3 overall and 5-0 in the league) has already cemented the top seed and home-field advantage for the tournament, and the Dragons (10-3, 5-1) are too far ahead for the Tigers to catch them for the No. 2 seed.

If Towson lost to St. Joseph’s (5-9, 1-4) this Saturday and Hofstra (7-6, 2-3) upends the Nittany Lions, the Pride would tie the Tigers, but Towson owns the head-to-head tiebreaker via a 7-6 decision on March 30.

The program now has qualified for the conference tournament in each of Nadelen’s first two seasons as coach. Nadelen said playing for the CAA title is a priority every year.

“That’s the conference we play in and one of our goals every year is to win the CAA, and we want to make sure that we do that,” he said. “Being a competitive program, that’s where we feel we need to be. Towson lacrosse has high standards and high expectations and winning the CAA is something that we have a lot of pride in and hoping to accomplish.”

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