Pastirik Leads Towson by Delaware in Teams' CAA Opener

TOWSON, Md. – Christian Pastirik (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winning goal in the third quarter, and added an assist as Towson (2-5, 1-0) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 9-7 victory over Delaware (5-5, 0-1) in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Tigers have now won their conference opener in seven of the last nine years and have beaten the Blue Hens three straight times.

“We're 1-0 in the conference,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Everything we worked on paid off today. We handled the ground balls well and did a good job of holding the ball late at the end of the game.”

The Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes as Pastirik and senior midfielder Will Harrington (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) scored back-to-back goals.

After junior midfielder John Austin (Shoreham-Wading River H.S./Shoreham, N.Y.) scored with 7:26 left to narrow the Blue Hens' deficit to 2-1, junior midfielder Ben Ganley (The Calverton School/Prince Frederick, Md.) tallied his first goal of the season to give Towson a 3-1 advantage with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

But, the Blue Hens rallied two goals late in the first quarter to even the score at 3-3 as senior midfielder Martin Cahill (The Governor's Academy/Malden, Mass.) and senior attackman Curtis Dickson (Riverside H.S./Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada) scored past junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.).

Pastirik gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter with his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker past junior goalkeeper Noah Fossner (Niskayuna H.S./Niskayuna, N.Y.).

However, Delaware responded by scoring two goals in a 41-second span to take a 5-4 lead with 10:48 remaining in the first half. After senior attackman Andrew Unthank (Concord H.S./Wilmington, Del.) scored to even the score at 4-4, Austin tallied his second goal of the game with an unassisted goal to give the Blue Hens their first lead of the game.

Sophomore midfielder Carl Iacona (Massapequa H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 8:05 remaining in the second quarter, tying the game at 5-5 and starting a three-goal run for the Tigers. Junior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.) followed with an extra-man goal to give Towson a 6-5 lead before freshman attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) upped the advantage to 7-5 by converting a feed from Ganley.

Trailing by 7-5 to start the second half, the Blue Hens scored two quick goals in a 61-second span to tie the game at 7-7. Dickson scored an extra-man goal just 24 seconds into the third quarter before Cahill added his second goal of the game, scoring off a feed from senior attackman Mark Steverson (Good Counsel H.S./Rockville, Md.) with 13:59 left.

However, it was the Blue Hens' last goal of the game as the Towson defense held Delaware scoreless for the final 28 minutes, 59 seconds.

Pastirik scored with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter to give Towson an 8-7 lead before Harrington followed with his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.

While Pastirik led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, Harrington added two goals as Towson outshot Delaware by a 36-32 margin. Love contributed 11 saves, including five in the second half, to lead the Tiger defense.

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2010-04-03



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