Towson Edges UMBC for Second Straight Victory

TOWSON, Md. Junior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.) scored a season-high three goals and added an assist to lead Towson University (3-5) to its second straight win, a 10-7 non-conference victory over UMBC (1-7) at the Tigers' Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Tigers also snapped a three-game losing streak against the Retrievers and improved to 27-14 all-time against their local rivals.

"This was a great win for us, especially since we had not beaten them in three years," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. "I thought our defense played well again tonight and Travis (Love) was terrific in the goal for us. We have won two in a row, but now, we have a huge game against UMass on Saturday."

Led by a goal and an assist from Stratton, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Retrievers in the opening ten minutes of the first quarter. However, sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar (DeMatha H.S./Crofton, Md.) responded for the Retrievers by scoring back-to-back goals in a 74-second span to narrow the deficit to 3-2.

The Tigers extended their advantage to 5-2 with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter on a pair of goals from senior midfielder Will Harrington (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) and freshman attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.). But, freshman attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam H.S./Port Moody, B.C., Canada) scored an extra-man goal with 7:12 left in the stanza, cutting the UMBC deficit to 5-3.

After the teams traded goals in the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Tigers upped their advantage to 8-4 with 6:50 remaining in the period. Sophomore attackman Matt Lamon (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a 7-4 edge before junior midfielder Pat Britton (Seneca Valley H.S./Germantown, Md.) with his sixth goal of the year off an assist from Harrington.

But, the Retrievers responded by scoring three straight goals to close the margin to 8-7 with 8:51 left in the fourth quarter. Senior midfielder Kyle Wimer (Hempfield H.S./Lancaster, Pa.) scored two goals during the spurt while freshman midfielder Nick Doub (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) added the first goal of his college career off an assist from freshman attackman Joe Lustgarten (Shoreham-Wading River H.S./Wading River, N.Y.).

But, Stratton secured the victory for the Tigers by scoring back-to-back goals for a three-goal advantage with 2:36 remaining.

While Stratton led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, Harrington contributed a goal with a career-high two assists. Junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) made 11 saves for the Tigers, including seven in the second half.

Wimer scored two goals with two assists to lead the Retrievers in a losing effort while Ryznar contributed two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Severn School/Arnold, Md.) made a season-high 12 saves for UMBC, which was outshot by a 37-27 margin. Cohen had eight of his 12 saves in the first half.

The Tigers will return to their Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Massachusetts for a 1:00 p.m. game against the seventh-ranked Minutemen. Meanwhile, UMBC will travel to Binghamton on Saturday to face the Bearcats at 7:00 p.m.


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