Tigers Let Halftime Lead Slip as Navy Pulls Away

TOWSON, Md. - Towson senior Carl Iacona tallied a season-high two goals and the Tigers led at halftime, but Navy registered five goals in the third quarter to propel the Midshipmen to a 10-6 victory Tuesday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Towson (2-3) outshot Navy (3-3) 30-25 and forced the Midshipmen into 19 turnovers, however the Tigers couldn't overcome a third period in which they were outscored 5-1.

In a low scoring first half, Towson broke through on the scoreboard on an Iacona strike over 13 minutes in. Navy responded less than a minute later on a goal from Erik Hoffstadt to tie the score at the end of the first quarter. The lone goal of the second quarter came from Towson's Matt Hughes as the junior tallied his fifth score of the year to give the Tigers a 2-1 edge at halftime.

Navy controlled play out of the intermission and gradually took control of the game. The Midshipmen won five of seven face-offs, attempted 11 shots and scored five consecutive goals in the third quarter to go up 6-2. Towson did not breakthrough on the scoreboard until there was just 56 seconds remaining when senior Matt Lamon scored his third goal in the last two games.

Leading 6-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, Navy extinguished any hopes of a Tiger comeback by scoring four of the first five goals. Towson's Sean Maguire posted his team-leading ninth goal for the Tigers only tally during the Midshipmen run. Iacona posted his second goal of the day with 27 seconds remaining and freshman Robby Zoppo netted his fifth strike of the year just 15 seconds later, but the rally came too late as the Tigers fell, 10-6.

Seven different Midshipmen scored, including two goals each from Tucker Hall, Taylor Reynolds and Bryce Dabbs. Hall now has 17 goals on the year in just six games.

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli and junior Matt Thomas each picked up assists for the Tigers. For the third straight game, junior Andrew Wascavage and senior Travis Love split time in goal. Wascavage allowed just one goal while facing eight shots and making three saves. Love let in nine goals while facing 17 shots and recording four saves.

After converting just 12 of 21 clears in their last game against Mount St. Mary's, the Tigers were a perfect 16 for 16 in clear opportunities against the Midshipmen. Towson did finish with 13 turnovers though and converted on just six of 30 shots.

The Tigers are back in action Saturday as they travel to Stony Brook. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.


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