Towson Takes CAA Victory over Delaware

TOWSON, Md. Five different Tigers posted multi-goal games as Towson cruised past rival Delaware, 13-8, in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which never trailed in the game, has now won three straight for the first time since the 2010 season. The five-goal margin of victory is the Tigers' largest against the Blue Hens since an 18-4 win on March 23, 2002.

"We were very pleased with our energy, focus and execution tonight," said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. "It was our most complete game of the year and it came against and extremely talented Delaware team. The great thing is we are getting better and improving. We're going to enjoy this win, but we have some extremely tough games ahead."

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli recorded a career-high four points with two goals and two assists to lead the Tigers. Senior's Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon, sophomore Andrew Hodgson and freshman Robby Zoppo also posted multi-goal games for the Tigers.

Junior Ian Mills was impressive once again for the Tigers, winning 17 of 25 face-off's. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was solid in the cage, posting eight saves and picking up his fifth win of the season.

For the second straight game, Towson got on the board less than five seconds into the game as Mills took the opening draw and fed Lamon for his eighth goal of the season before four ticks could come off the clock. Freshman Justin Mabus and Zoppo followed with goals and the Tigers led 3-0 less than seven minutes into the contest.

Delaware (3-6, 0-2 CAA) would score three of the next four goals to cut the Tiger lead to 4-3 at the end of the opening period. After the teams exchanged goals early in the second quarter, Zoppo and Maguire registered consecutive goals for Towson to give the Tigers a 7-4 halftime advantage.

After an even 2-2 third quarter, the Blue Hens remained within striking distance down just three goals entering the final period. Maguire posted his team-high 15th goal of the season at the 13:13 mark of the fourth quarter, but consecutive Delaware goals would bring the Blue Hens to within 10-8 with 8:39 remaining.

Towson would close the game strong though, netting three goals in a 2:20 span to seal the victory.

The Tigers outshot the Blue Hens by a 36-29 margin and went 3 for 6 in extra man opportunities.

Towson will play its first CAA road game of the season on Saturday, March 31 at No. 19 Hofstra. Opening face-off from Hempstead, N.Y. is set for 7:00 p.m.

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TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware fought back to pull within striking distance midway through the fourth quarter, but host Towson reeled off the final three goals of the game to take control and down the Blue Hens 13-8 in Colonial Athletic Association mens lacrosse action Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Delaware senior midfielder Nick Diachenko scored a season-high three goals, Beau Jones scored his first two career goals, and Grant Kaleikau scored a goal and dished out two assists but the Blue Hens (3-6, 0-2 CAA) never held the lead and dropped their third straight game.

Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which won its second straight game and snapped a personal two-game losing streak to the two-time defending CAA?champion Blue Hens, got two goals and two assists from Thomas DeNapoli while Sean Maguire, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Lamon each contributed two goals and an assist and Robby Zoppo chipped in with two goals.

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