Towson Falls at St. Joseph's But Qualifies for CAA Tourney

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Towson fell at Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers still qualified for the CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Towson will play at top-seeded and No. 2-ranked UMass on Wednesday.

The Tigers end the regular season 7-7 overall and tied with Hofstra for fourth in the CAA standings with a 2-4 league mark. Hofstra, which fell at No. 15 Penn State in double overtime Saturday, finds itself outside the CAA Tournament based on the Tigers winning in Hempstead on March 31.

Towson found itself in an early 2-0 hole after Bobby Hurley and Ryan McGee tallied first quarter goals for St. Joseph's. Freshman Robby Zoppo got the Tigers on the board at the 4:11 mark of the first quarter as he tallied his ninth goal of the season off a feed from Matt Hanzsche. Towson then tied the game before the end of the opening stanza a senior Carl Iacona posted his 13th goal of the season.

Defense dominated the second quarter as neither team was able to break through on the scoreboard and the game remained tied at two going into the third quarter.

The Hawks dominated the third quarter, holding Towson scoreless for the second straight quarter and getting three goals from three different players.

After an early goal in the fourth quarter, St. Joseph's found itself up 6-2. The Tigers broke a 24:54 scoreless drought when senior Michael Brashears blasted a low shot from 15-yards out to get the Tigers within 6-3. Senior Sean Maguire assisted on the Brashears goal.

Despite getting the ball into Hawks territory on several occasions in the final six minutes, Towson was unable to score the rest of the way. The Tigers turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter and 12 times overall.

The win for Saint Joseph's was its first Colonial Athletic Association victory during its two years in the league. The Hawks end the year riding a three-game winning streak and finish 6-9 overall and 1-5 in the CAA.

Towson will play at UMass on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers fell in Amherst, Mass. on April 7, 14-3 after trailing just 4-2 at halftime.

2012-04-28



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