Towson Rallies to Defeat Delaware in Overtime

NEWARK, Del. -- The heartbreaking losses continued for University of Delaware Friday night as Towson tied the game in the final seconds and then scored with 1:45 left in sudden-death overtime for a 7-6 Colonial Athletic Association triumph at Delaware Stadium.

Delaware built a three-goal lead in the final quarter, but Towson came back to score three times in the final stanza, including a goal by Greg Cuccinello with just 2.6 seconds left to play. That goal sent the game into overtime and Towson came through again as Andrew Hodgson scored just over two minutes into the extra session for the thrilling victory.

The disappointing losses continued for the Blue Hens, who are now 0-5 at home this season with four of those losses coming by just one goal and all five coming in the final minutes of play. Delaware five home losses have come by a combined nine goals.

"Every one of these games has been difficult," said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw of the one-goal losses. "Our guys need a little reward for their effort. They come every day at practice and battle and compete. We will come back to practice strong on Monday and get ready for Drexel."

Delaware (2-7, 0-2 CAA), which lost its third straight game, was led by freshman Ian Robertson who scored two goals and dished out an assist on the night. Nick Diachenko added two goals while Beau Jones scored once and assisted on another. The Blue Hens got a solid effort from freshman goalkeeper Conor Peaks who earned his first career start with Chris Herbert sidelined with an injury and recorded 11 saves.

Towson (5-5, 1-0 CAA), which held a commanding 42-27 advantage in shots and outshot the Hens 13-3 from the fourth quarter on, won its second straight game and as Hodgson and Cory Dobyns each score twice, Thomas DeNapoli had a goal and an assist, and goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage turned back 13 shots.

Towson took a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter on a goal by DeNapoli just 2:29 into the period, but Delaware answered back in a big way as senior defenseman Connor Fitzgerald scored his first goal of the season, Robertson scored his first goal of the game, and Diachenko scored his second goal of the contest to give the Hens a 4-3 advantage at the break.

The momentum continued into the third quarter as the Hens upped their run to five straight goals and took a 6-3 edge as Robertson tallied his second goal with 10:38 left in the stanza and then fed Jones for another score with 6:05 remaining for a 6-3 lead.

But Delaware's offense would grow silent from there as Towson mounted its comeback. Dobyns scored a man-up goal with 12:37 left and Hodgson followed with another score with 8:09 to cut the gap to one and set up the exciting finish. After a Towson timeout, the Tigers came out and extended the game as Cuccinello's shot from straight on with just under three seconds left appeared to be saved but trickled through the legs of Peaks and into the net.

Delaware had a possession in overtime but Connor McRoy committed a turnover at the three-minute mark and Towson took over. That gave Hodgson the chance to play hero as he took a feed from Ben McCarthy and rifled a shot from 15 yards out past Peaks to clinch the win.

The Hens will return to action next Saturday when they travel to CAA foe Drexel for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff.

* * * *

Baltimore, Md. - Junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Ben McCarty teamed up on the game-winning goal in overtime as Towson men's lacrosse (5-5, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) defeated Delaware (2-7, 0-2 CAA), 7-6, Friday evening at Delaware Stadium.

1 2    Next  »


Create a free lacrosse website