Wascavage Saves 19 as Towson Knocks off No. 15 Hofstra

TOWSON, Md. - Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a season-high 19 saves and sophomore Justin Mabus and junior Andrew Hodgson each scored four points as Towson (6-5, 2-0 CAA) claimed a 7-6 victory over No. 15 Hofstra (6-4, 1-2 CAA) on Saturday night at Unitas Stadium.

It was Towson's first win over a ranked team this season and first at home since a 9-8 victory over then-No. 5 Brook on March 19, 2011. The Tigers have now won three straight games this season for the first time and two in a row against the Pride, dating back to the 10-9 double overtime win in Hempstead on March 31, 2012

Wascavage faced 42 Hofstra shots on the evening, withstanding a late Pride charge and turning away eight shots in the final period. Hodgson and Mabus each had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, who took a sizable 7-4 lead with 6:43 remaining in the game on Mabus' second tally of the evening. Hodgson's four points were a career best, while Mabus also notched a personal best with two goals.

Adrian Sorichetti had a goal and an assist to lead the Pride. Five other players had a single goal each for Hofstra. The Pride outshot Towson 42-26 and picked up three more ground balls, 19-16. Hofstra also won at the "X," claiming 11 of 16 face-offs.

"Darn glad double zeros came quick there in the fourth quarter," noted head coach Shawn Nadelen. "At the end of the game, things got a little crazy, but I thought our guys, for the most part, executed our game plan pretty efficiently. Defensively we were very sound and offensively we moved the ball and were patient at times."

Hofstra scored the first two goals of the game before Towson took a 3-2 lead at the start of the second quarter when Mabus and Hodgson connected at 13:22 on Mabus' first goal of the game. The Tigers never trailed again. Mabus scored the game-winning goal at Hofstra last season.

Tyler Johnston posted a goal at 5:31 in the second quarter to tie the game at three apiece before the Pride went cold on offense for the next 20:48. Tyler Begley's man-up goal at 10:43 in the fourth was the first of three tallies posted by the Pride in the quarter. Lance Yapor beat Wascavage with 12 seconds left, but Towson won the ensuing face-off and held on for the win.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 6 at home against UMass at 1:00 p.m.

Notes: Andrew Wascavage has now made double-digit saves (19) in every game this season and has a 12-game streak dating back to May 2, 2012 ... Andrew Hodgson and Thomas DeNapoli each continued their point streaks which also stand at 12 games and date back to May 2, 2012 ... The win marked Towson's 58th program win over a ranked team and first this season ... This game was Towson's second straight 7-6 decision both victories.

2013-03-31



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