Towson Cruises to Win over Saint Joseph's

TOWSON, Md. Junior John Fennessy, sophomore Max Siskind, and freshman Chris Vetter each scored their first career goal as Towson Lacrosse (8-7, 4-2 CAA) claimed a 13-6 victory over Saint Joseph's (5-11, 1-5 CAA) Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello posted his first career hat trick with a career-high four goals. Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers. DeNapoli also dished out a career-high-tying three assists in the win. Hodgson's three assists were also a career best. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage recorded 12 saves, including 10 in the second half.

"Definitely proud and excited for our team about the effort they put forth," said Tiger Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. "We wanted to start fast and get on Saint Joe's early, and we kept the tempo going for the most part during the game. I thought for the most part we played strong and consistent at both ends of the field."

Fennessy opened the scoring at 13:14 with a 65-yard shot that bounced into an empty net after SJU's Austin Keen left the crease. He was assisted by Wascavage. Almost three minutes later, Cuccinello scored his first goal of the game off an assist from Hodgson. Siskind scored just under a minute later, beating the Hawks' keeper from just outside the crease. Cuccinello took advantage of a man-up opportunity off a feed from DeNapoli at 5:35 exactly four minutes after Siskind's tally. Hodgson gave Towson a 5-0 lead when he shot while falling to the ground and found the back of the net.

Joe McErlean finally got the Hawks on the board 12 seconds into the second quarter. Senior Matt Hughes scored for Towson at 12:59 to push the lead back to five goals before Johnny Simanski posted a goal for St. Joe's at 3:35. Hodgson gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

The third quarter was quiet offensively. DeNapoli tallied his first goal of the game off a feed from Hodgson at 6:44. The third different Hawk to score for SJU was Williams when he beat Wascavage high left at 4:58. But Cuccinello's third goal of the game his first career hat trick and Vetter's tally at 1:30 extended the Tigers' advantage to 10-3.

The Hawks scored back-to-back goals at the start of the fourth frame when Williams added his second and Will Abbott picked up a ground ball off a SJU face-off win, took it down and scored. However, sophomore Cory Dobyns tallied his first goal back after missing two games with an injury when he buried a pass from DeNapoli at 13:00 on an EMO chance.

Saint Joseph's continued to hang around. Williams posted a hat trick with a goal at 10:42 to inch the Hawks to within five, 11-6.

Towson next faces Drexel in the CAA Tournament semifinals at Penn State on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Notes: Fennessy, Siskind, and Vetter each scored their first career goals ... Hughes scored a goal on Senior Night ... Cuccinello posted his first hat trick with a career-high four goals ... Towson's 13 goals tied the team's season high ... for the first time all season Towson won the face-off battle, 12-11 ... Cory Dobyns scored his eight extra-man goal of the season ... for just the second time all year, the Tigers won more ground balls than their opponent.

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TOWSON, Md. - Saint Joseph's would not be able to overcome a 5-0 first-quarter run by Towson as the Hawks fell to the Tigers, 13-6, in the regular-season finale.

Down 5-0, Saint Joseph's earned possession off of a Towson face-off violation to start the second quarter, and freshman midfielder Joe McErlean (Phoenixville, Pa./Bishop Shanahan/Phoenixville) scored the first goal of his collegiate career just 12 seconds in to put the Hawks on the board, 5-1.

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