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Tigers hit stride in 4th quarter to beat Drexel

By: Myles Nelson

Alec Burckley's dominated at the X, winning 16 of 21 faceoffs, and that dominance eventually helped spark the Tigers offense in the fourth quarter.

Alec Burckley’s dominated at the X, winning 16 of 21 faceoffs, and that dominance eventually helped spark the Tigers offense in the fourth quarter.

In the 50th meeting between the Baltimore-Philadelphia rivals, Towson captured an 11-7 victory, earning head coach Shawn Nadelen his first regular-season win over the Drexel Dragons.

After three quarters, the Tigers offense finally came alive. The game was tied at five going into the fourth quarter, but Towson would score six goals in the final period to run away with the victory. The difference according to Joe Seider, who scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter, was keeping things simple at the end of the game.

“We weren’t really finishing the way we should, the way we know we can [through the first three quarters],” he said. “I think the fourth quarter we started realizing, making simply plays, do the simple things, it’ll come to you.”

Towson struck first in the game after Mike Lowe picked up a groundball, Towson cleared it and Ryan Drenner score the unassisted goal. But after that goal the Dragons focused on stopping him and it limited the Tigers’ offense.

“We played a little bit of zone where we shut him off,” Drexel head coach Brian Voekler said. “He does a lot of things for them. He’s one of the best attackmen in our league and he’s had a great year so far so we tried to limit his touches a little bit.”

It worked. That was his only goal of the game and Towson would only score two more times before going into the half tied 3-3.

Just over a minute after Drenner’s goal, Will Manganiello netted an unassisted goal of his own.

Towson’s netted one more goal in the first quarter with 3:47 remaining when Jon Mazza scored his sixth goal of the season. His goal came after Patrick Conroy forced a turnover by Manganiello and Zach Goodrich collected the groundball for the Tigers. But them would go 18 minutes before their next score.

Thanks to their top-notch defense, Drexel was not able to take advantage of the Tigers offensive struggles.

Drexel got an extra man opportunity with little over a minute left in the first quarter when Jack Adams was called for a slashing penalty. Drexel created a strong chance for a score but Tyler White came up with one of his five saves in the game to prevent them from capitalizing on the opportunity.

The Dragons got another extra man opportunity in the second quarter. This time they made it count. Joe Seider got called for a push and it led to Mason Pynn finding Matthew Varian for a goal to tie the game at two. For a second week in a row, the Tigers trailed at home.

However, it wouldn’t last.

Before the half ended, Seider netted his 18th goal of the season off an assist from Mike Lynch to tie the game at three at halftime.

But unlike last week when the Tigers came out firing after halftime, their offense remained stagnant and Drexel was able to score twice before the midway point of the quarter.

With over 10 minutes left in the first quarter, Cole Shafer score for Drexel. Minutes later, Managniello scored again to give Drexel a two-goal lead.

With 5:32 left in the quarter the Towson offense began to show signs of life. After a shot by Brian Bolewicki missed, Lynch picked up the ground ball and turned it into his eighth goal of the season. Later in the quarter, Drenner grabbed a groundball, following his own missed shot. The possession would eventually end with Spencer Parks scoring an unassisted goal to tie the game at five.

Towson’s dominance at faceoff helped them to pick their offense back up. Alec Burckley set a new career-high, winning 16 of 21 faceoffs.

“Give credit to my wing, they played tough; gave me space when I needed it and also boxed out and picked up ground balls to make everything a lot easier for me,” he humbly said.

While Drexel would win the first faceoff of the fourth quarter, they wouldn’t do anything with their first possession as Manganiello turned the ball over. And after that turnover, Seider would score his second goal of the game to give Towson their first lead since the first quarter. Seider completed his third hat trick of the season with 8:47 remaining in regulation.

Drenner then got his 14th assists of the season when he passed to Tyler Young for a score that put Towson up by three goals. Tyler Konen would also score in the final quarter on another assists from Drenner to complete a six-goal run that gave Towson a 9-5 lead.

Drexel continued to fight as Joe Rainoldi added another goal with 5:42 left in egulation, but the Tigers reached double-digits when Lynch scored his second goal of the game. Both teams would score once more before the end of the game, but the Tigers defense remained stout as usual to prevent a comeback.

With the win, Towson improves to 9-1. It was also their fifth-consecutive CAA-opener victory, a perfect mark under Nadelen. Towson also improved to 7-0 at home, giving them their most wins at home since 2004.

Towson’s schedule only had conference opponents remaining on their schedule and they will travel to Amherst, Mass to play the Minutemen next Saturday at 1 pm.

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