Men's Lacrosse Falters Late, Drops 12-9 Decision to Towson

BALTIMORE- Visiting Towson used a late 5-0 run to overcome a UMBC lead and defeated the Retrievers, 12-9, in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium.   

UMBC was led by freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing ,N.J./Christchurch (Va.)), who scored three goals and added an assist and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha), who controlled 15 of 25 draws.

But a pair of Tigers stood out in their victory. Junior attackman Thomas DeNapoli scored seven goals and added three assists in the game, while senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made 15 saves on the evening.

The Retrievers never trailed in the game until 1:29 remained in the third quarter.

UMBC took three two-goal advantages in the first half. After taking a 4-3 lead after 15 minutes, Young scored his second of the night, blistering a shot from eight yards out past Wascavage after taking a feed from classmate Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) to give the hosts a 5-3 lead 4:05 into the second quarter.

Young gave his squad a 7-5 advantage with just 3:03 to play in the first half, but Towson took the momentum into the break with two scores 46 seconds apart and the teams were to halftime deadlocked at 7-7.

UMBC (2-5) senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) gave the Retrievers their final lead at 8-7 on a quick shot inside after a Lewnes pass from behind the cage. That goal occurred with 3:58 to play in the third quarter, but DeNapoli tied the score 1:21 later and the Tigers took their first lead on a goal by Brian Bolewicki with 1:29 to play in the stanza.

Towson (4-5) was able to control much of the possession time early in the fourth quarter. Then, the Tigers struck quickly, scoring twice in a span of 31 seconds. UMBC committed a penalty on Towson's ninth goal and the visitors controlled the next draw and scored again to take an 11-8 advantage with 8:10 remaining.

Towson extended the lead to 12-8 before Lewnes scored an unassisted goal with 5:35 to play. Towson committed a slashing penalty on that goal, and UMBC got the face-off, but committed a turnover and could not close the gap.

Lewnes recorded a goal and added two assists for UMBC, while Jones scored a pair of goals and junior midfielder David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) posted a goal and a helper.

Shots were even at 39-all, and UMBC sophomore goalkeeper Wes DiRito recorded eight saves.

UMBC, which scored on all four man-up opportunities vs. High Point on Saturday, was 0-for-4 on the evening, while Towson capitalized on 2-of-5 chances.

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday when they host Mount St. Mary's in the final non-conference game of the regular season.