March 11, 2014
Navy outscored Towson 8-5 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a poor first half as the Mids (3-3) lost at Towson (5-2), 14-9, Tuesday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and then took command in the second quarter by outscoring Navy 6-0 to take a 9-1 lead at the half.
Towson's second quarter run began when Towson scored an own goal when Navy freshman defender John Trainor threw the ball back to goalie John Connors, who was not looking, and the ball went in the net to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
The own goal seemed to spark the Tigers as they would score five more times in the second by five different players. The Navy offense provided little help to the defense, committing four turnovers in both the first and second quarters and rarely keeping possession on its own end.
"I want to congratulate Coach Nadelen on the win. He had his team ready to play and I didn't," said Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "You can't get down 9-1 at the half and expect things are going to work out for you. It seemed like we couldn't do anything right and they couldn't do anything wrong."
To Navy's credit, the Mids came out of the locker room in the second half and played much better lacrosse.
Tucker Hull, Gabe Voumard, Jack Hinderland and T.J. Hanzsche all scored third quarter goals to cut the Towson lead to five at 11-6 after three quarters.
Navy would cut the Tiger lead to four at 12-8 with 8:40 remaining on goals by Voumard, Hanzsche and Hinderland, but Navy couldn't get any closer as the Mids committed four more fourth quarter turnovers to finish the night with 16.
"We were a goal away from making things really interesting, but it was too little, too late," said Sowell.
Navy outshot Towson, 31-28, while the ground balls were even at 29. The Mids won 17 out of the 27 faceoffs. Navy was 5-7 on clears, while Towson was 17-18. The Mids were 1-6 on extra-man opportunities, while the Tigers converted two of three. Navy had seven saves to Towson's six, while Towson had 12 turnovers to Navy's 16.
Voumard led the Mids with three goals, while Hanzsche, Hull and Hinderland had two goals apiece. Navy's leading scorer, Sam Jones, got off just two shots and did not score while handing out two assists.
Navy travels to Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday to take on Lehigh at 2 PM in a critical Patriot League match-up. The Mountain Hawks will also be coming off a loss as they lost at Yale tonight, 10-2.
Navy and Lehigh enter Saturday's game in a three-way tie for third place with Colgate (2-1).
The game will be broadcast on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV and free live video will be available on the Patriot League Network.