2nd-quarter eruption fuels Tigers
Towson finds scoring rhythm, pours it on for upset of Blue Jays
Slow starts might not be too much of a concern if the Towson men’s lacrosse team can quickly find its rhythm as it did in Saturday’s season-opening 17-8 upset of No. 7 Johns Hopkins.
Despite falling behind, 4-2, after the first quarter, the Tigers erupted for all eight goals of the second quarter and cruised past the Blue Jays before an announced 1,509 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.
Towson (1-0) also opened the third quarter with a goal, completing a 9-0 run over 16:35. Freshman midfielder Taite Cattoni’s goal with 11:34 left in the third quarter was the Blue Jays’ first since 48 seconds remained in the first. But the Tigers put together a 4-0 spurt to close out the third with a 15-5 advantage.
“Coming out of the first quarter, we kind of had a little bit of a slow start,” said Towson sophomore defenseman Koby Smith, a Lutherville resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate. “We went down, and as soon as we hit that second quarter, we weren’t down the rest of the game. We played together as a team.”
Towson’s dominance in the second quarter proved crucial in the program’s most lopsided victory over Johns Hopkins (0-1) in series history. Tigers junior attackman Brody McLean scored two of his three goals in a span of 41 seconds to knot the score at 4, senior midfielder Grant Maloof (South River) scored twice and senior attackman Brendan Sunday added one goal and one assist each during
Frances Tiafoe, who grew up in Prince George’s County and learned tennis in College Park, made it to the Australian Open quarterfinals. He currently ranks No. 30 among men’s players in the world, the highest ranking of his career.