2nd-quar­ter erup­tion fu­els Tigers

Tow­son finds scor­ing rhythm, pours it on for up­set of Blue Jays

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ed­ward Lee

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

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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.

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