Drexel vs. Towson
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Overcoming a 4-2 deficit in the fourth quarter, the Tigers (4-4, 2-0) scored five unanswered goals in the final 7:39 as they pulled out an important 7-4 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Drexel University (4-5, 0-1) at Vidas Field. With the victory, the Tigers extended their winning streak to three and moved into a tie for first place in the CAA with a 2-0. The Tigers also presented Coach Tony Seaman with his 250th career victory.

"It didn't feel any different from the 249th victory," said Seaman, who became the 16th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone. "As long as the wins keep piling up and the losses don't, I will be a happy man."

The Tigers trailed the Dragons by 4-1 with 11:17 left in the third quarter when Adam Dennis scored an unassisted goal. After that point, the Tiger defense stepped up and shut them out the rest of the way. With 8:03 left in the third quarter, senior Bill McCutcheon cut the Tigers' deficit to 4-2 when he scored an unassisted goal.

With 7:39 left in regulation, sophomore midfielder Scott Ruhl cut the lead to 4-3 when he scored off a pass from McCutcheon.

Then, the Tigers received a huge break when Drexel's Matt McCormick was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct with 6:55 remaining. The non-releasable penalty enabled Towson to score the tying and go-ahead goals. With 6:30 left, McCutcheon scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 4-4. With 5:59 remaining, junior midfielder Pat Britton tallied the go-ahead goal off a pass from senior Randall Cooper, putting Towson ahead to stay.

After the Tigers held on to their one-goal lead for the next four minutes, sophomore Tim Stratton took a pass from Justin Schneider and scored into an open net as the Dragons had their goalie pressuring the ball. Moments later, Mitch Rosensweig won his 10th faceoff of the game and put the game out of reach by scoring his first goal of the season with 54 seconds left.

"This was a great victory for our team," praised Seaman, one of eight active coaches with 250 wins. "Our defense played a great game. It seemed like they were on the field a lot but they kept after them and put us in a position to win. I am so proud of this team. This was a game we won piece-by-piece and goal-by-goal. Our guys deserve a lot of credit for winning this one."

Junior goalkeeper Rob Wheeler came up with another big performance in the cage. He allowed just four goals and made ten saves. He faced 32 shots and kept the Tigers in the game.

Rosensweig won 10 of 14 faceoffs and had a game high seven ground balls.

McCutcheon led the Tigers with two goals and one assist while Sean Maguire, Stratton, Ruhl, Smedley and Britton also scored for the Tigers.

With the victory, the Tigers avenged a 10-9 loss to the Dragons last season. Towson has now beaten Drexel 35 times in 39 games.