Drexel vs. Towson
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior midfielder BRIAN MYERS scored four goals to lead the Tigers (6-4, 5-0) to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season championship with a 17-9 conference victory over Drexel University (4-7, 1-3) at Drexel Field on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Tigers earn their second conference regular season championship in the last three years. During the 2001 season, Towson won the AMERICA EAST regular season and tournament titles en route to its appearance in the national semifinals.

Towson opened the scoring with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter, as freshman attackman STEVE MULL scored the first of his three goals in the game, an unassisted tally past Drexel starting goalkeeper RYAN HARNEY. Drexel tied the game at 1-1 just 42 seconds later when PATRICK FRIEL scored an unassisted goal.

The Tigers went on a 5-0 run that spanned nearly nine minutes, breaking the tie and giving Towson a 6-1 advantage. Junior midfielder ALEX FOUNTAIN started the rally with a goal that was assisted by junior midfielder PEYTON CHANE. With 11:02 left in the second quarter, Myers scored his second goal of the game, upping the Tiger lead to 3-1. Less than 30 seconds later, senior midfielder BRAD MONACO scored an unassisted goal to give the Tigers a three-goal margin at 4-1. Myers added his third goal of the game and second of the spurt before Drexel's JESSE RUMBLE ended the Dragon drought with a goal that was assisted by BRENDAN MORGAN.

Mull and Chane added a pair of goals to increase the Drexel deficit to 8-2 before a extra-man goal by SEAN MOLONEY made the score 8-3 with 4:47 remaining in the first half. Friel was credited with the assist.

Towson ended the first half scoring with a Myers goal with 1:47 remaining in the second quarter that was assisted by Fountain.

In the third quarter, senior attackman RYAN OBLOJ started the scoring with the first of his two goals in the game with Chane recording the assist. Chane ended the game with two goals and a team-high three assists.

Following a MIKE FILIPPONE goal with 10:55 remaining in the stanza, Obloj scored his second goal off a feed from Monaco. The Obloj tally started a 5-0 run for the Tigers that lasted through the rest of the quarter. Mull followed with his third goal of the game with 2:52 left in the period with the assist coming from Obloj. Less than a minute later, junior midfielder DREW PFARR scored a goal off a Mull assist to make the score 13-4. With 42 seconds remaining in the period, Myers scored on a left-handed shot that beat Harney and gave the Tigers a 10-goal cushion.

Monaco started the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game off a Chane feed. JARRETT MIZZI ended the Tiger spurt with an unassisted goal past Towson goalkeeper MARK DeGROAT, who entered the game at the start of the stanza. Senior long stick midfielder DANNY COCCHI scored with 10:34 remaining in the game off an assist from freshman defenseman RYAN COCCHI.

Morgan found the back of the net at the 6:14 mark of the period off a feed from Moloney to narrow the Tiger gap to 16-7. Following Mizzi's second goal of the game, senior midfielder MATT JONES finished Towson's scoring with a goal that was assisted by JOSH CORNETT. Mizzi added his third goal of the game with 1:21 left for the final margin.

Towson sophomore REED SOTHORON made 14 saves in the first three quarters for the Tigers before giving way to DeGroat and freshman DREW MONTGOMERY. DeGroat made three saves in just under 13 minutes of play, while Montgomery did not record a save.

The perfect 5-0 record in CAA play marks the fifth time in the Tigers' history that they have gone through conference play without a loss. During the 2001 season, Towson also went 5-0 in AMERICA EAST play.