Towson vs. Delaware
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. – Senior attackman Jonathan Engelke and junior attackman Bill McCutcheon combined for seven goals and five assists as the Tigers (3-6, 2-1) overcame a 6-3 half-time deficit to earn their second win in the last three games, a 10-7 victory over 17th-ranked University of Delaware (7-4, 1-1) in a key Colonial Athletic Association game at Johnny Unitas ® stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Led by Engelke and McCutcheon, the Tigers used a seven-goal run in the second half to defeat the Blue Hens. McCutcheon tallied three of the goals during the run while Engelke had two goals and three assists.

“That’s a nice win for us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Everybody we play is ranked and it’s nice to beat somebody that is ranked. You always think that one game in a season turns you around and hopefully, this is the one that gets us going the right way.”

The Blue Hens took a quick 3-0 lead in the opening six minutes. Senior midfielder J.J. Moran scored just 42 seconds into the game before sophomore midfielder Martin Cahill upped the Delaware advantage to 2-0 with 11:56 left in the opening stanza by converting a feed from sophomore attackman Curtis Dickson. Just over two minutes later, Dickson scored an unassisted goal to give the Blue Hens a three-goal lead.

Engelke and McCutcheon tallied back-to-back goals in a 90-second span to start the second quarter, cutting the Tigers’ deficit to 3-2 with 12:04 remaining in the half. However, the Blue Hens responded with three straight goals, including a pair of markers from junior midfielder Beau Davis to extend their cushion to 6-2 with 5:08 remaining. Sophomore Eric Boyle scored with 35 seconds left in the half to narrow the margin to 6-3.

Boyle’s goal started the Tigers’ comeback effort. The Tigers scored three goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter, including two McCutcheon goals, to tie the game at 6-6.

With 13:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Engelke scored off a McCutcheon pass for his second goal of the game and the Tigers’ first lead at 7-6. McCutcheon tallied an extra-man goal with 9:45 remaining to extend the advantage to 8-6 before Engelke took a pass from freshman Tim Stratton and scored his 20th goal of the season past senior goalkeeper Tom Scherr for a three-goal edge.

Senior attackman Blake Best added an extra-man goal with 7:25 remaining off a pass from Engelke to give Towson a 10-6 lead. Senior midfielder Brett Manney ended the Blue Hens’ drought by scoring his first goal of the season with 2:55 left, snapping a streak of 32 minutes, 13 seconds without a goal.

Engelke led the Tigers to the victory with three goals and a career-high four assists while McCutcheon tallied a career-high four goals along with an assist. With his three-goal effort, Engelke became the sixth player in school history to reach 100 career goals. He is the first Towson player to reach that milestone since Matt Clune, who had 125 goals in his college career.

“When you score 100 goals in your career, you have to be pretty good at it,” Seaman said of the milestone. “You can only give the ball to him so many times in front of the goal and then, he’s going to start to burn you.”

Senior goalkeeper Billy Sadtler made 12 saves for the Tigers, who outshot Delaware by a 39-34 margin.

Cahill led the Blue Hens in a losing effort with one goal and two assists while Davis added a pair of markers. Scherr posted 14 saves to become the sixth goalkeeper in Delaware history to amass 600 career saves.

"This is a disappointing one," said Delaware Coach Bob Shillinglaw. "We didn't do a good job in the second half on faceoffs and execution on offense and the penalties killed us.

"That gave them some momentum and advantages that got them back in the game,” he added. “This is Delaware-Towson and when you get them down, you have to keep them down. Credit Towson with executing in the second half and taking advantage of their man-up chances. Billy Sadtler did a great job in goal for them. We play an aggressive style but we have to stay away from the penalties. The good news is that we are playing hard."

The Tigers will travel to Sacred Heart on Wednesday afternoon to face the Pioneers at 2 p.m. while Delaware will host Drexel on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Game Notes: In two televised games this season, McCutcheon has scored seven goals with three assists … Engelke has now scored a goal in 10 straight games and has recorded a point in 28 consecutive games … Engelke has 13 goals and 7 assists in five career games against the Blue Hens … The Tigers have come from behind in two of their three wins this year … They also trailed Robert Morris by 5-3 at half-time … McCutcheon has scored all 13 of his goals in four games this year, recording a “hat trick” each time … Towson has won 4 of the last 7 meetings against Delaware … Dickson has scored a goal in 20 straight games and has a 21-game point scoring streak … Cahill has scored in all 11 of the Blue Hens’ games this year.