Towson vs. Denver
March 2, 2008
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. – For junior midfielder Mitchell Rosensweig, his first career game-winning goal will always be one to remember as he scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to break a 9-9 tie and lead the 20th-ranked Tigers (1-1) to their first victory of the season, a 10-9 non-conference victory over 16th-ranked Denver (1-3) at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory, dating back to last season. It was the Pioneers’ third straight loss after opening the season with a victory over Colgate.

After freshman midfielder Jamie Lincoln scored with 29 seconds remaining to tie the game at 9-9, Rosensweig won the ensuing face-off and raced down the field before scoring on a bounce shot past junior goalkeeper Austin Konkel for the third goal of his college career.

“I just saw the ball squirt out and picked it up,” Rosensweig said of the game-winning goal. “I just ran as hard as I could toward the goal and hoped it went in.”

The Pioneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 19 minutes of the game as three different players scored a goal. However, the Tigers countered by scoring three goals in less than two minutes to tie the game at 3-3. Lincoln gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead at the intermission when he scored his first goal of the game off a feed from junior midfielder Joey Murray with 1:49 remaining in the period.

Trailing by a goal to start the second half, the Tigers tallied four unanswered goals to take a 7-4 lead with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter. Junior midfielder Randall Cooper scored two of the Tigers’ goals during the rally while senior attackman Jonathan Engelke added a pair of assists.

After the teams traded goals, the Pioneers scored back-to-back goals from senior attackman Jon Paulson (Hunterdon Central H.S./Flemington, N.J.) to close within 8-7 with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter. Engelke regained the Tigers’ two-goal edge when he scored his third goal of the game by converting a feed from freshman attackman Tim Stratton with 6:36 left.

But, the Pioneers used a goal from Paulson with 4:14 remaining to narrow the margin to 9-8 before Lincoln tied the game to set up the heroics.

“A win is a win,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Nobody will remember how. Mitchell had a lot of heart and determination and he made a really good shot to win it for us.”

Engelke led the Tigers with a game-high five points, scoring three goals with two assists while Cooper added three goals with an assist. Stratton added the first two assists of his college career.

Paulson scored three goals to lead Denver in a losing effort while Lincoln posted a two-goal effort. Konkel made 11 saves for the Pioneers, who were outshot by a 37-30 margin.