Towson vs. Hofstra
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. Sophomore midfielder Keith Obloj scored one goal and added three assists as the 14th-ranked Tigers (9-3, 4-1) won their fifth straight game with a 10-6 victory over 17th-ranked Hofstra University (6-7, 3-2) in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday evening.

"[Obloj] is always steady and doesn't do many things wrong," Tiger Coach Tony Seaman said. "We were just waiting for him to break out. He had about 40 friends on the other team, so it was a good game for him to break out."

With the victory, the Tigers clinch the second seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and will face third-seeded Villanova University in the semi-finals at Unitas Stadium on Wednesday, May 4. The Pride earned the fourth seed and will face top-seeded Delaware, which defeated Drexel by 7-6 on Saturday to clinch its first CAA regular season title.

Obloj gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the opening period when he scored his seventh goal of the season, an unassisted tally past Hofstra freshman James C. Tuohy. The Pride countered with back-to-back goals from Ryan Vilar and Athan Iannucci to take a 2-1 advantage with 7:06 remaining in the first period.

Towson regained the lead at 4-2 with a three-goal run with goals from sophomores Nick Williams and Bobby Griebe and freshman Kyle Batton. With 4:26 remaining in the first half, the Pride cut the deficit to 4-3 on a goal from Ryan Lucas. Sophomore Tom Brewer was credited with the assist on the play.

Holding a slim 4-3 lead at the start of the third quarter, the Tigers scored two goals in the first four minutes to extend the cushion to 6-3. With 12:13 remaining in the stanza, Griebe scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Obloj. Less than a minute later, sophomore Jonathan Engelke tallied his 20th goal of the season by taking a feed from junior Oliver Bacon and scoring past Tuohy to give the Tigers a three-goal advantage.

The Pride cut their deficit to 6-5 with a two-goal spurt of their own with goals from Tim Treubig and Rob Bonaguro before the Tigers sealed the victory with a four-goal run, giving Towson a 10-5 advantage it would not relinquish. Four different players tallied goals for the Tigers during the spurt, including the first goal of the season from junior midfielder Kevin Rutledge.

Griebe was the only Tiger to score more than one goal as nine different Towson players recorded a goal in the victory, marking the 25th straight time Towson has won when scoring 10 or more goals. Iannucci led the Pride with two goals.

Sophomore face-off specialist Matt Eckerl had one of his best games of the season in the victory. He won 17 of 20 face-offs and registered 14 ground balls.

The Tigers, who are in the middle of a three-game homestand to end the regular season, will return to action next Saturday afternoon when they face top-ranked Johns Hopkins University at 1:00 p.m. The Blue Jays enter the contest with a perfect 10-0 record after earning a 9-8 victory against Navy in overtime earlier on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Pride host Stony Brook at Shuart Stadium on Tuesday evening.