Towson vs. Hofstra
May 2, 2007
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - Senior attackman Bobby Griebe scored three of his game high four goals in the third quarter to awaken the 14th-ranked Tigers and lead them to an 11-5 victory over Hofstra Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Championship.

The win sent the top-seeded Tigers into the championship game on Saturday night in Johnny Unitas Stadium against the Delaware Blue Hens, who upset the second-seeded Drexel Dragons in the other semi-final on Wednesday evening.

The Pride wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard with freshman midfielder Thomas Interlicchio scoring unassisted just 45 seconds into the contest. Towson then made the most of its first offensive opportunity and answered 23 seconds later to knot the score on sophomore attackman Randall Cooper's unassisted marker.

The action slowed until there were five seconds remaining in the first period when senior attackman Ryan Miller came from behind the goal to score and gave the Pride a 2-1 lead.

As the second quarter got underway, the Tigers were called for a tripping penalty, which marked the first Towson penalty in 152:09. Hofstra couldn't capitalize, though, and play resumed at a deliberate pace. There was no scoring in the second quarter as the Pride took their 2-1 lead into halftime.

Towson reloaded in the third quarter and came out firing.

Junior attackman Timmy Andre came off the bench and ended a nearly 31-minute scoring drought when he beat Hofstra goalie Danny Orlando for a marker just 1:26 into the period. Griebe then took a feed from junior midfielder Adam Hagelin to give Towson its first lead of the game at the 11:51 mark.

The Tigers continued to roll with Griebe at the controls. He scored off an assist from junior midfielder Brian Vetter. Cooper followed that with an extra man goal at the 6:23 mark. Griebe made it a 5-0 run within a 7:42 period when he took a pass from junior attackman Jonathan Engelke for a 6-2 lead.

"We made great half-time adjustments," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. "We got a couple of goals to start the third quarter and that relaxed us. We played excellent defense during the entire game, but especially in the second half."

Sophomore attackman Anthony Muscarella ended Towson's barrage and gave the Pride its first scorer in over 20 minutes when he tallied an extra man goal.

Towson brushed off the goal and mounted another run started by Griebe's fourth of the game. Senior midfielder Nick Williams followed before junior attackman Kyle Batton gave Towson a 9-3 lead when he scooped in a missed Towson shot.

The Pride tried to get a rally of is own going when Miller scored at the 7:24 mark.

Cooper and sophomore Kyle Smedley tallied back-to-back goals in the final minutes to give Towson the victory.

Griebe paced the Tigers with four goals while Cooper posted three goals of his own. Junior goalkeeper Matt Antol led the Tiger defense by making 12 saves, including eight in the first half. Miller led the Pride in a losing effort with two goals while Interlicchio added a goal and an assist.

The win allowed the Tigers to avenge a 9-8 overtime setback against the Pride on April 14. It was also the second time in three years that Towson has defeated the Pride in the CAA semi-finals.