Towson vs. Providence
March 7, 2004
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - - Towson University scored 20 seconds into the game and never looked back as the 17th-ranked Tigers beat Providence College 12-3 Sunday afternoon in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The win improved the Tigers to 1-1 on the year while the Friars dropped to 0-2. It was the first -ever meeting between the two schools on the lacrosse field.

The Friars tried to slow the game down and were warned for stalling twice in the first quarter but the tactic didn^t bother the Tigers who scored five goals on nine shots in the opening session for a 5-0 lead. Faceoff specialist Ben DeFelice dug out the opening draw and then raced to score the game^s first goal to start the Tigers on their way.

Providence^s Dan Giuntini ended the Friars^ drought with a goal at the 12:25 mark of the second period but then Towson responded with a four-goal run that put the Tigers on top 9-1 midway in the third quarter. The Friars scored twice in the fourth period as the Tigers emptied their bench.

Jonathan Engelke, Drew Pfarr, Brian Myers and Steve Mull each tallied twice for Towson which won its 10th straight game when scoring 10 or more goals. Engelke and Pfarr each added an assist. Sean Nixon paced the Friars with two goals.

All three Towson goalies played. Starter Reed Sothoron had three saves while allowing just one goal before giving way to Mark DeGroat and Drew Montgomery.

Ron Westgate relieved starter Andrew McMinn in the nets for Providence at the start of the second quarter and finished with nine saves while allowing seven goals.

The Tigers dominated the faceoffs, winning 14 of 18 draws and were led by DeFelice^s 10-3 performance. Towson outshot the Friars 41-16 in addition to winning the ground ball war, 42-22.

Towson is back in action next Saturday afternoon when the Tigers travel to College Park to take on the second-ranked Maryland Terrapins. The game will be carried live on WMAR-TV beginning at 1:00 p.m.