Towson vs. Rutgers
March 15, 2005
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. Sophomore attackman Todd MacMullan (Severn School/Arnold, Md.) scored a career-high three goals to lead the Tigers (4-1) to a 7-6 victory over Rutgers University (2-1) in a non-conference game at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Tigers have won two straight over the Scarlet Knights and tie the all-time series at 5-5. It was also the Tigers' 350th all-time victory. In 47 years, Towson has a 350-243 record.

Sophomore attackman Chris Doctor (Skaneateles H.S./Skaneateles, N.Y.) gave the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead with 5:56 remaining in the opening period when he scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from sophomore Colin Checcio (Radnor H.S./Wayne, Pa.).

Just 18 seconds into the second stanza, MacMullan tied the game at 1-1 with his fourth goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Jonathan Engelke (Farmingdale H.S./Massapequa Park, N.Y.). Following a goal by senior John Flanagan (St. Anthony's H.S./Smithtown, N.Y.), the Tigers scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 advantage with 8:45 remaining in the third period. Junior attackman Kyle Fiat (Olympus H.S./Salt Lake City, Utah), freshman Brian Vetter (Annapolis H.S./Annapolis, Md.) and MacMullan each scored a goal during the spurt.

Rutgers countered with a three-goal spurt of its own, taking a 5-4 advantage at the end of the third quarter. With 7:40 left, sophomore defenseman Mike Sissler (Ramapo H.S./Franklin Lakes, N.J.) scored his first goal of the season to cut the margin to 4-3. Just over three minutes later, senior Leif Blomquist (Long Beach H.S./Long Beach, N.Y.) tied the game at 4-4 with his sixth goal of the season before Flanagan gave the Scarlet Knights a one-goal cushion with his second goal of the game off a Blomquist feed.

Towson rallied with three straight goals in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, taking a 7-5 advantage with 4:34 remaining in regulation. Fiat tallied his second goal of the game with 12:53 remaining when he took a pass from sophomore face-off specialist Matt Eckerl (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and scored past junior Greg Havalchak (Corning East H.S./Corning, N.Y.) to tie the game at 5-5. MacMullan gave the Tigers a 6-5 lead when he recorded his first career hat trick at the 11:25 mark by scoring off a feed from Kyle Batton (Dulaney H.S./Monkton, Md.). Batton scored with 4:34 left off a pass from sophomore Oliver Bacon (Charlotte Country Day/Charlotte, N.C.), upping the Tiger margin to 7-5.

With 1:08 remaining, Blomquist scored off a Flanagan assist to narrow the gap to 7-6, but the Tiger defense led by senior goalkeeper Reed Sothoron (St. Mary's Ryken/Lexington Park, Md.) held off the Scarlet Knights for the victory.

Eckerl won 13 of 16 face-offs and recorded 10 ground balls to give Towson numerous offensive opportunities while Sothoron made eight saves in recording his fourth win of the season.

"Reed Sothoron and Matt Eckerl were just outstanding for us," Coach Tony Seaman said. "They kept getting the ball back for us, especially against a team that likes to slow it down."

The Tigers will begin a three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to face the second-ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers at 1:00 p.m.