Towson vs. Sacred Heart
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. Sophomore attackman Jonathan Engelke scored a season-high five goals as the Tigers (8-3, 3-1) won their fourth straight game, a 17-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Sacred Heart University (4-7, 0-4) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday evening.

With the victory, the Tigers improve to 4-0 all-time against the Pioneers and win their 24th straight game when scoring ten or more goals. Towson's last loss when scoring in double figures came during the 2002 season, a 14-11 setback to Johns Hopkins University.

The Tigers jumped to a 4-1 lead in the opening eight minutes of the game with four players scoring a goal. After midfielder Keith Obloj scored just 50 seconds into the game, the Pioneers quickly countered with an unassisted tally from Kiel Adams. Towson scored three straight goals to regain the advantage at 4-1 with goals from Engelke, Nick Williams and Oliver Bacon.

The Pioneers answered with a three-goal run of their own to tie the game at 4-4 with 11:53 remaining in the second quarter. With 4:09 remaining in the first period, Matthew Robideau took a pass from Kevin Walker and scored to cut the deficit to 4-2. Robideau's goal was followed by a Tony Tanzi tally with 58 seconds remaining before Adams opened the second quarter scoring with his second goal of the game.

With 7:53 left in the period, the Tigers took a 5-4 lead when midfielder Todd MacMullan scored his 11th goal of the season off a Williams feed. Bacon tallied his ninth goal just 33 seconds later to give Towson a two-goal cushion.

The Pioneers cut the deficit to 7-6 by scoring two of the next three goals to end the first half with a slim 7-6 deficit.

"I screamed my head off at half-time," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said of the Tigers' first-half performance. "Our heads were somewhere else. It's hard to get up for every single game and I am not sure we were up for this one. In the second half, however, we played like we can play."

Engelke and junior Kyle Fiat scored back-to-back goals to start the third quarter, giving the Tigers a 9-6 margin. The two goals ignited a 9-2 spurt for the Tigers over the next 18 minutes, giving Towson a 16-8 lead it would not relinquish. Engelke scored twice in the run, while freshman Steve Jacobs recorded the first goal of his college career.

Engelke was one of six Tigers to score multiple goals. Williams recorded a career-high five points with two goals and three assists, while Obloj scored twice to go with two assists.
Adams and Robideau led the Pioneers with three goals each in a losing effort.

Senior goalkeeper Reed Sothoron made 14 saves in 56 minutes for the Tigers before freshman Matt Antol finished the game by not allowing a goal in the final four minutes. Sacred Heart goalkeeper Thomas Hind stopped six shots for the Pioneers in 47 minutes.

The Tigers, who began a three-game homestand with the win over the Pioneers, return to action next Saturday night when they host Hofstra University in a rematch of last year's CAA semifinal, which ended in a 6-5 Tiger victory. Opening face-off at Unitas Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.