Towson vs. Umbc
April 27, 2004
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - - Freshman attackman Jonathan Engelke scored a game-high four goals to lead Towson University (9-3) to its eighth straight win, a 13-8 non-conference victory over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (5-7) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The leading scorer in the Colonial Athletic Association, Engelke ended a two-game scoring drought with the four-goal explosion in the win over UMBC. He has 30 goals with five assists in the Tigers^ 12 games so far this season.

Engelke teamed up with fellow rookie Bobby Griebe to give the Tigers a quick 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the first quarter. A pair of goals by junior midfielder Rob Cross tied the game at 2-2 with 4:41 left in the opening stanza.

Towson responded with a 3-0 run that spanned nearly five minutes to reclaim the lead at 5-2 with 12:46 left in the first half. The visiting Retrievers narrowed their deficit to 5-4 with 4:20 left in the opening half with goals from sophomores James Hyland and Brendan Mundorf. Engelke ended the first half scoring with his second tally of the game off a feed from Kenny Lynch with 43 seconds remaining.

After Cross tallied his third goal of the contest at the 11:07 mark of the third quarter, Towson put the game out of reach with a 4-0 run that featured four different goal scorers for host Towson. Junior attackman Phil Grillo initiated the spurt with an extra-man tally off a Griebe feed at the 9:39 mark of the period. Junior midfielder Casey Cittadino assisted on the Tigers^ next two goals, a goal by senior midfielder Drew Pfarr with 8:10 left and Engelke^s third goal of the game with 5:55 remaining in the period, upping the Towson lead to 9-5. Early in the fourth quarter, senior midfielder Matt Florio scored off a Brian Myers pass less than three minutes into the period to give the Tigers a commanding 10-5 cushion.

Jerry Solazzo and Drew Westervelt countered with back-to-back goals for the Retrievers, cutting the margin to 10-7 with 5:37 left before the Tigers added a final 3-0 run to take a 13-7 lead with three minutes left in regulation. Westervelt added his second goal with 2:18 left in the game, but Towson ran out the clock to secure its eighth straight victory.

Senior midfielder Ben DeFelice continued his domination at the face-off ^X^ for the Tigers. Ranked second in the nation in face-off percentage, the senior won 18 of 25 draws in the game and also recorded his 100th ground ball of the season in the victory. With 13 loose balls in the game, DeFelice now has 101 ground balls in 12 games.

Junior Reed Sothoron collected the win in goal for Towson by making eight saves, while junior Kevin Cepelak made 16 saves in a loss for the Retrievers.

The 11th-ranked Tigers make the short trip down Charles Street on Saturday afternoon to face top-ranked Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field at 3:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WMAR-TV ABC 2.