Towson vs. Villanova
May 4, 2005
The Game Story:
TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore attackman Bobby Griebe scored two goals, including the eventual game-winner early in the fourth quarter, to lead the Tigers (10-4) to its third straight berth in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game with a 5-4 victory over Villanova University (7-8) in a CAA semifinal contest at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

"At first, I thought 'Oh God! It was going to be one of those nights,'" Tiger Coach Tony Seaman said. "And it was, but I thought every one of our guys played well tonight."

Towson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 8:30 of the game as junior attackman Steve Mull and sophomore Todd MacMullan scored unassisted goals past Villanova junior Joseph Canuso.

Villanova tied the game at 2-2 with two consecutive goals to end the first half. With 3:27 left in the first quarter, junior Matt Starker scored an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to 2-1. With 4:48 remaining before half-time, freshman attackman Tim Atkins evened the score at 2-2 when he took a feed from Mike Haas and scored past Towson senior goalkeeper Reed Sothoron.

Griebe gave the Tigers a 3-2 advantage just 57 seconds into the third quarter when he scored off a feed from sophomore Oliver Bacon before Starker tied the game at 3-3 by taking a pass from Chris Kramer and scoring his 25th goal of the season.

With 8:03 remaining in the third quarter, the Tigers regained the lead at 4-3 when sophomore Jonathan Engelke scored off a pass from sophomore Keith Obloj. Griebe gave the Tigers a two-goal advantage less than a minute into the final stanza by scoring his second goal of the game off a Bacon assist, giving Towson a 5-3 lead it would not relinquish.

Freshman Chris MacDonald scored with 4:33 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the Wildcat deficit to 5-4, but the Tigers were able to hold on for their sixth win in the last seven games.

Griebe was the lone Tiger to score multiple goals while Bacon recorded a pair of assists. Starker led the Wildcats in the loss with two goals and one assist.

Sothoron made 13 saves for the Tigers, including seven in the first 15 minutes of play.

The five goals scored by Towson were the fewest scored in a Tiger win since the 1985 season, when the Tigers handed Delaware a 5-3 loss at Minnegan Stadium. The four goals allowed by the Tigers were the fewest scored by an opponent this season.

"I just told all of our offensive guys that they should go into the locker room and hug every defensive guy and say thank you," Seaman said. "The reason we're going to Delaware Saturday night is because of those guys."

The Tigers advance to Saturday's CAA final against the University of Delaware, which beat Hofstra by an 8-5 margin in the other semifinal on Wednesday night. The game will be played at Rullo Stadium on the University of Delaware campus on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.