TOWSON, Md. - Senior attackman Phil Grillo scored on a pass from
senior midfielder Oliver Bacon with 1:02 left to play to break a 10-10
tie as Towson opened its 48th season of lacrosse with an 11-10 victory
over local rival Loyola College in Johnny Unitas Stadium Saturday
The Tigers presented head coach Tony Seaman with his 225th career
victory in holding off a Greyhound rally that erased a 10-6 Towson
lead early in the fourth quarter. The loss spoiled the college
coaching debut of Greyhound skipper Charley Toomey.
It was the 18th one-goal finish in this series that the Tigers now
Towson scored 46 seconds into the contest when junior attackman Bobby
Griebe tallied on a feed from junior midfielder Keith Obloj. Loyola's
Jordan Rabidou, who dominated the faceoff circle by winning 15 of 17
draws, answered to knot the score at 1-1.
From there Towson went on a 4-0 run for a 6-2 lead in a wild third
quarter. After Loyola goals by Patrick Kennedy and Dan Bauers, the
Tigers went on another tear that resulted in a 10-6 Towson lead early
in the fourth quarter.
Loyola refused to buckle and mounted its best attack of the game by
scoring four unanswered goals within two minutes and 58 seconds. Greg
Leonard's unassisted marker with 9:56 remaining tied it at 10-10.
For the next eight minutes each team traded opportunities but wide
shots and a few key goalie stops took it down to the final minute.
After Brian Vetter's shot missed high Bacon got the ball in the corner
and passed 20 yards to Grillo on the crease for the game winner.
Grillo shared scoring honors with Bacon as each scored a career high 3
goals. Matt Eckerl had a tough day on the faceoff but did score twice
immediately after digging out the draw.
Towson hasn't settled on a number one goalie yet to replace four-year
starter Reed Sothoron. Sophomore Matt Antol started the game and then
gave way to freshman Charlie Paar. But after Loyola tagged Paar for 4
third quarter goals, Antol was inserted back into the contest for the
entire fourth quarter. Antol recorded 9 saves while allowing 6 goals.
Paar had 4 stops while allowing 4 goals.
Bauers paced the Greyhounds with 3 goals and 2 assists. Ryan Rabidou,
Jordan's twin brother, chipped in 2 goals along with Kennedy.
Loyola senior goalkeeper Michael Fretwell made 12 saves in going the
Towson is back in action again next Saturday when the Tigers host
Binghamton at noon in Unitas Stadium. The Greyhounds travel to Penn
State next week.