Last year, the Towson Tigers came out and showed the Terps that they can play by beating them in the playoffs. The Terps came out today looking to get even and they did so with a controlling 15-10 win over the tigers at Byrd stadium. Many felt that Towson’s offense was going to be too much for the tough Maryland defense, however it was quite the opposite when the final whistle blew. The Terps offense out shot the Tigers 61- 28, with the Lamonica brothers out shooting Towson on their own, before the rain soaked crowd of 2,647.
Both teams were playing evenly matched at the start of the first quarter, with both goalies, Danny McCormick and John Hunt, keeping the game at zero with point blank saves. Maryland defenseman Lee Zink also did his part for the Terps keeping the Tigers Kyle Campbell in check.
However, the Tigers scored the opening goal at 5:13 in the first on a goal by Brian Myers in which he split McCormick off stick side. This would however, be Towson’s only lead of the day. On the following possession D- man Mike Howley stripped the Tiger’s Ryan Obloj and immediately pushed it up field to Mike Mollot. Mollot scored unassisted putting one of his five on the day by the Tiger’s John Hunt, ending the first quarter in a 1-1 tie.
With the second quarter came the rain and the goals. 36 seconds in, the Terp’s Nate Watkins went in unassisted and put the Terps up 2-1. The quarter went goal for goal until the Terps scored three in a row, giving the Terps an 8-6 lead at the beginning of the third.
The nail in the coffin came after a crushing hit by the Terps Nate Watkins in the Tiger’s defensive end. Watkins lined up defenseman Dan Cocchi at about the restraining line, and put him to the dirt. Cocchi, thinking it was a just retaliation, swung his stick while lying on the ground connecting with Watkins shins. The flags flew and the Tiger’s forgot to cover Dan Lamonica as he found the back of the net off a Mollot feed.
This was the beginning of a run by the terps that put them up 14-8 with goals coming from Mike and Dan Lamonica, Craig Hochstadt, and Mike Mollot (game leading and career high 5g and 2a.) Even the potent Tiger’s offense could not make it back from such a deficit, and the Terps sent Towson packing with a 15-10 loss.
|Mike Mollot||(5, 2)|
|Dan Lamonica||(3, 3)|
|Mike Lamonica||(3, 0)|
|Ryan Moran||(0, 2)|
|Nate Watkins||(2, 0)|
|Alex Poole||(0, 1)|
|Mike Morsell||(0, 1)|
|Craig Hochstadt||(1, 0)|
|Jr Bordley||(1, 0)|
|Dan Mccormick||8 (0.444)|