Tigers Slay Knights in Fourth Quarter for 7-4 Upset

Tigers Slay Knights in Fourth Quarter for 7-4 Upset

Tigers Slay Knights in Fourth Quarter for 7-4 Upset

Tigers Slay Knights in Fourth Quarter for 7-4 Upset

Unranked Towson State (1-3) upset tenth ranked Rutgers (4-1),7-4 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway. Coming off a loss to Virginia last week in overtime 8-9, the Tigers took advantage of turnovers in the fourth quarter for their second win of the season. Rutgers led by Matt Apel with 2 goals, held the Tigers to 3 goals late into the third quarter when freshman attackman Jonathan Engelke connected for one of his two goals with 3 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Tigers controlled the tempo of the final quarter winning the majority of the face offs, possession of the ball on attack and fierce rides on defense.

The matchup between the Tigers and the Scarlet Knights, was very tight, both teams played very strong defense; making it hard for either team's offense to establish any rhythm. The first goal was scored at the 12:39 mark by Matt Apel, assisted by Powless. Delby came strong lefty from X and found Apel open in the hole after a slow, one slide leavind Matt enough time to rip one overhand low past the Towson Keeper. Despite only one goal being scored in the first quarter, it was clear that turnovers would play a huge role in the game. Both teams had trouble connecting, Rutgers was able to move the ball but was unable to get to many cutters open. The Tigers ran their offense mostly from up top by their midfielders going one on one and then looking for the draw and dump. The Towson attack had many opportunies, but found themselves shanking shots high over the cage, or telegraphing their shots for any easy Havalchak save.

Senior Tim White of RU kicked of the scoring with a tally at 12:21 off an assist from Junior Jamie Lovejoy, cranking one lefty to the keepers off-hip after moving off the pipe. Towson was able to tag two goals on to keep it interesting and tie up the game. The first goal came from Bobby Griebe (Redshirted frosh) who beat Havalchak topshelf at 4:26. Towson shortly tied up the contest at 3:24 when Peyton Chane drew his D man from the goal line extended and dumped to cutting Jonathan Engelke for his first goal of the game. As the half came to an end, Delby Powless was able to rip a side arm quickstick with 34 seconds remaining to the stickside upper 90 giving Rutgers a 4-3 lead into the Third quarter.

The Knights came into the third quarter manup and missed easy opportunity on an open cage off an interception by Leif Blomquist. Matt Apel was able to put one in the cage 2 minutes later off a rebound on the crease. The remainder of the quarter was highlighted with under 10 seconds remaining with Towson on an EMO. Working out of a 3/3 Towson was able to swing the ball around, skip a pass and and find an attackman on the crease one on one with Havalchak who stuffed the attacker going high. However, with three sec left in the third quarter, the Tigers were able to tie the game at 4 when Engelke drew the slide and found Tyler Tracy open 15 feet from the cage for an easy goal.

Towson owned the fourth quarter coming up with the face offs and maintaining possession of the ball on attack for the majority of the last 15 minutes and shutting down the fast paced Rutgers offense. The Tigers attack was able to tack on two goals and gain a 6-4 lead. Keith Obloj scored with a nasty move going to the cage. Coming down righty he rolled to the outside creating space between him and his defender and giving him enough time to snipe out the stickside upper 90. The Towson attack was getting better looks when they began inverting the middies and running “umbrella” which stacked the rest of the attack topside, who would cut to the ball when it crossed the goal line extended. The two goal lead came off a strong ride and a groundball turnover to Steve Mull who found Kyle Cunningham for the easy one with Havalchak out of position. The Tigers controlled the ensuing face off and held on to the ball as Rutgers had trouble clearing it to offense and maintaining the ball on offense. With two twenty eight remaining Rutgers put in freshman Daren Ohiokpehai to play the ball and checked the ball out of bounce for the change in possession. The Knights were unable to capitalized on the turnover, and Towson just looked to kill the clock on offense. Playing keep away until Alex Fountain got an open looked and put one to the back of the net for the final score of 7-4.

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4 to 10 to off the charts
    by (#1017) on 3/28/04 @9:14AM
Either they're getting cocky or they're not legit at all.
 
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Ease off a bit
    by (#41662) on 3/28/04 @2:37PM
They didn't exactly lose to the Sisters of the Poor. Virginia lost to two lesser teams than Rutgers has this year.
 
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    by (#7569) on 3/28/04 @12:22PM
About time, rutgers is over rated. They won't make it to the final four.
 
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Wait till next year?
    by (#71610) on 3/28/04 @8:58PM
I saw the Delaware and Quinipiac game what happened to those promising freshman? they looked good specially 26 on defense how come they are not playing where were they during the Towson game. They are still good enough to beat the likes of Manhattan tough games are coming up, Princeton, Syracuse and the rest of the big east. Defense played well for three quarters but I guess got tired because of poor offensive showing or good defense by Towson.
 
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    by (#19996) on 3/31/04 @12:02PM
No, they won't make it to the final four, but you shouldn't say they are over rated.
 
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RU was overrated
    by (#41662) on 3/31/04 @2:38PM
but only because teams like Hofstra, Towson and Virginia did not start the season well. That opened up some spots in the top 10 for teams that may not have been any good, just hadn't lost yet. But 4 goals against a Tony Seaman defense is pretty rough. WHo would have thought that Towson would only score 10+ goals once, yet allow only 10+ goals once?
 
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agreed
    by (#13195) on 3/31/04 @3:40PM
that's exactly why they were rated out of place. They are top 20, just not top 10. and yes, that is wierd that tony's tigers only scored 7 and won.

franzen is a wise man...
 
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TU
    by (#41662) on 3/31/04 @5:10PM
Hey Lax.com writers, not to be a dick, but it hasn't been Towson STATE since 1997. Officially Towson University since The fall of 1997.
 
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