Rutgers Topples Towson 10-9 in OT

Rutgers Topples Towson 10-9 in OT

Rutgers Topples Towson 10-9 in OT

Rutgers Topples Towson 10-9 in OT

TOWSON, Md. - - Junior attackman Delby Powless scored 56 seconds into the overtime period to give Rutgers University a 10-9 victory over Towson University Sunday afternoon in Towson Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

The Scarlet Knights never trailed in the game. After the Tigers knotted the score at 1-1 Rutgers went on a 5-1 run which helped the Scarlet Knights to a 6-3 lead at halftime. Powless gave Rutgers a 9-4 lead with 8:20 left in the third period before a Towson rally resulted in a 9-9 deadlock at the end of regulation.

Two Ryan Obloj goals within a minute tied the score at 9-9 with 4:22 left in the fourth period. From there the Tigers sprayed six shots at the Rutgers net with Scarlet Knight freshman goalkeeper Greg Havalchak stopping two of them and two more hitting the posts. Rutgers got off one shot that was snuffed by Towson keeper Reed Sothoron with 39 seconds left. Towson's Hunter Lochte missed wide on a final shot with five seconds left but the Tigers had forced the overtime.

Rutgers' John Flanagan won the draw to start the overtime. After a timeout midfielder Ken Springer found Powless in the middle. Powless underhanded a rocket passed Sothoron from 12 yards out that ended the contest.

Towson did everything to win the game but score more goals. The Tigers outshot Rutgers 65-28 but Havalchak sparkled in the goal, making 20 saves to time and again turn back Towson's onslaught.

The Tigers also had overwhelming control at midfield with Ben DeFelice and Zak Smith combining to win 18 of 22 faceoffs. DeFelice won 15 of his 18 draws.

Powless and Springer paced Rutgers with 3 goals each. Junior attackman Matthew Apel chipped in one goal and four assists. Towson was led by Obloj with three goals and two assists. Lochte added three markers and had one assist. Towson's Sothoron finished the day with 7 saves.

The Tigers are back in action again when they host Sacred Heart next Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at 1:00 p.m. in Towson Stadium. Rutgers hosts Manhattan on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

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I dont understand
    by (#44175) on 2/23/03 @5:49PM
A few years ago Towson is a respectable powerhouse and now they are losing to Rutgers??
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    by (#43092) on 2/23/03 @7:58PM
He actually had 4 goals(1g was credited to kyle Ruebling). Powless had a good world games for the Iroquois, could be a guy to lookout for.
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when was this
    by (#38595) on 2/25/03 @1:36PM
towson makes a great run during the middle of the year and make it to the final four and all of a sudden were a respectable powerhouse. who the hell are you kidding. UMBC was a powerhouse too!?*!!*
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Towson defense
    by (#2808) on 3/04/03 @6:04PM
Their d is poor - their one good run featured slick scoring on the breaks. Cocci is a farce at longstick. His AA status is all about points and nothing about defense.
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    by (#41662) on 4/03/03 @10:04PM
Hindsight is of course 20/20, but a loss to Rutgers isn't all that bad now, huh? And Towson has righted their ship. Might end up being an interesting 1st round tournament game?
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    by (#7140) on 2/23/03 @11:58PM
the knights are redankulous
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    by (#44837) on 2/25/03 @9:13AM
In all seriousness, Do not get too big for you brtiches, Rutgers won a early season game against a team who barely has been outside. I can assure you that Towson will heat up as the season goes on...Example, Middlebury, the past three years. Congrats to Rutgers, but you did win a national championship or anything.
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john hunt
    by (#38495) on 2/27/03 @3:23PM
Where is the goalie John Hunt for Towson that was splitting time last year with Reed S.

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