TOWSON, Md. - - Senior attackman Ryan Obloj (Farmingdale
H.S./Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored three goals and added two assists as top-seeded
Towson University (8-5) jumped out to a 5-1 first quarter lead en route to a
16-11 victory over second-seeded Hofstra University (11-5) in the first annual
Colonial Athletic Association Championship game at Minnegan Field at Towson
Stadium on Saturday night.
With the victory, the Tigers earn the CAA^Òs automatic berth to the
NCAA Division I Championship Tournament. The 16-team tournament field will be
announced on Sunday evening. Hofstra, which came into the CAA Championship Game
with a six-game winning streak and a number seven national ranking, is a strong
contender for an at-large berth.
This will be Towson^Òs seventh trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Towson, the CAA regular season champion and a 15-8 winner over Hofstra
last month, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game.
Just 1:17 into the game, junior midfielder Alex Fountain (Fayetteville-Manlius
H.S./Fayetteville, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a 1-0 lead.
Junior midfielder Drew Pfarr (St. Mary^Òs H.S./Severna Park, Md.) added an
unassisted goal with 12:10 left in the first quarter to put the Tigers ahead,
2-0. Senior Hunter Lochte (Boys Latin H.S./Baltimore, Md.) scored off a rebound
with 11:41 left in the quarter for a 3-0 lead. A goal by junior Brian Myers
(Orchard Park H.S./Orchard Park, N.Y.) with 6:44 left made it a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers never trailed in the game.
Hofstra got on the scoreboard with 4:58 left in the opening quarter
when senior Jim Femminella (Bethpage H.S./Plainview, N.Y.) scored an extra man
goal off a pass from senior Joe Kostolansky (Corning East H.S./Corning, N.Y.)
to cut the lead to 4-1. With 2:08 left in the period, junior midfielder Matt
Florio (Bethpage H.S./Bethpage, N.Y.) gave Towson a 5-1 lead with an unassisted
Femminella^Òs unassisted goal just 1:56 into the second quarter brought
Hofstra within 5-2 before senior Todd Spear (Friends School/Towson, Md.)
tallied an unassisted goal to put the Tigers ahead, 6-2. He was the sixth
different Tiger to score a goal.
Hofstra rallied to pull within 6-4 midway through the second quarter.
An extra man goal by freshman Tim Treubig (Farmingdale H.S./Farmingdale, N.Y.)
and Kostolansky^Òs unassisted goal with 8:55 left cut the margin to 6-4.
However, the Pride would never get any closer the rest of the way.
Towson answered the Hofstra rally by scoring three consecutive goals to up its
lead to 9-4. An extra man goal by Obloj and Pfarr^Òs second goal of the game
made it an 8-4 lead. With 1:05 left in the half, Fountain scored his second
goal to put the Tigers ahead, 9-4.
The Pride came back with a goal by freshman Chris Unterstein (Shoreham
Wading River H.S./Shoreham, N.Y.) to make it a 9-5 game with just 31 seconds
left in the half. After Hofstra won the ensuing faceoff, senior defenseman Neil
Adams (Archbishop Spalding H.S./Severna Park, Md.) forced a turnover which set
up a fast break goal by Spear off a pass from Obloj, giving Towson a 10-5 lead
with 13 seconds left in the half.
In the first 16 seconds of the second half, the Tigers scored twice to
take a 12-5 lead. Junior Ben DeFelice (Towson H.S./Towson, Md.) won the opening
faceoff and raced down to score a goal just ten seconds into the second half.
Hofstra was called for a penalty on the play and six seconds later, senior Brad
Monaco (Orchard Park H.S./West Seneca, N.Y.) scored an extra man goal off a
pass from Obloj to give Towson its biggest lead of the game.
After the Pride scored three consecutive goals to make it a 12-8 game,
Lochte scored an extra man goal to give the Tigers a 13-8 lead with 8:45
remaining in the third quarter. A pair of goals by Obloj in the third quarter
helped the Tigers take a 15-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers dominated play in the fourth quarter and ran time off the
clock as they allowed just one goal in the fourth quarter, a goal by senior
Bryan Walker (Hicksville H.S./Hicksville, N.Y.) with 6:06 left in the game.
Pfarr^Òs third goal of the game with 2:50 left in the game closed out the
Senior defenseman Adam Baxter (Severna Park H.S./Severna Park, Md.) of
Towson was named as the CAA Tournament^Òs Most Valuable Player as he led a
Tiger defensive effort that helped the Tigers outshoot Hofstra, 52-30. Towson
also forced 25 turnovers by Hofstra and had a 55-44 edge on ground balls.
Obloj and Pfarr, who each scored three goals to lead Towson, were also
named to the all-tournament team. Lochte added two goals and an assist while
Fountain and Spear each scored twice.
Senior Danny Cocchi (Hicksville H.S./Hicksville, N.Y.) also made the
all-tournament team, along with DeFelice.
Kostolansky led Hofstra with two goals and two assists while freshman
John Keysor (Ward Melville H.S./Setauket, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist.
The CAA championship was the Tigers^Ò first in any sport since joining
the league last year.
2003 Colonial Athletic Association Men^Òs Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Drew Pfarr Midfield Towson University
Ryan Obloj Attack Towson University
Ben DeFelice Midfield/Faceoff Towson University
Danny Cocchi Defense Towson University
Joe Kostolansky Attack Hofstra University
Brian Zuchelli Defense Hofstra University
Bryan Walker Midfield Hofstra University
Owen Corso Defense Villanova University
Brian Marks Attack Villanova University
Ryan Harney Goalkeeper Drexel University
Patrick Friel Midfielder Drexel University
Most Valuable Player Adam Baxter-Defense Towson University
Towson vs. Hofstra
|Joe Kostolansky||(2, 2)|
|John Keysor||(2, 1)|
|Ryan Lucas||(2, 0)|
|Jim Femminella||(2, 0)|
|Jeremy Kyrkostas||(0, 1)|
|Ryan O'donnell||(0, 1)|
|Mike Morrison||(0, 1)|
|Bryan Walker||(1, 0)|
|Chris Unterstein||(1, 0)|
|Tim Treubig||(1, 0)|
|Ryan Vilar||(0, 1)|