From the Towson Press Release
TOWSON, Md. – All season long, the Tiger defense has been challenged with the task of facing some of the best opposing offenses in the nation. Saturday afternoon’s game against eighth-ranked Maryland was no exception.
But, just like in their first three games, the Tigers rose to the occasion and held the Terrapins to a season-low eight goals and 21 shots at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
However, the Towson offense was limited to just four goals and the Tigers were handed their third loss in four games, an 8-4 setback against their in-state rivals in the 33rd all-time meeting.
Senior attackman Travis Reed matched his season high by recording four points as eighth-ranked Maryland (4-1) posted their 10th straight victory over Towson. Maryland now leads the all-time series by a 28-5 margin.
“We had some wonderful opportunities today and hitting the pipes six times really hurt us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “We didn’t put the ball in the goal today. We let Maryland do everything we had been fearful of in the second quarter and that was a big difference.”
After the teams traded goals in the opening nine minutes of the first quarter, Reed scored back-to-back goals to give Maryland a 3-1 lead with 2:28 remaining in the stanza.
But, the Terrapins responded by scoring three goals in the second quarter for a 6-2 advantage. With 8:59 remaining, senior midfielder Brian Farrell scored in transition to give Maryland a 4-2 edge. Then, junior midfielder Joe Cummings upped the Terrapin lead to 5-2 with his eighth goal of the season, an unassisted marker past senior goalkeeper Travis Love.
Less than two minutes later, sophomore midfielder John Haus scored off a Reed assist to extend the cushion to 6-2.
Trailing by four goals to start the second half, the Tigers scored twice in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 6-4. With 10:49 left, junior midfielder John Lamon scored off a feed from senior attackman Tim Stratton. Then, Britton followed with his fourth goal of the year after receiving a pass from freshman midfielder Andrew Hodgson with 3:52 remaining in the period for a two-goal margin.
But, with 3:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Terrapins snapped a nearly 32-minute scoring drought when senior attackman Ryan Young scored off a pass from senior midfielder Scott LaRue, giving Maryland a 7-4 edge.
The Terrapins added an insurance goal with 1:33 remaining when junior midfielder Drew Snider scored his sixth goal of the season.
While Reed led the Terrapins with two goals and two assists, Haus contributed a goal with an assist. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Niko Amato made eight saves for the Terrapins, who were outshot by a 38-21 margin.
Hodgson and Britton each scored a goal with an assist while Love made four saves, including three in the second half.
The Tigers, who have played three of their first four games at home, will travel to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Midshipmen. Meanwhile, the Terrapins begin a three-game homestand on Friday night when they host UMBC for an 8 p.m. game against the Retrievers