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TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University (3-2) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.
“These kids did a great job today,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “Travis Love made some big saves for us when we needed them and Matt Hughes put the ball in the goal. I am very proud of this team and what they did today.”
After senior midfielder Timmy Trenkle gave the Seawolves a quick 1-0 lead just 62 seconds into the game, the Tigers answered by scoring back-to-back goals from Hughes and junior attackman Sean Maguire to take a 2-1 lead with 7:52 left in the first quarter.
Trenkle and senior midfielder Kevin Crowley regained the Seawolves’ advantage when they scored a pair of unassisted goals, giving Stony Brook a 3-2 lead with 2:20 remaining in the period.
But, the Tigers held Stony Brook scoreless for the next 17 minutes, 14 seconds while scoring six unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The Tigers had six different players score a goal during the run, including senior attackman Tim Stratton, who scored his first goal of the season with 13:19 left in the second quarter.
Junior midfielder Robbie Campbell scored a pair of goals off feeds from Crowley in the final 13 seconds of the first half, narrowing the Seawolves’ deficit to 8-5 at the intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 9-5 when Hughes took a pass from freshman Andrew Hodgson and scored his third goal of the game with 9:50 left in regulation.
Over the final nine minutes, the Seawolves scored three times to trim the deficit to 9-8. With 8:27 left, senior attackman Jordan McBride scored off a feed from senior attackman Tom Compitello to close the gap to 9-6.
Just over three minutes later, Trenkle scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Campbell for a 9-7 margin.
With 12 seconds left, Crowley cut the deficit to 9-8 when he tallied his second goal of the game after getting a pass from McBride. The Seawolves won the ensuing face-off, but were unable to get a shot as the final horn sounded.
While Hughes led the Tigers with his three-goal effort, Maguire added a pair of goals with an assist for Towson, which outshot Stony Brook by a 29-27 margin.
Crowley scored two goals with three assists for the Seawolves while Trenkle added his second career “hat trick” with three goals. Senior midfielder Adam Rand won 13 of 21 face-offs for the Seawolves, who had won their last three games after a season-opening overtime loss against Virginia.
The Tigers, who played their third game in an eight-day span, will open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule next Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Delaware for a 1 p.m. game against the defending CAA champion Blue Hens. Meanwhile, the Seawolves open a three-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against Cornell at 7 p.m.
“This has been a tough week for us,” Coach Seaman added. “We played Maryland last Saturday, faced Navy on Tuesday night and then, had to play a very good Stony Brook team today. There is nothing easy about it, but the reason we do it is to get us ready for our conference, which starts next week.”