Towson beats Hopkins… that’s not a men’s lacrosse headline many people were expecting to read, but last night it happened at Towson. Now Towson joins the list of D1 lacrosse teams to successfully pull off a major upset early on in the season.
After Hopkins dominated UMBC, I moved them up in my poll, but with this result I’m left in a confused state. I didn’t think Towson was going to be that much better than UMBC, but clearly I was wrong. Huge win for the Towson Tigers last night!
Towson Beats Hopkins Video
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Hopkins started out in strong fashion, going up 3-1 early in the game. The teams traded goals to start, and then Hopkins score two quick goals in under a minute, one from Wells Stanwick and one from Ryan Brown, to take that 3-1 lead. While the game may have looked like many thought it would at that early point, things were about to change.
Towson pulled a Hopkins and scored two goals in under a minute to draw even at three goals apiece. Andrew Hodgson and Greg Cuccinello both scored goals assisted by Ryan Drenner in this quick run. Hodgson would score another goal with 1 second left in the first half to put Towson up 4-3 heading into the break.
Both teams got some chances in the third quarter, but Towson was able to consistently turn away good offensive sets by the Blue Jays, and their goalie, Tyler White, made some fantastic saves. Joe Seider and Mike Lynch goals pushed the Tigers’ lead to 6-3. Shack Stanwick assisted another Ryan Brown goal to cut the lead to 6-4 before the end of the third quarter, and a Hopkins comeback still looked possible.
Seider scored another goal (this was assisted by Drenner, for his third of the game) to push the lead to 7-4. Hopkins only managed one more goal in the game (scored in the last minute of play) and Towson did a great job of controlling the possessions during the 4th quarter, to limit the Hop opportunities.
This was Towson’s first win in 20 tries against Hopkins, and it breaks a losing streak that went back well over a decade. Where will Hopkins end up in the next poll? What about Towson? This game creates a lot more questions than it answers, and it’s still early, but this is about as interesting of a result as we could hope for!