March 19, 2010

Towson Takes on Top-Ranked Virginia

from press release

TOWSON, Md.
 - After earning its first victory of the season on Tuesday night, the Towson University men's lacrosse team will finish its quick two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon by hosting top-ranked Virginia at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 12 noon.

The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU nationally and on WMAR-TV in the Baltimore area. Scott Garceau will handle the play-by-play duties while Mark Dixon will serve as the color analyst.

Now 1-3 on the season, the Tigers edged Navy by a 10-9 margin at Unitas Stadium on Tuesday evening. Graduate student midfielder Christian Pastirik (St. Mary's H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak.

Pastirik scored three goals in the victory on Tuesday night for the first "hat trick" of his college career while junior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.) added three goals for the Tigers, who were playing Navy for the first time since 1997.

Pastirik leads the Tigers with eight goals and five assists while senior midfielder Will Harrington (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) has scored ten goals with an assist, including five extra-man goals, which leads the Colonial Athletic Association.

Junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mills H.S./Westminster, Md.) is expected to make his second straight start against the Cavaliers on Sunday. He made a career-high 14 saves against Navy on Tuesday night and has stopped 59.1 per cent of the shots he has faced this season.

Off to a 7-0 start, the Cavaliers are coming off an 18-7 victory over Vermont on Tuesday night at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers have outscored their opponents by a 100-50 margin this season and have held six of their opponents under ten goals.

Senior midfielder Brian Carroll (Gilman School/Towson, Md.) matched a career high by scoring five goals in the victory on Tuesday while sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet (John Jay H.S./South Salem, N.Y.) added four goals for the Cavaliers, who outshot the Catamounts by a 55-32 margin.

Bocklet is the Cavaliers' leading scorer with 21 goals and seven assists while sophomore attackman Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Baltimore, Md.) has contributed 10 goals with a team-high 16 assists. Junior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman (Cold Spring Harbor H.S./Syosset, N.Y.) has posted a 7.09 goals against average with a .562 save percentage.

The Tigers and the Cavaliers will be meeting for the 16th time in the series, which Virginia leads by a 12-4 margin. Virginia has won nine straight games over the Tigers after last year's 11-2 victory. The Cavaliers used a 7-0 run spanning the second, third and fourth quarters to beat the Tigers.

After Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, the Tigers will travel to Loyola University Maryland on March 27 for a 12 noon game against the Greyhounds at the Ridley Intercollegiate Athletic Complex.

TIGER TIDBITS: The Tigers will be facing the nation's top-ranked team for the 22nd time in the team's 52-year history...Towson's last victory over a top-ranked opponent came on April 4, 1992 against Loyola at Minnegan Stadium.

The Tigers snapped a 12-game losing streak against in-state opponents on Tuesday night...Prior to Tuesday night's win, the Tigers last victory over an in-state foe came against Loyola on February 26, 2007.

After starting the season by converting five of eight extra-man opportunities, the Tigers have struggled with the extra man. They have converted just 2 of their last 13 chances.

The Tigers have been called for just 14 penalties in their first four games, which are the fewest in the CAA. In addition, their 12.0 penalty minutes are the fewest in the CAA.

The Tigers will hold a ceremony at half-time of Sunday's game to honor former Towson midfielder Drew Pfarr, who passed away over the summer...A 2005 Towson graduate, Pfarr played in 56 career games from 2001 to 2004 and helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Tournament three times.


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