April 7, 2010

Stratton Lifts Towson to Second Straight Win

from press release

TOWSON, Md. -- Junior attackman Tim Stratton scored a season-high three goals and added an assist to lead the Tigers (3-5) to their second straight win, a 10-7 non-conference victory over UMBC (1-7) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers also snapped a three-game losing streak against the Retrievers and improved to 27-14 all-time against their local rivals.

"This was a great win for us, especially since we had not beaten UMBC in three years," Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. "I thought our defense played well again tonight and Travis (Love) was terrific in the goal for us. We have won two in a row, but now, we have a huge game against UMass on Saturday."

Led by a goal and an assist from Stratton, the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Retrievers in the opening ten minutes of the first quarter. However, sophomore attackman Shane Ryznar responded for the Retrievers by scoring back-to-back goals in a 74-second span to narrow the deficit to 3-2.

The Tigers extended their advantage to 5-2 with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter on a pair of goals from senior midfielder Will Harrington and freshman attackman Matt Hughes. But, freshman attackman Scott Jones scored an extra-man goal with 7:12 left in the stanza, cutting the UMBC deficit to 5-3.

After the teams traded goals in the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Tigers upped their advantage to 8-4 with 6:50 remaining in the period. Sophomore attackman Matt Lamon scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a 7-4 edge before junior midfielder Pat Britton scored his sixth goal of the year off an assist from Harrington.

But, the Retrievers responded by scoring three straight goals to close the margin to 8-7 with 8:51 left in the fourth quarter. Senior midfielder Kyle Wimer scored two goals during the spurt while freshman midfielder Nick Doub added the first goal of his college career off an assist from freshman attackman Joe Lustgarten.

But, Stratton secured the victory for the Tigers by scoring back-to-back goals for a three-goal advantage with 2:36 remaining.

While Stratton led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, Harrington contributed a goal with two assists. Junior goalkeeper Travis Love made 11 saves for the Tigers, including seven in the second half.

Wimer scored two goals with two assists to lead the Retrievers in a losing effort while Ryznar contributed two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Adam Cohen made a season-high 12 saves for UMBC, which was outshot by a 37-27 margin. Cohen had eight of his 12 saves in the first half.

The Tigers will return to their Colonial Athletic Association schedule on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. game against the seventh-ranked Minutemen. Meanwhile, UMBC will travel to Binghamton on Saturday to face the Bearcats at 7 p.m.

College Men's Lacrosse: Towson University 10, UMBC 7
UMBC (1-7)  2-1-3-1 / 7
Towson (3-5)  3-2-3-2 / 10

Goals: UMBC - Kyle Wimer 2, Shane Ryznar 2, Matt Latham 1, Scott Jones 1, Nick Doub 1; TOW - Tim Stratton 3, Pat Britton 2, Will Harrington 1, Christian Pastirik 1, Matt Hughes 1, Matt Lamon 1, Kevin Lalley 1. Assists: UMBC - Joe Lustgarten 2, Kyle Wimer 2; TOW - Will Harrington 2, Brock Armour 1, Christian Pastirik 1, Tim Stratton 1. Saves: UMBC - Adam Cohen 12 (60:00, 10 goals allowed); TOW - Travis Love 11 (60:00, 7 goals allowed). Shots: UMBC - 27; TOW - 37. Extra-Man Opportunities: UMBC - 2 for 4; TOW - 2 for 3. Attendance: 2,850.

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers have won three of their last four home games ... They are 3-2 at Unitas Stadium this season ... In addition, they are 6-6 at home since the start of last season.
- Ryznar's goal with 1:42 left in the quarter ended a scoreless streak of 42 minutes, 17 seconds by the Tigers' opponents ... The Tigers held Delaware without a goal for the final 28:59 en route to a 9-7 victory on Saturday.
- The Tigers improved to 3-3 this season when scoring first ... It also marked the first time this season they led after the first quarter.
- The Tigers have now held their opponents to just seven goals in each of the last three games.
- After being limited to three extra-man goals in 23 opportunities from Mar. 13 to Mar. 27, the Tigers have converted five of their last eight extra-man chances ... They were 2 for 3 with the extra-man advantage against the Retrievers on Wednesday night.
- Harrington recorded the 13th multi-point game of his career ... It also marked the first time he has posted a multi-assist game in his college career.
- Harrington and graduate student Christian Pastirik have scored a goal in each of the Tigers' eight games this season.
- Stratton posted the 25th multi-point game of his career on Wednesday night ... He also had a season-high four points in the win over UMBC.
- Britton tallied his sixth career multi-goal game on Wednesday ... It was his seventh career multi-point effort.
- All of Britton's eight points this season have come in the second half ... In addition, five of his six goals have been scored in the third quarter.
- Since becoming the Tigers' goalkeeper prior to their win over Navy, Love has made 66 saves and posted a .595 save percentage ... He has made at least ten saves in each of his five starts.
- The Retrievers were limited to seven goals or less for the fifth time this season.
- Jones and Doub each scored the first goal of their college careers for the Retrievers on Wednesday ... In addition, Lustgarten tallied the first points of his career with two assists.


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