February 22, 2014

DeNapoli, Cuccinello Lead Towson Past Georgetown

by Will Fairfax | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

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TOWSON, Md. – On Wednesday, Towson suffered an absolutely brutal 20-4 loss to 10th-ranked Loyola. On Saturday, the Tigers looked like an entirely different team.

Co-captains Thomas DeNapoli and Greg Cuccinello each scored two goals to lead Towson(2-2) to an 8-7 win over Georgetown (2-1) at Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers outscored the Hoyas 3-0 in the third quarter to provide the cushion they needed to withstand the Hoyas' late 3-1 run in the fourth quarter. DeNapoli had a six-point day, as he assisted on four of Towson's goals.

"I'm extremely proud our team for the way they came out in this game with great energy and great hustle from the start and carried that on throughout the entire game," Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said.

Down 2-1 with 12:02 left in the second quarter Towson sophomore Ben McCarty, who did not play against Loyola due to injury, made a nice spin move to beat his defender and score. Senior Max Siskind followed with his fifth goal of the season to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

Georgetown responded with two goals in five seconds. After freshman Devon Lewis scored to tie the game at 3, fellow freshman Peter Conley put the Hoyas ahead 4-3 with a goal off a faceoff fast break.

With six seconds left in the first half, junior Greg Cuccinello seized the momentum back for Towson, scoring a goal to tie the game at 4.

DeNapoli kept the momentum going in the third quarter, making a nice pass from behind the goal to a cutting Devin Grimaldi at the 13:43 mark. DeNapoli and Cuccinello added goals to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Freshman Eduardo White ended an 18-minute scoring drought for Georgetown in the fourth quarter, but DeNapoli responded to put Towson back up by three. Hoyas senior Jeff Fountain scored twice late to close within one before Towson held on late for the 8-7 victory.

"From the way our previous two games (both losses) leading into this one went, for our guys to rebound both mentally and physically and be able to come out and play the way they did, I think it shows a lot about our character and I'm excited to see where we go from here as a team," Nadelen said.

Cuccinello said the difference between the games against Loyola and against Georgetown was energy.

"All the X's and O's don't really matter if you don't come out with energy and pumped up — Loyola was, we weren't," Cuccinello said. "Today we didn't even play that great offensively. We left a lot of goals out there, but you could see the hustle plays, riding, everything went our way today and that was because of our energy."

Georgetown coach Kevin Warne said Towson's defense was one of keys to the game.

"As soon as the ball was thrown to one of our guys, they swarmed to the ball and that is something that we have to replicate in practice," Warne said.

Georgetown was just 1-for-5 on extra-man opportunities, the lone goal coming when Towson was two men down.


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