The Towson Tigers had no problem scoring Wednesday afternoon in an impressive 18-5 victory over Hobart in an NCAA Tournament preliminary game.
Hobart scored the first goal of the contest, but after that it was all Towson. The Tigers responded with six unanswered goals. Towson outscored Hobart 6-1 in the first quarter and 6-0 in the third quarter.
Nine different Tigers recorded goals. Junior attacker Ryan Drenner scored a game-high four goals. Freshman midfielder Jon Mazza tallied three, while Spencer Parks, Ben McCarty, Joe Seider and Matt Wylly each had two. Brian Bolewicki, Matt Leonard and Mike Lynch rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
Drenner had been quiet in the post-season, but found his rhythm Wednesday.
"We were excited to get back out there and do what we know that we can do. After being held to four goals, it's always nice to be able to come back and score," Drenner said. "Being at home really helped us a lot, the defense made stops early and Alec [Burckley] winning early faceoffs really helped us get going."
The Tigers won the faceoff battle, grabbing 14 of 26. At halftime, Towson had won 8 of 11 faceoffs, including all of the second quarter contests. Junior midfielder Alec Burckley was a huge part of the effort.
"I think the biggest thing for us was the success that Alex [Burckley] had for us at the faceoff," said head coach Shawn Nadelen. "I was definitely concerned going into the game knowing how strong both their guys were at the x."
Towson outshot Hobart 51-17. The Tigers' 18 goals marked a CAA record for most goals from a team in the conference during an NCAA tournament game.
With the win, Towson advances to the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers travel to the defending national champion No. 2 Denver Pioneers. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.