#16 UMass Falls to #20 Towson in CAA Semis
TOWSON, Md. – No. 16 UMass lost its first-ever CAA playoff game, as the Minutemen fell 13-6 at No. 20 Towson on Wednesday night. The Minutemen stand at 8-6 overall and will have to wait for a possible at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, which will be unveiled on Sunday night. The Tigers will host the CAA Championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., as No. 2 seed Delaware (beat Drexel 15-12) will come to Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Towson (7-7 overall) went on an 12-2 run from the mid-first quarter through midway through the fourth quarter, spanning about 46 minutes. Christain Pastirik and Matt Hughes each had a hat trick in the run. Carl Iacona and Will Harrington each scored a pair for the Tigers.
UMass’ goals came from Will Manny, Bobby Hayes, Ryan Liebel, Steve D’Amario, Greg Rushing and Colin Fleming. Rushing ended the bleeding of 7-0 run by the Tigers in the second half, as a scored with 5:10 left in regulation. Fleming finished the scoring with 26 seconds left in the fourth.
The Minutemen had cut Towson’s lead to 5-4, just five seconds into the second half as Steve D’Amario scored on a fastbreak off a face-off win by Anthony Toresco to start the second half. But for the second week in a row UMass allowed an opponent to go on a 7-0 run to seal the win.
Towson scored five of the final six goals of the first half to build a 5-3 halftime lead. Iacona and Hughes and each scored two in the run for the Tigers.
UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game as Manny and Hayes scored for the Minutemen.
UMass outshot Towson, 37-30 while the Tigers won the groundball war, 35-30.