Upset Week Continues. The #17 Hofstra Pride (6-3, 3-2 CAA) went into Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland to face off against the Towson Tigers (5-6, 2-3 CAA). Yet another ranked team got knocked off in what I call, “upset week”… 10-8. Hofstra staged a furious fourth-quarter rally but simply ran out of time.
The Tigers came out strong and Carson Gaeger (1g,1a)on the doorstep with his 3rd, Ryan Swain (1g,1a) followed by the 21st from Brody McLean (4g) boosted Towson to a 3-0 lead. Colton Rudd (1g) at 1:37 ended the quarter with Towson on top, 3-1. McLean and Ryan Tierney (3g,1a) for Hofstra exchanged tallies with 4:16 played. Jake McLean (2g) and Austin Stewart (1g) padded the lead to 6-2.
Tierney collected his 36th but was answered by Brody McLean to close the half with Towson in control, 7-3. Two goals were scored in the third with each club having one. Andrew Milani (1g) for Towson matched by Hofstra’s Justin Lynsky (1g) on the advantage, took it the final stanza with the home team up, 8-4.
Towson would have Brody McLean at 14:01 got it to 9-4. Neither squad could hit rope until the 6:34 mark when Jake McLean picked up his 6th to spread it to a 10-4 event. Hofstra wasn’t going down without a fight and Tierney, Justin Sykes (2g), James Philbin (1g) recording his 9th and a man advantage tally from Sykes with just :58 to go closed the score sheet on the 10-8 upset.
Shots were even, 36-36 with the Pride getting more on goal, 23-17. Ground balls also shined on the Pride, 35-21 with turnovers being 13 for Towson and 12 for Hofstra. Tierney registered 9 shots on goal and FoGo, for Hofstra, Brian Herber was outstanding going 15 of 20. Towson netminder, Shane Brennan stopped 14 Pride shots and counterpart Bobby Casey had 7. Upset Week Continues.