Cory Dobyns has sat out Towson’s past two contests, and the sophomore attackman’s status could remain the same for Saturday night’s regular-season finale against St. Joseph’s at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.
Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said Dobyns remains a game-time decision as he continues to deal with an unspecified injury suffered in a 9-5 victory over Massachusetts on April 6. The team has already clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament and could elect to rest Dobyns for another weekend, but Nadelen said if Dobyns is available, he will play.
“I’ve always been of the belief that if he’s going to get injured, it’s going to happen one way or the other,” he said. “That’s just my mindset. Yeah, you don’t want to put him in that position, but if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. It could happen when he’s walking down the sidewalk and he rolls his ankle. It’s something that’s out there. So I don’t really play into that. We’re obviously going to be smart with our decision making and his status. But if the doctors give us the OK and he’s ready to go, we’ll get him into the mix.”
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Redshirt sophomore Max Siskind has started in Dobyns’ place for each of the last two games and has yet to record a goal or an assist. Siskind is still trying to develop some chemistry with juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Devin Grimaldi, but Nadelen said the onus is on every offensive player to fill in for Dobyns’ absence.
“Whenever you have a starter out of the game, the other guys get opportunities to get out there, and they have to play to what they’re capable of doing but not try to play beyond their abilities,” Nadelen said. “We have to understand that and be smart with that and try not to make superhero plays, play within the offense and play disciplined. When your opportunities arise, you have to capitalize on them.”