With a 7-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Towson is locked in as the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The team can’t catch No. 15 Drexel (10-3, 5-1) for the No. 2 seed and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Hofstra (7-6, 2-3) for the No. 3 spot.
But that doesn’t mean that the Tigers are planning on coasting in Saturday’s regular-season finale against St. Joseph’s at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.
“Any game you compete in – I don’t care if it’s T-ball or lacrosse – you want to win, and that’s important for us as a program,” coach Shawn Nadelen said Monday. “It’s important for our guys because they compete every day in practice. They want to win the drills that we do and compete at a high level. That’s something we hang our hat on – playing the game to win and competing extremely hard to win.”
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Sophomore attackman Cory Dobyns missed his second straight contest with an undisclosed injury, and several of his teammates are dealing with the minor ailments associated with the physical style of the sport. The program could rest some of those players for the CAA tournament, but that is not a consideration for Nadelen.
“That hasn’t even entered my mind,” he said. “We’ve got guys on the team that need to continue to work on their chemistry, and we need to be able to continue to work on our deficiencies, and that’s something that we’ve had in the past couple games, which I think has led to those losses. So I think the more we play these games, the more we compete with each other, and that obviously helps us and gives us the opportunities to correct some of the mistakes that we made. So I’m not looking to rest anybody in this game.”
Towson has dropped back-to-back contests to Penn State and Drexel after opening league play with three straight victories. Falling to the Nittany Lions and Dragons is nothing to be ashamed of, but Nadelen said it is important to go into the conference tournament with some momentum.
“My concern comes with continuing not being consistent from start to finish in games,” he said. “It’s been a problem with us in the past, and it was exposed by two teams that are very good and are tops in the CAA and have national rankings as well. When you don’t play consistently and at your best, good teams are going to expose that. That’s something that we fell victim to against Penn State and Drexel. Our biggest area of concern is being able to rectify those mistakes and improve ourselves and understand how to stay mentally focused and engaged and be able to produce all over the field at a very high rate from the start of the game to the finish.”