Towson’s 7-6 upset of then-No. 19 Hofstra last Saturday propelled the team to its first three-game winning streak of the season and its first above-.500 record at 6-5. With a 2-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Tigers are tied with No. 13 Penn State (7-3) for second place, and both teams trail No. 20 Drexel (8-2), which is 3-0 in the conference.
Towson is enjoying the run, but coach Shawn Nadelen said there’s no room for getting too high with four more league contests on the regular-season schedule – beginning with Saturday’s home game against reigning conference champion Masschusetts (5-5 overall and 0-2 in the CAA).
“I think we’re proud of getting a couple wins out of the CAA, but I think our guys understand that we haven’t done anything yet,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “There’s still a lot of lacrosse ahead of us, a lot of very, very tough opponents. UMass is the next one up, and our guys need to stay fairly focused in understanding that each game and each week is a battle. We’re not resting on a couple wins that we’ve had here in the past couple weeks.”
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The Tigers’ success is remarkable considering that they began the season with three consecutive losses. But Nadelen said he doesn’t want the players to suddenly become content with their turnaround.
“We’ve seen the reversal go in the other way, too, after a nice win and coming back and losing in overtime or close games,” he said. “We’ve had practices where they’re great and high energy with high execution, and then we’ve had practices where they’re not great and not mentally engaged or focused. Our battle continues to be the consistency. We’ve been a little more consistent in a positive way recently, and we’re going to continue to focus on that.”
Towson is aiming for its first 3-0 start in the conference since 2010, but a Minutemen squad that went undefeated in the regular season in 2012 stands in the way. Still, moving to 3-0 would be a critical achievement for the Tigers, Nadelen acknowledged.
“It’d be great,” he said. “Our goal is to win the CAA and then move forward from there. Being 3-0 would put us in further position to get into the conference playoffs. So we’re working to achieve that, and we’re focused on UMass.”