Towson Holds On for Upset of Stony Brook
from press release
Sophomore Matt Hughes scored three goals, including the eventual game-winner, in Towson's 9-8 upset of No. 5 Stony Brook, the Tigers' first win over a top-five opponent since 1996.
TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as Towson University (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University (3-2) at the Tigers' Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Led by Hughes, who posted his third "hat trick" in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.
"These kids did a great job today," Towson coach Tony Seaman said. "Travis Love made some big saves for us when we needed them and Matt Hughes put the ball in the goal. I am very proud of this team and what they did today."
After senior midfielder Timmy Trenkle (Commack H.S./Commack, N.Y.) gave the Seawolves a quick 1-0 lead just 62 seconds into the game, the Tigers answered by scoring back-to-back goals from Hughes and junior attackman Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall College H.S./Lutherville, Md.) to take a 2-1 lead with 7:52 left in the first quarter.
Trenkle and senior midfielder Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) regained the Seawolves' advantage when they scored a pair of unassisted goals, giving Stony Brook a 3-2 lead with 2:20 remaining in the period.
But the Tigers held Stony Brook scoreless for the next 17 minutes, 14 seconds while scoring six unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The Tigers had six different players score a goal during the run, including senior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.), who scored his first goal of the season with 13:19 left in the second quarter.
Junior midfielder Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia, Canada) scored a pair of goals off feeds from Crowley in the final 13 seconds of the first half, narrowing the Seawolves' deficit to 8-5 at the intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers upped their lead to 9-5 when Hughes took a pass from freshman Andrew Hodgson (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) and scored his third goal of the game with 9:50 left in regulation.
Over the final nine minutes, the Seawolves scored three times to trim the deficit to 9-8. With 8:27 left, senior attackman Jordan McBride (New Westminster, B.C., Canada) scored off a feed from senior attackman Tom Compitello (Hauppauge H.S./Hauppauge, N.Y.) to close the gap to 9-6.
Just over three minutes later, Trenkle scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Campbell for a 9-7 margin.
With 12 seconds left, Crowley cut the deficit to 9-8 when he tallied his second goal of the game after getting a pass from McBride. The Seawolves won the ensuing face-off, but were unable to get a shot as the final horn sounded.
While Hughes led the Tigers with his three-goal effort, Maguire added a pair of goals with an assist for Towson, which outshot Stony Brook by a 29-27 margin.
Crowley scored two goals with three assists for the Seawolves while Trenkle added his second career hat trick with three goals. Senior midfielder Adam Rand (East Lyme H.S./Liantic, Conn.) won 13 of 21 face-offs for the Seawolves, who had won their last three games after a season-opening overtime loss against Virginia.
The Tigers, who played their third game in an eight-day span, will open their Colonial Athletic Association schedule next Saturday afternoon when they travel to the University of Delaware for a 1 p.m. game against the defending CAA champion Blue Hens. Meanwhile, the Seawolves open a three-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against Cornell at 7 p.m.
"This has been a tough week for us," Coach Seaman added. "We played Maryland last Saturday, faced Navy on Tuesday night and then, had to play a very good Stony Brook team today. There is nothing easy about it, but the reason we do it is to get us ready for our conference, which starts next week."
- The Tigers and the Seawolves were meeting for the second time in an all-time series which is tied at 1-1 ... Stony Brook defeated Towson by a 14-11 margin in last year's meeting at LaValle Stadium.
- The Tigers defeated a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time since last year's CAA semi-final when they defeated 16th-ranked Massachusetts by a 13-6 margin ... The Tigers had lost all three games this year against ranked foes prior to Saturday.
- The Tigers posted their first win over a top five opponent at home since April 4, 1992 when they defeated top-ranked Loyola at home by an 8-7 margin in overtime.
- Stratton scored his first goal since last year when he tallied a goal against Massachusetts in the CAA semi-finals at Unitas Stadium ... It snapped a six-game scoreless streak.
- The Tigers held an opponent scoreless in the third quarter for the fourth time in six games this season ... In the first six games, the Tigers have allowed just six third-quarter goals.
- With his three-goal effort, Hughes extended his point-scoring streak to nine straight games ... During the streak, he has scored 15 goals with four assists.
- The Tigers held Stony Brook to a season-low eight goals on Saturday ... The Seawolves were also limited to a season-low 27 shots against the Tigers.