April 30, 2011

Towson's Seniors Go Out in Style

from press release

TOWSON, Md. - One of nine seniors playing in his final college game, midfielder Peter Mezzanotte scored two goals and with two assists and set a single game record with eight caused turnovers as the Tigers (3-10, 1-5) concluded their season with a 15-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Saint Joseph's (0-12, 0-6) at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Tigers, who scored a seasonal high 15 goals, dominated the Hawks for the entire contest and finished the game with a 46-27 advantage in shots.

Mezzanotte, who finished his career with a school record 95 caused turnovers, enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career. With 95 caused turnovers, he broke the school record of 92, established by Ted Turnblacer (2003-06).

In his final college game, he also broke Turnblacer's mark of six caused turnovers, a record he set against Air Force in 2005.

"The kids played well tonight," said Towson Coach Tony Seaman. "They could have given up but they didn't. I'm very proud of them. It has been an unbelievably heart-breaking year for us. We have a great nucleus coming back and this was a great start towards the 2012 season."

The Tigers, who snapped a six-game losing streak with the win, had suffered five losses by one-goal margins, including CAA losses to Delaware (8-7), Massachusetts (9-8) and Penn State (7-6).

Although the Tigers dominated play in the early going, the game was scoreless for nearly ten minutes. The Tigers finally broke the scoreless deadlock when Mezzanotte picked up a loose ball and scored an unassisted goal with 5:56 left in the first quarter. With 4:13 left in the first quarter, sophomore Matt Hughes added an unassisted goal, his 17th of the season.

With 1:56 left in the first quarter, Hughes scored off a pass from Mezzanotte, extending the lead to 3-0.

The first quarter ended with the Tigers owning a 14-1 advantage in shots and a 3-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, senior Tim Stratton tallied his eighth goal of the year off a pass from Hughes to make it 4-0. Less than two minutes later, junior Matt Lamon scored off an assist from Stratton as the Tigers ' lead improved to 5-0.

Midway through the second period, St. Joseph's took advantage of an extra man situation to get on the scoreboard. After Mezzanotte was penalized for holding, sophomore Ian Correia scored off a pass from sophomore Kyle Williams.

Mezzanotte atoned for his penalty with 4:38 remaining in the half when he scored his second goal of the game off a pass from junior Sean Maguire.

Leading by 6-1 at halftime, the Tigers added to their lead in the third quarter.

Early in the third period, senior Elliott Domanic scored an unassisted goal, his second of the season, to give the Tigers a 7-1 advantage. With 10:53 left in the third period, Lamon scored his second goal of the game with an assist from Stratton.

An unassisted goal by freshman Andrew Hodgson gave the Tigers a 9-1 lead with 9:45 remaining in the third quarter.

With 1:34 remaining in the third quarter, junior Stephen Norris contributed an unassisted goal to make it a 10-1 lead. Just 37 seconds later, Hodgson scored an extra man goal off a pass from Maguire. With 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter, senior Tim Flynn scored his second goal of the year as Maguire picked up his third assist.

 Norris scored off a pass from Stratton with 11:33 left in the game, upping the Tigers' lead to 13-1.

With 5:15 remaining in the contest, junior Matt Hanzsche scored a man-down goal off a pass from Mezzanotte for a 14-1 advantage. With four minutes left, freshman Devin Grimaldi scored the first goal of his career, giving the Tigers a 15-1 lead.

With 1:56 left, junior Bobby Hurley closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal, making the final margin, 15-2.

Hughes, who finished the season with a team high 18 goals, led the Tigers with two goals and one assist.

Stratton, who ended his career with 57 goals and 48 assists, had a goal and three assists in his final game while Mezzanotte had a career best four points on two goals and two assists.

Hodgson, Lamon and Norris also scored a pair of goals for the Tigers.

Making his final career start, senior goalkeeper Travis Love made ten saves and allowed only one goal.


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