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CAA men’s lacrosse notebook: Mazza’s five leads Towson over UMBC

Tigers outscore Retrievers 5-2 in second half

By Emilia Beuger, Collegian Staff

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The Towson men’s lacrosse team took on the University of Maryland, Baltimore on Saturday, defeating the Retrievers 8-6. After taking a lead in the first quarter, the Retrievers allowed the Tigers to tie it 1-1, characteristic of the game that followed as the two teams battled back and forth for the lead in the game.

UMBC maintained a 4-2 lead with three minutes to go in the second period thanks to two goals each from Ben Keller and Trevor Patschorke, but Towson’s Jon Mazza goal as well as assist on the next by Jake McLean tied the game at 4-4 with a little less than 10 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Mazza would strike again with back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter, less than a minute apart. With Mazza’s fourth goal, the Tigers were able to take control of the game.

Towson finished the game with five of the eight goals scored by Mazza, moving to second in the CAA standings.

The Tigers take on Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday.

Drexel scores 11 in the second half to defeat Marist

With the game tied 4-4 in the second quarter, Drexel began to take control against Marist on Saturday, outscoring the Red Foxes 11-1 in the second half to pull away with a 15-5 win.

Matthew Varian opened up the scoring for the Dragons, scoring three goals in the first quarter and assisting on another. Varian would finish the game with four goals and three assists.

Two other Drexel players, Nick Fox and Reid Bowering, also scored four goals for the Dragons. Bowering had two in a row at the beginning of the third and Fox followed him with three in a row.

The only other Red Fox goal came in the fourth quarter, as the Drexel defense was stout. The Dragons scored six unanswered goals to earn the win, leaving them in fourth place in the CAA standings.

The Dragons head to Bryant next on Saturday.

Delaware to Villanova, still tops CAA standings

While other CAA teams were able to come out with wins on Saturday, Delaware was unable to overcome the No. 7 Villanova defense late in the fourth quarter, falling 13-12.

With 9:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, Wildcat Christian Cuccinello scored to knot the game at 12. Two minutes later, Cuccinello found the back of the net again to put Villanova up 13-12 with 7:30 remaining in the game. The Blue Hens were unable to find the back of the net in the last half of the final period.

Delaware was outshot and had more turnovers than Villanova, but managed to keep the game relatively close throughout. Cuccinello’s shot with one second remaining in the second quarter found the net, tying the game 6-6 going into the half.

The third and fourth quarters were the same back-and-forth play, but what ultimately hurt Delaware was its inability to get shots on goal during the fourth period, as it had just four.

Cuccinello finished with seven goals for the Wildcats, while midfielder Dean DiSimone led the Blue Hens with five and Bryce Reid added four of his own.

Delaware is still atop the CAA standings and is looking for a win on Tuesday at home against Mercer.

Emilia Beuger can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter at @ebeuger.

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