Towson MLAX hopes to get back in the win column on Saturday at #2 Duke

Time to see what this Towson men’s lacrosse team is made of. The Tigers are prepping for a big game on Saturday on the road against a Duke team that’s starting to find their legs and momentum as we enter the halfway point of the 2019 season. 

Towson (5-1) reached the top of the college lacrosse world last week, but the Tigers fell to #5 in the national rankings after a tough loss to Cornell.

Head coach Shawn Nadelen knows this team can fight their way back up the rankings. They were able to show that through the first couple weeks of the season and eventually became the darlings of the week last week after defeating at the time number one Loyola. 

But this time the climb back to the darling status will be tough. The next three games the Tigers face three programs with pretty stingy defenses in the Blue Devils, Denver and then open conference play against Hofstra.

The boys are going to need to play some of their best lacrosse of the season against these teams. 

Cornell was able to expose some of Towson’s weaknesses on faceoff sand defense. 

Speaking of exposing weaknesses, coach John Danowski was able to draw up a blue print on how to defeat Loyola, last weekend as the Blue Devils rolled the Greyhounds, 12-7.

Duke (7-1) was able to control possession off the draw and guys like Nakeie Montgomery, Joey Manown and Brad Smith were able to exploit the Loyola defense. Duke has put together a nice win-streak that they would love to add another victory to before playing ACC rival Syracuse next week.

Nadelen and staff will need to make sure Towson is ready to dominate at the faceoff X with Alex Woodall who is having an All-American type season, Brendan Sunday at attack pumping in goals, and Koby Smith and Tyler Canto shutting down whatever the Blue Devils throw at them. 

This is a huge game for Towson. The Cornell loss could either have been a wake up call or it could send the Tigers season spinning out of control. We shall see! Tune in on Saturday as MSB will have you covered with live tweeting.

Faceoff is set for 1pm and the game will be televised on the ACC Network 

Tom Peace

I am the Director of Lacrosse coverage for MSB. I am currently a national and local lacrosse writer and analyst. I have a strong broadcasting and journalism background that spans over 15 years if covering the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. The Maryland Terrapins Football and Basketball programs. I've also stepped out of my comfort zone and even covered pro wrestling on a national level as a content writer for Impact Wrestling. I'm excited to provide lacrosse coverage for Maryland Sports Blog.

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