March 16, 2010

Towson Downs Navy for First Victory of 2010

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Graduate student Christian Pastirik (St. Mary’s H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored his third goal of the game with six seconds remaining in regulation as Towson University (1-3) earned its first win of the season, a 10-9 non-conference victory over Navy (3-4) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday evening.

After the Midshipmen rallied from a 9-5 deficit to tie the game, Pastirik took a pass from freshman attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) and scored on a low shot from 15 yards out past sophomore goalkeeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan Academy/Penn Yan, N.Y.) for the game-winning goal.

“I didn’t want to go to overtime, so we were lucky to get that goal with six seconds left,” Pastirik said. “It’s always tough to play against Navy. They are a good team and to get a win against them is huge for us.”

After the teams traded goals to open the game, the Tigers took a 3-1 lead with 5:06 remaining in the period with back-to-back goals from Pastirik and junior attackman Tim Stratton (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.).

But, Navy responded to tie the game at 3-3 late in the first quarter. With 2:45 remaining, senior midfielder Patrick Moran (Severn School/Annapolis, Md.) scored off a feed from senior attackman Brendan Connors (Kellenberg Memorial H.S./Bellmore, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to 3-2. Connors tied the game with 52 seconds remaining in the frame with an unassisted goal past junior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.).

Led by two goals from Stratton, the Tigers answered with a three-goal run to start the second quarter, giving Towson a 6-3 advantage. With 4:07 left in the first half, Connors tallied his second goal of the game to close the margin to 6-4 before Navy senior defenseman Jake Brosnan (St. Mary’s H.S./Chester, Md.) scored the first goal of his college career with 17 seconds left in the half.

For the second straight quarter, the Tigers scored three consecutive goals to begin the period. After junior midfielder Pat Britton (Seneca Valley H.S./Germantown, Md.) scored an unassisted goal to give Towson a 7-5 advantage, junior midfielder Scott Ruhl (Dublin Jerome H.S./Powell, Ohio) followed by scoring his first goal of the season off a feed from senior midfielder Brock Armour (Western Reserve Acad./Victoria, B.C., Canada).

With 7:13 remaining in the third quarter, Britton tallied his second goal of the game to give Towson a 9-5 advantage.

Connors ignited a four-goal Navy run with 2:16 left in the third period, scoring his third goal of the game before sophomore attackman Ryan O’Leary (St. Anthony’s H.S./East Meadow, N.Y.) cut the Midshipmen deficit to 9-7 with 20 seconds left.

Trailing by two goals to start the fourth quarter, senior midfielder Joe Lennon (Loyola Blakefield H.S./Westminster, Md.) scored with 10:39 remaining to trim the deficit to 9-8. Then, Connors tied the game at 9-9 with 4:11 left by scoring off a feed from senior attackman Andy Warner (Corning East H.S./Corning East, N.Y.).

Pastirik and Stratton each scored three goals to lead the Tigers while Britton added a pair of markers. Making the first start of his college career, Love tallied a career-high 14 saves, including five in the first quarter.

“It’s a win for us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “The big thing for us was to play for 60 minutes tonight. We had played for 48-50 minutes in the first three games and tonight, I thought we finished things up and got a well-needed win.

“You have to give Navy credit,” Coach Seaman added. “They hung in there and took advantage of some breaks. Travis played very well tonight and made some tough saves for us tonight.”

Connors scored a career-high four goals for the Midshipmen in a losing effort while O’Leary contributed two goals with an assist. Wickham posted 12 saves for Navy, which was outshot by a 38-32 margin.

“I am proud of our guys for coming back tonight,” Navy Coach Richie Meade said. “I thought we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. I thought both teams played pretty well and it was a hard-fought game.”

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