February 8, 2014

Towson Opens With High Point

from Press Releases

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse hosts High Point (0-1) in the Tigers' season opener on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Please note, this game time has changed from prior scheduling.

The teams have played just one other time - Feb. 8, 2013 when the Panthers defeated the Tigers, 9-7, for HPU's first collegiate lacrosse win. Junior Cory Dobyns scored four EMO goals for Towson in the loss.

Towson comes into Saturday's contest as the defending Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champions after they defeated No. 9 Penn State in the CAA finals, 11-10. Senior Thomas DeNapoli, an honorable mention USILA All-America selection, returns to lead the Tigers on attack. He had 41 goals and 19 assists for 60 points in 2013. Sophomore Tyler White is projected to take over in goal for the graduated USILA All-American Andrew Wascavage.

High Point comes into the game off a 10-3 loss at Delaware on Feb. 1. Michael LeClair, Dan Lomas and Brad James each scored a goal for the Panthers. Austin Geisler made 13 saves in the effort, earning Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors.

High Point Notes

The High Point University men's lacrosse team travels to Towson this weekend for an 11 a.m. face-off on Saturday. HPU topped Towson, 9-7, last year for the first win in program history.

The Panthers opened the season with a 10-3 loss at Delaware last Saturday. Redshirt-junior Austin Geislermade 13 saves and picked up four ground balls in the game and was named the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week.

This is the first game of the season for the Tigers. Towson received votes in both the preseason USILA and Warrior Inside Lacrosse polls. The Tigers finished the 2013 season ranked No. 17 after winning the CAA Championships and advancing to their 11th NCAA Tournament.

Last year High Point scored two goals in the first quarter and led the entire way en route to the first win in program history. Towson closed the lead to one goal with less than two minutes to play. Jamie Piluso won the next face-off and sprinted to the goal to secure the two-goal win for the Panthers. Dan Lomas scored four goals in the win and Geisler made 11 saves.

After facing Towson, HPU will return to High Point for the home opener on Feb. 15 against Saint Joseph's. The first face-off is set for 1 p.m. HPU lost to the Hawks, 8-5, last year at a neutral site in Woodberry Forest, Va.Mitchell Dupere scored two goals in the contest.

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