Towson, Md. (February 17, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University nearly overcame a seven-goal deficit in the second half, but the Mount's late comeback attempt fell just short in a 15-13 loss at No. 18/19 Towson on Saturday afternoon.
Mount St. Mary's rookie Luke Frankeny led all scorers with four goals in the tilt. Brenden McCarthy chipped in with five points on two goals and three assists, and Matt Haggerty added three goals and one helper.
Jon Mazza paced Towson on the afternoon with three goals and two assists, while Brendan Sunday also netted three goals and Grant Maloof added a pair.
Josh Miller collected the win in the Towson cage with eight saves in 45 minutes of play. Matt Vierheller stopped five shots in the opening half of play for the Mount, and Dylan Furnback made three saves in the second half in his collegiate debut.
Towson (1-1) opened a 5-4 advantage after the first quarter of play, but a quick tally to open the second from Chris DiPretoro tied the game at 5-5. Towson answered with seven straight goals from seven different players, and held the Mount scoreless over the final 12-plus minutes of the frame, to open a 12-5 advantage at the intermission.
The Mount (0-2) netted three straight tallies coming out of the halftime break, receiving goals from Frankeny, Haggerty and Jack Mangan, to trim the deficit to 12-8 at the 8:26 mark of the third. Mazza was able to register the final goal of the quarter for Towson to send the Tigers into the fourth with a 13-8 advantage.
Goals from Haggerty and McCarthy in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter brought the Mount back within striking distance at 13-10 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the tilt. The Tigers responded with tallies from Jean-Luc Chetner and Alex Woodall in the ensuing two minutes to push the Towson advantage back to five, 15-10, with 8:16 showing on the clock.
The Mount chipped away at the lead with a goal from McCarthy at the 5:27 mark and a tally from Frankeny with 3:00 remaining in the tilt.
With just under two minutes on the clock, Frankeny's fourth goal of the contest brought the Mount within two scores at 15-13, but the Towson defense was able to hold off the Mount in the final minutes to escape with the two-goal victory.
The Mount is back in action for a matchup Richmond on February 20 at 4 p.m.