Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/23
From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team improved to 2-0 today, downing host Towson, 16-13.
No. 17 St. Joe’s is 2-0. Towson fell to 1-1.
Tucker Brown had three goals and an assist and Levi Anderson scored three times. Zach Cole (Lenape-NJ) won 20 of 32 faceoffs and scored twice for the Hawks, while Mac McLaughlin (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) added two goals. Patrick Clemens (Springfield-Delco) led the defense with three groundballs and two caused turnovers and Joe Burnham (La Salle) had two groundballs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
It took just nine seconds for the Hawks to get on the board on the afternoon. Cole worked his magic on the opening faceoff before taking it all the way down the field and firing to the top left corner past the Towson goalkeeper to get on the board.
Moments later, Ryan Doran doubled up the scoring after his shot crawled over the line after deflecting off the Towson goalkeeper.
The Tigers would score three goals in the span of under three minutes before Brown tied the scoring back up with a spin and strike from range.
Cole grabbed his second goal of the quarter off the ensuing faceoff, one again racing down the field after the win before unleashing a strike into the netting.
Towson would tie the game at 4-4 before the Hawks scored three-straight to close out the quarter. Trae Ika scored his first goal in just his second appearance on a man-up opportunity to give the Hawks a 7-4 lead.
An early goal in the second quarter pushed the advantage to as many as four, but the Towson squad would score five of the next six goals to tie the game up at 9-9 headed into the break.
The Tigers opened the third with a goal, but Levi Anderson’s second goal of the game leveled the score before two-straight goals, including a launch from the other side of the half, from Carter Page extended the advantage back to 12-10.
With the hosts grabbing one back, William King tallied his third goal of the game to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion at the end of the third.
Three minutes into the fourth, the Hawks regained a three-goal lead at 14-11 behind the stick of Stephen Dwyer.
Two goals from the Tigers in the span of 17 seconds midway through the final frame again cut the advantage to one for SJU. Tucker Brown’s third of the game and Anderson’s hat trick only a minute later pushed the lead back to 16-13 before the Hawks were able to run out the final 4:30 of the fourth for its second-straight win.