Top-seeded Towson University captured its third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Lacrosse Championship and berth to the NCAA Tournament with a 9-4 victory over third-seeded University of Massachusetts at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The No. 12/13 Tigers (10-4) won their seventh conference title overall and became the first CAA program to three-peat as champions twice.
The Tigers, which secured their third-straight 10-win season, will learn where they’re headed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 7 at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
Six different Tigers scored, including seniors Ryan Drenner and Mike Lynch, who tallied two goals apiece. For UMass (7-8), Grant Consoletti and Dan Muller accounted for all four Minutemen goals.
Towson and UMass traded goals over the first three minutes of the opening quarter. With 10:03 remaining, Zach Goodrich found the back of the net to jumpstart a 3-0 Towson run for the 4-1 lead. Both teams traded goals the second quarter on strikes from Muller and Drenner. The third quarter was another defensive battle as Muller and Lynch were the only two players to find the back of the net.
Sophomore Alex Woodall jumpstarted the scoring in the fourth quarter, winning the opening faceoff and taking it straight to the cage to give the Tigers a 7-3. It was the first of three straight goals for Towson which opened a big 9-3 lead with 59 seconds left in regulation. Consoletti added a goal with 11 ticks remaining, but it was not enough.
For UMass, D.J. Smith made 11 saves. Senior Matt Hoy, the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, made eight saves, caused two turnovers, and had three ground balls. He is just the third goalie in league history to be named the MOP.
Faceoffs were even as Noah Rak and Woodall, both All-Tournament Teams selections, each went 8-for-16. Rak added five ground balls for the Minutemen while Woodall had three groundballs and a goal.
CAA Championship All-Tournament Team
Matt Hoy, Towson (Most Outstanding Player)
Mike Lynch, Towson
Chad Patterson, Towson
Alex Woodall, Towson
Isaac Paparo, UMass
Dan Muller, UMass
Noah Rak, UMass
Josh Byrne, Hofstra
Ryan Tierney, Hofstra
Marshal King, Drexel
Jimmy Joe Granito, Drexel
2017 CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP #CAALax #CAAChamps
(Johnny Unitas Stadium – Towson, Md.)
Semifinals – May 4 (Lax Sports Network)
#1 Towson 8, #4 Drexel 4
#2 Hofstra 12, #3 UMass 13
Finals – May 6
#1 Towson 9, #3 UMass 4