April 7, 2007
TOWSON, Md. - Towson's 4-0 run to start the third quarter erased a 5-4 halftime deficit and sent the 12th-ranked Tigers on their way to an eventual 14-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over a pesky Sacred Heart team Friday night in Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The win improved the Tigers to 6-3 on the year and 3-0 in the league. The Pioneers fell to 2-5 and 1-2 in the CAA. The victory kept Towson's record against Sacred Heart clean. The Tigers now lead the series 6-0. Eleven different players scored for the Tigers who survived a lethargic first half. The Pioneers out shot Towson 16-10 in gaining the 5-4 advantage at the break. Towson awoke in the second half to out gun Sacred Heart 34-16. The barrage was enough to outscore the Pioneers 10-4 in the final 30 minutes.
Senior attackman Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) scored three of Sacred Heart's first five goals to help the Pioneers to their lead. But two Kyle Batton goals early in the third quarter fueled a 4-0 run that lifted the Tigers to an 8-5 lead.
Senior attackman Michael Collins (Auburn, NY) tallied an extra man goal with 2:03 left to stop Towson's run and close the gap to 8-6 but that was to be as close as the Pioneers would come the rest of the evening.
Senior attackman Bobby Griebe opened the fourth quarter with an unassisted marker for Towson followed by freshman Cryder DiPietro's solo zinger just 30 seconds later. Sophomore middie Nicholas Russo (Lindenhurst, NY) got one of the scores back for the Pioneers but Towson answered with a 3-0 run that put the Tigers up 13-7 with just 6:19 remaining in the contest.
Griebe, DiPietro and Batton paced Towson with two goals each. Greco's hat trick was tops for the Pioneers. Junior goalkeeper Matt Antol went the distance for the Tigers between the pipes, making seven saves. Ricardo Vargas (Falls Church, VA), 9 saves, and Mike Murtha (Bay Shore, NY), 4 saves, split time in the goal for the Pioneers.
SHU is right back in CAA action on Wednesday afternoon when they play host to Hofstra at 3:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the internet with Gene Gumbs and Jim McAleavey calling the action.