No. 2 Syracuse will travel down to Delaware this weekend to meet Towson in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Here is a quick look at the game:
- Tied at seven early in the fourth quarter, Towson scored four unanswered goals against seventh-seeded Penn State en route to a 12-8 win. Mike Lynch accounted for two of those goals, while attackman Joe Seider had an assist and a goal during the spurt. Seider led Towson with four goals and two assists, while goalie Matt Hoy added nine saves.
- Towson did lose faceoff specialist Alex Woodall, who injured his hamstring in after scoring a goal with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. He was 7 for 13 at the X at the time, and is ninth in the country at 60.9 percent and 20th in the ground balls at 5.7 per game. Connor Harryman took over and finished 6 for 11. Woodall is expected to play against Syracuse.
- Ryan Drenner (27G, 24A), Seider (28G, 10A) and Lynch (19G, 6A) lead Towson in scoring. Hoy started seven games in net this season, and holds a 6.99 GAA, while Josh Miller stated eight games with a 7.92 GAA.
- Meanwhile, Syracuse had to lean on Evan Molloy to sneak past Yale, 11-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs dominated the Orange at the X, holding a 42-29 advantage in shots. Ben Williams struggled through a 1-12 performance, causing Syracuse head coach John Desko to switch in Dan Varello. He was only marginally better, going 3-10 at the X. “If I have to step up for my teammates, they’re confident that I can do it and I’m going to do my best to [step up]” Molloy said.
- The last time these two teams faced each other was on March 25, 2000, with the Orange coming away with a 10-3 win. Ryan Powell led Syracuse with two goals and six assists in that game. The two teams also scrimmaged against each other in 2015.
- The matchup: May 21 at noon in Newark, Delaware. TV: ESNPU. The winner will advance to the Final Four, and play the winner of Ohio State and Duke.