Towson trying to remain positive
Towson limps into Tuesday night’s game against Navy with a 1-3 record. Normally, that would be troubling, but a closer look reveals that the mark is a little deceptive.
All three of the Tigers’ losses have come against ranked teams (No. 14 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 19, No. 8 Loyola on Feb. 26 and No. 12 Maryland on March 12), and the margin of victory is a combined nine goals, which averages out to just three goals per contest.
In the three setbacks, Towson has made fewer or just as many turnovers as the opponents. The team has also caused more turnovers than the Blue Jays and Terps forced.
Still, Tigers coach Tony Seaman would like to see a reversal of this trend – and soon.
“It gives us more hope, but it also causes tremendous frustration at the same time,” he said Monday. “It’s kind of a two-edged sword there. You’re just so frustrated because you know how close you are. I thought in the Hopkins game, we shot horribly. We just missed the cage, and we made it easy for the goalie. In this game, we made the goalie work, and he did. He played really well in the fourth quarter. But it’s frustrating. You’ve just got to hang in there and expect that it’s going to turn.”
Now Towson will get a Midshipmen squad that has lost four games by a combined eight goals and just walloped Lafayette, 15-6, on Saturday.
“And Navy’s not that much different,” Seaman said. “They had a tough [10-8] loss to Carolina and a couple of one-goal losses to Bucknell and Loyola. They’re in every game they’ve played, and then they blow out Lafayette. So maybe they’ve found themselves.”
After a brief pause, Seaman ended his thought by saying, “Great.”