Previewing Towson's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Towson Tigers are the 1st team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the first team from the CAA. Towson finished 6-8 overall in 2021 and 3-5 in CAA play. The Tigers were unable to qualify for the CAA Tournament for the first time in a full season since 2011.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (2/11)
UMBC Retrievers (3/5)
Denver Pioneers (3/26)
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2/11 vs. Johns Hopkins: Nature is really healing with Johns Hopkins (and others) being able to play teams outside of the Big Ten again. The teams have played each other every season since 1976 (outside of 2021). In the last six meetings, Towson has recorded half of their all-time victories against the Blue Jays. And all of those wins (2015, 2017, 2019) came at Johnny Unitas Stadium. This will be the first time Shawn Nadelen's group goes up against a Peter Milliman-led Blue Jay team.
3/2 at Loyola: After losing seven straight to the Greyhounds, the Tigers have been able to balance out the yearly rivalry, winning three of the last seven. That includes last year's overtime winner over Loyola, arguably Towson's signature win from that season. It was a low-scoring, defensive battle with Tim Montgomery being Towson's lone multi-point getter and the overtime hero.
3/5 vs. UMBC: Another local rivalry game returns after skipping last year. In their last meeting in 2020, UMBC doubled up on Towson for their first win in the series since 2011. This rivalry is typically close. Since 2003, 12 of the last 17 meetings have been decided by three goals or less. UMBC has also taken steps forward under head coach Ryan Moran, including a top 10 scoring defense in three of the last four years.
3/26 at Denver: The Tigers head west for the first time since 2018 when Towson lost to Denver in overtime. They've met every year since Towson's upset in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and each meeting has been decided by a goal. However, the Pioneers have won the last three meetings to even the overall series at a trio of victories apiece. Would not be surprised if this turns out to be a top 20 showdown come late March.
4/30 vs. Hofstra: Similar to nearly every conference in college lacrosse, conference play in the CAA can be a crapshoot. For most of the past decade, Towson has dominated everyone in the CAA. Except Hofstra. Since 2010, the Tigers are 6-6 against the Pride, including splitting last year's meetings. The two teams meet in what should be the regular season finale, which could mean potential CAA Tournament implications for either team.