This past Sunday saw three top 10 Division I teams converge on Towson University, delving into the conference portion of all of their schedules.
In the opening game of the day, the host Tigers, 7th in the current All Pro Sports National Rankings, took on the 10th ranked Blue Hens of Delaware. The Blue Hens rolled into Baltimore without a loss and looked to make a statement to the rest of the conference that they were the real deal.
For the first two quarters, Delaware stood toe-to-toe with a very confident Towson squad, before a pair of EMO goals gave Towson a slight edge at the half, 5-3. Down by 3 goals, the undaunted Blue Hens rallied late in the 4th quarter to pull within 1 score at 9-8. With less than :30 seconds remaining and a possession of the ball, Delaware got off a potential game tying shot, but Tiger netminder Zach Peters made the save to preserve the 1 goal win.
There was no rest for the Blue Hens as just minutes after their gut-wrenching loss to Towson, they took on the top team in the land, the Maryland Terrapins.
Early on, it appeared that Delaware still had plenty of gas in the tank, as they controlled much of the 1st quarter, even scoring the first goal of the game. But the Terps eventually clawed back and slowly began to wear down the Hens, capitalizing on several fast breaks and an EMO opportunity to go up 5-2 at intermission.
Unfortunately for Delaware, their 2nd half defense completely collapsed as tired legs led to wild sticks and a string of Blue Hen penalties, opening the door for the sharp shooting Terps to blast away at the Delaware goalkeeper. Multiple man up goals opened the flood gates as Maryland stretched its lead to 8-2 by the end of the 3rd. A few more goals in the final quarter sealed the win for top ranked Terps, 10-2.
The final game of the day featured Maryland taking on the host Tigers.
For the first 30 minutes, both teams exchanged blows, talked epic trash and filled the nets 9 times, with the Terps enjoying a slim 5-4 lead. The Maryland defense slammed the door on the Tigers offense in the 3rd, holding Towson scoreless while Maryland added 2 more goals to extend its lead to 7-4.
Towson added 3 goals late in the 4th, two off of strong midfield dodges from up top, but Maryland added to scores as well and managed to hold on for the 9-7 win.
All three of these teams are super talented and deep. Delaware’s starting 10 can run with anyone in the country and I think the Tigers have 63 players on its roster. That’s a joke of course, but the Tigers are insanely deep. Despite the 2 wins on the day, I am sure that the Terps will be looking over their shoulder at Towson and Delaware for the remainder of the season.
You can find our complete photo gallery of these games right here.
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