Towson Tigers men's lacrosse

The Towson Tigers men's lacrosse team represents Towson University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college lacrosse.

Towson Tigers
Towson Tigers wordmark.svg
Founded1958
UniversityTowson University
Head coachShawn Nadelen (since 2012 season)
StadiumJohnny Unitas Stadium
(capacity: 11,198)
LocationTowson, Maryland
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
NicknameTigers
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
(1) - 1974*
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(1) - 1991
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(6) - 1974*, 1975*, 1979*, 1991, 2001, 2017
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(12) - 1974*, 1975*, 1976*, 1978*, 1979*, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
(21) - 1974*, 1975*, 1976*, 1977*, 1978*, 1979*, (15-DI) 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(9) - 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference regular season championships
(14) - 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2019
*Division II

HistoryEdit

The program first started at the varsity level in 1958. Since then, the team has a cumulative record of 433–326, combined DI and DII.

Towson won the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1974 defeating Hobart 18–17 in overtime, in the very first Division II championship tournament.

The coach is currently Shawn Nadelen, who is in his fifth year at that position. The team plays its home games in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Towson has competed in the Colonial Athletic Association for lacrosse since 2002, with the conference tournament format commencing in 2003. Previously being a member of the East Coast Conference and the America East Conference.[2]

The Tigers have made 14 NCAA tournaments.[2] In the 1991 NCAA tournament, under coach Carl Runk, Towson recorded their first NCAA Division I tournament victory, defeating Virginia, 14–13. That season, they went on to also defeat Princeton and Maryland, before falling to North Carolina in the championship game, 18–13.

In the 2001 edition of the tournament, Towson reached the Final Four, defeating Duke and Maryland, before losing to Princeton, 11–12.

In the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, Towson upset NCAA tournament seed Penn State to gain the Colonial conference title, losing in the first round 16–6 to #3 seed Ohio State. Also the Tigers won 10–8 in the play-in game, followed by a close 12–10 loss to eventual finalist Notre Dame in 2015.[3]

In the 2019 season, Towson reached the #1 ranking in all three major NCAA Lacrosse polls for the first time in the school's history as a Division 1 school.[4]

Notable players and coachesEdit

Season ResultsEdit

The following is a list of Towson's results by season since the institution of NCAA Division I in 1971:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Carl Runk (Independent) (1968–1982)
1971 Carl Runk 13–1
1972 Carl Runk 12–6 USILA College Division Semifinals
1973 Carl Runk 11–4 USILA College Division Semifinals
1974 Carl Runk 14–1 NCAA Division II Champion
1975 Carl Runk 6–11 NCAA Division II Final Four
1976 Carl Runk 8–6 NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
1977 Carl Runk 8–8 NCAA Division II First Round
1978 Carl Runk 8–7 NCAA Division II Quarterfinals
1979 Carl Runk 10–6 NCAA Division II Final Four
1980 Carl Runk 5–6
1981 Carl Runk 7–7
1982 Carl Runk 4–9
Carl Runk (East Coast Conference) (1983–1992)
1983 Carl Runk 10–4 6–0 1st
1984 Carl Runk 8–5 5–1
1985 Carl Runk 8–5 5–1 T–1st
1986 Carl Runk 8–6 5–1
1987 Carl Runk 10–3 6–0 1st
1988 Carl Runk 8–5 5–1
1989 Carl Runk 9–5 4–2 NCAA Division I First Round
1990 Carl Runk 11–2 6–0 1st
1991 Carl Runk 12–4 4–0 1st NCAA Division I Runner–Up
1992 Carl Runk 9–3 1–1 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Carl Runk (Independent) (1993–1995)
1993 Carl Runk 6–5
1994 Carl Runk 7–5 NCAA Division I First Round
1995 Carl Runk 6–5
Carl Runk (America East Conference) (1996–1998)
1996 Carl Runk 9–5 5–1 NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1997 Carl Runk 5–7 4–2
1998 Carl Runk 5–7 3–2
Carl Runk: 262–161 (.619) 59–12 (.831)
Tony Seaman (America East Conference) (1999–2001)
1999 Tony Seaman 5–8 3–2
2000 Tony Seaman 3–10 2–3
2001 Tony Seaman 14–4 5–0 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
Tony Seaman (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2011)
2002 Tony Seaman 7–5 4–2 3rd
2003 Tony Seaman 9–6 5–0 1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2004 Tony Seaman 11–5 5–0 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2005 Tony Seaman 11–5 4–1 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
2006 Tony Seaman 8–6 5–1 2nd
2007 Tony Seaman 9–7 5–1 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
2008 Tony Seaman 5–9 3–3 T–3rd
2009 Tony Seaman 7–10 4–2 2nd
2010 Tony Seaman 7–8 4–1 1st
2011 Tony Seaman 3–10 1–5 6th
Tony Seaman: 99–93 (.516) 50–21 (.704)
Shawn Nadelen (Colonial Athletic Association) (2012–Present)
2012 Shawn Nadelen 7–8 2–4 T–3rd
2013 Shawn Nadelen 10–8 4–2 3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2014 Shawn Nadelen 8–7 2–3 4th
2015 Shawn Nadelen 12–6 3–2 T–2nd NCAA Division I First Round
2016 Shawn Nadelen 16–3 4–1 T–1st NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2017 Shawn Nadelen 12–5 4–1 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
2018 Shawn Nadelen 7–8 3–2 T–2nd
2019 Shawn Nadelen 11–5 4–1 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
2020 Shawn Nadelen 0–6 0–0
Shawn Nadelen: 83–56 (.597) 26–16 (.619)
Total: 472–344 (.578)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

†NCAA canceled 2020 collegiate activities due to the COVID-19 virus.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Correct Use of the Towson University Athletics Logo Graphics (PDF). Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "2013 Quick Facts" (PDF). Towson University. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  3. ^ Devitte, Kyle (12 May 2013). "In-Game Blog: Towson-Ohio State". InsideLacrosse.com. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. ^ Towson University (4 March 2019). "TU men's lacrosse ranked No. 1 in the country in three major polls". News & Media. Towson University. Retrieved 4 March 2019.