1) Towson's offense vs. Hofstra's defense. The Tigers are scoring an average of just 8.4 goals, but they have benefitted greatly from the contributions of DeNapoli, sophomore attackman Cory Dobyns (seven goals and two assists in the last four games) and junior midfielder Andrew Hodgson (6, 1). The offense will be challenged by a Pride defense that leads the country in allowing just 6.6 goals per contest. "There's going to be a few different ways to approach it," Towson coach Shawn Nadelen said of attacking Hofstra. "Systematically, they're a very good team that is disciplined in what they do. They're structured and they allow limited opportunities for offenses. So we've got to be able to potentially generate some transition looks, but within our six-on-six half-field sets, we've got to be able to be patient while we're being aggressive. We're not trying to make rushed decisions. We want to work for good opportunities and try to wear them down."
2) Towson's man-up offense vs. Hofstra's man-down defense. One area in which the Tigers might be able to make a dent is when they get extra-man opportunities. The man-up unit has converted 33.3 percent (13-of-39) of its chances and Dobyns leads the team with seven man-up goals. But the Pride ranks ninth in the nation in man-down defense, shutting down 77.4 percent (24-of-31) of opponents' extra-man opportunities. "I think going into this game, it's always something that you pride yourself on in special teams," Nadelen said. "… Our guys are going to have to be sharp, they're going to have to be disciplined, and we're really going to have to work the ball well to get a good opportunity on-cage."