Towson accomplished its preseason objective of qualifying for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. But as the No. 4 seed, the Tigers get the unenviable assignment of trying to upend top-seeded Massachusetts in Wednesday’s semifinal round in Amherst, Mass.
The Minutemen are the only remaining unbeaten team in Division I, going 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference. They routed Towson, 14-3, in Amherst on April 7.
The odds would not appear to be in the Tigers’ favor, but coach Shawn Nadelen predicted that the players would not be intimidated by the task before them.
“They’re a great team, there’s no doubt about it,” he said Monday. “They’ve had terrific success this year, but they’ve got to step on the field just as we do and play the game. Both teams are Division I lacrosse teams. We’re worrying about Towson and understanding what UMass does and why they do it. But Towson has to get out there and play their best game, and UMass has to get out there and play their best game. Whoever is the better team that night will earn that victory.”