NCAA Lacrosse: Penn State Defeats UMass, Slated to Face Towson in CAA Final
In the wild world of conference tournaments, the CAA is a league that the whole country is watching this week. Penn State is the top seed in the league and is looking to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a CAA Conference Title.
Penn State held off the University of Massachusetts yesterday by a score of 10-7, giving them the opportunity to play Towson in the championship game.
Penn State is now 12-3 on the year, and head coach Jeff Tambroni has high hopes for his squad. Penn State's Shane Sturgis had four goals and an assist in the victory, while a tough defensive effort kept UMass under 10 goals.
Luckily for the Nittany Lions, the Towson Tigers were able to upset No. 2 seed Drexel last night. Drexel was playing good lacrosse, but a hungry Towson team showed it had enough in the tank to hold a three-goal lead at the final whistle. Towson is now 9-7, and a conference championship is the only way they will advance to the NCAA tournament.
Towson will be playing for their postseason lives and are riding high after the upset victory over Drexel. Towson had a tough schedule this year, but has persevered to find themselves in the position they are in. Towson's defense was gritty against a potent Drexel attack, keeping the Dragons under the 10-goal mark. Tiger goalie Andrew Wascavage was brilliant, and must continue his hot play if Towson wants to make a run at a league championship.
As we look ahead to Selection Sunday, every contender in the nation is pulling for Penn State to hold their course and win the championship. If Penn State were to lose, Towson would gain the automatic bid, and the Nittany Lions would most likely take up a valuable at-large bid from another conference. The CAA only deserves to have one team in the tournament, but this year, the games have been everything but predictable. If Towson takes up an NCAA bid, there will be plenty of superior teams missing out on postseason play.
The CAA was very smart in having their semifinals on Wednesday. With eight conference tournament games going on today, they were able to have the spotlight all to themselves.
We will know even more about the tournament outlook tomorrow, so stay tuned to Bleacher Report as Selection Sunday approaches.
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