After a year away, the 44th Annual Crab Pot Tournament is upon us and what better way to go into it than looking at the participants?? This will be a tour of the team and their stats according to the ACHA website– so if anything is inaccurate– go to them about it. This installment features the Towson University Tigers.
After a couple of lean years, the Towson Tigers looked to turn the corner this season, especially in the first part of the season. The Tigers went to Mercyhurst and took two crucial road match-ups against the Lakers, but that’s when things started to wobble a bit. They played tough on the road against Duquesne and a big win over Lehigh in their own arena. November gave Towson some tight wins against George Mason and Villanova, but also some tough losses against Temple and IUP. It wasn’t a bright end of the year, as December through the end of the season, Towson dropped nine of their last ten, the lone win coming against Stevenson.
Justin Brown and Tyler Mercier led the way for the Tigers offensively, with Brown leading in points and assists, while Mercier potted 16 goals on the year to lead the team. Jack Callaghan added some punch on the special teams with four power play goals, while Drew Lustig was crucial on the point with seven assists and 14 points to lead the way defensively. Daniel Ludwig was plenty busy in net, facing an average of 34 shots in his 22 games, while the team overall gave up 5.16 goals per game while only scoring at a 3.26 clip.
A runner-up in the 2020 Crab Pot, the Tigers are no strangers to success at the Crab Pot with six championships– the last coming 2018. They’ve played every team in the tournament, with their lone win against any squad being against their opponent on Friday in Stevenson. It also was their last win of the season thus far, so you have to think that the motivation will be high to get back into the title round and aim for their seventh title.
Though it’s been an odd rotation for this Towson squad they kept hunkering down and facing the challenges that were through at them. Icing on the cake for their difficult season would be another Crab Pot title, but they have a couple more hills to climb before getting to that pinnacle.