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Wisconsin Whitewater ended Towson's hopes of returning to a third-straight Final Four. Paced by solid defense and a potent back line, the Warhawks dismantled Towson 38-3.
From the onset, Whitewater established the pace of the game. The Warhawks spent the first five minutes on the Tiger goal line. However, strong defense and several knock-ons allowed the Tigers to clear there line. The first half was extremely back and forth but remained scoreless for the first 25 minutes. Towson's best chance at a try came off a scrum inside the Warhawks 22. The No. 8 picked and went right but was stripped of the ball on the goal line.
The first points of the game came when the referee penalized a Whitewater player for coming in the side of a ruck. The Towson kicker slotted the penalty giving them a 3-0 advantage.
Whitewater responded quickly with a try in the corner from left wing Matthew Drzewiecki. Scoring the first of four tries on the day, Drzewiecki used his tremendous pace and strength to carve up the Towson defense.
The Warhawks went into the break with a 12-3 lead and proceeded to dominate the second half with consistent tackling. They have allowed only four tries all season, and their strong defensive shape and overall physical nature will make them a tough opponent to break down.
The Whitewater pack deserves great praise as they completely dominated the Towson pack in the second half. They drove every scrum forward, and continuously disrupted or stole every Towson put in. Lock Ben Landry paced the forwards with strong running and intense tackling.
The War Hawks will face the Northern Lights champion and familiar foe Minnesota-Duluth for a place in the National Title game.
Tries: Drzewiecki 4, Heim 2
Convs: Healy 4