With Drexel being the fourth seed in a four-team field, it would’ve taken an extraordinary effort for the Dragons to have won the Colonial Athletic Association lacrosse tournament and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Drexel upset top-seed and home-standing Massachusetts in the semifinals on Thursday but could not keep the momentum rolling.

Second-seeded Towson used a five-goal run to end the second quarter to assume control and went on a 16-14 victory over the Dragons. Drexel had used a four-goal run to tie the score at seven, but then Towson mashed down on the pedal.

Trailing by seven after three quarters, Drexel (7-8) rallied with five straight goals but ultimately came up short.

“They took advantage of our mistakes,” Drexel coach Brian Voelker said of the run by Towson. “We made some costly turnovers and they took advantage of each one of them.”

The Tigers won the CAA for a fourth time in five years.

For Drexel, Reid Bowering had three goals and an assist and finished with 47 goals, the second-most in school history.