Year in Preview 2013: Sports
After losing five seniors to graduation, Towson underclassmen will need to step up this season.
Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk is prepping for the task of turning a team with 40 percent freshmen into one that can contend for a conference title and beyond. The Tigers recently joined the likes of Maryland and North Carolina in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League.
Chliszczyk said the team is not looking at big picture just yet, instead focusing on scoring high in each meet. She said she hopes that the team can score upwards of 194 points in each meet of the season.
Towson will travel to William & Mary for its first meet of the year Saturday, Jan. 12. The Tigers will make their Towson Center debut Jan. 26, hosting Bridgeport, Lindenwood and Ursinus.
Doc the Tiger
For the full football and half a basketball season, Doc the Tiger, Towson’s enthusiastic mascot, has been bringing Towson pride.
Doc has lifted Towson spirits, whether it be at games or just wandering around campus high-fiving everyone he encounters.
Doc is also known to dress for the seasons, his latest garb being a full Santa suit for the holidays. There’s no telling what other outfits he’ll don in the spring as he walks the bleachers during lacrosse games.
After starting the season on a 10-game road trip, Towson (4-6) will play nine games at home, including its home opener Saturday Dec. 15 against North Dakota State.
Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon is leading the Tigers, averaging 17.1 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. He has six “double-doubles” on the season so far.
The Tigers are playing a nine-man rotation that includes seven new faces.
Towson will end the 2012 calendar year at Oregon State before beginning conference play on Jan. 2 against UNC-Wilmington. The toughest part of the schedule should be a two-game home stretch against William & Mary and Northeastern Jan. 9 and 12.
Swimming & Diving
The women’s swimming and diving team are dominating the season so far, and look to keep it up in the second half. The women end the first half with an impressive 6-0 overall record, and a 4-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The men’s team aims to improve its 2-3 overall record and its 0-3 record in the CAA in the second half of the season with some big wins.
The team has one home meet left and will compete on the road for the rest of them. Both the men and the women plan to finish strong and make a run at the CAA Championships.
After the initial athletics recommendations were released in early October that would see the end of the men’s soccer and baseball programs, no final announcement has been made. Originally, there was supposed to be a decision by mid-November.
The Athletics Task Force assigned by President Maravene Loeschke to investigate these recommendations has come back with its decision, in favor of the recommendations.
Now it is up to the President to make the final decision. According to email announcements the office of the president has made, she will review all the information and will have a final decision by the end of winter break.
Towson will start the home strength with a home stretch that will last until January.
After home games against Bucknell, Delaware State and Maine, the Tigers will begin conference play against Drexel.
The headline game of the second half of the season for the Tigers is Feb. 7, when Delaware visits the Towson Center.
The Blue Hens are led by All-American guard/forward Elena Delle Donne.
Towson’s freshman guard Dominique Johnson will rejoin the Tigers. She is expected to contribute at point guard after sitting out for the first semester of the academic year.