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Fans, faculty, staff get pumped up for game day

3 January 2014 By Matthew Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments

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Towson President Maravene Loeschke and Athletic Director Tim Leonard helped to bring a taste of Tigertown to the Dallas area, as the two hosted the Tiger Fan Fest on Friday night, which saw hundred of Towson fans, alumni and staff.

Loeschke and Leonard both addressed the raucous crowd, attempting to inspire them before Saturday’s National Championship game against North Dakota State.

Leonard spoke about how the event was new for the Tiger faithful, but that made it more enjoyable.

“It was a lot of energy and excitement. I don’t think this institution has had the opportunity to have these types of events. This is a first for many [Towson fans],” Leonard said. “Our fans don’t take this stuff for granted and we just want to keep doing it all the time.”

Leonard is in the midst of his first year at Towson, which he said has been successful so far. However, he is not surprised.

“There’s a very surreal element to it. I just get here and haven’t even unpacked my office yet and I’m meeting new people, but here we are playing for a National Championship,” Leonard said. “This is what I expected when I got the job.”

Although the Pep Band was not able to make it due to flight delays, those in attendance sang the Towson fight song together.

The Fan Fest comes after a slew of events for the Tigers, who took part in an event Thursday in which each player accompanied a child with a disability. Loeschke, who said she believes the Tigers will win Saturday, said that the team is going about its week in good fashion.

“I could not be more proud of how they are conducting themselves. They are giving Towson a fabulous name,” Loeschke said. “They are incredibly focused on this game and have a quiet confidence to them. They expected to win [Saturday].”

Towson will face off against North Dakota State Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

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