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22 Aug 2014 | One Comment
Every year, The Towerlight prepares incoming students (both new freshmen and transfers) to attend Towson. This year, we have everything you need to know about Towson to make the transition into Tiger life seamless. For even more Survival Guide content, pick up a print edition today. Survival Guide: Words of Wisdom Advice from current TU students, faculty and administrators on how to maximize your time at Towson. Fighting off the Freshman 15 Worried about staying healthy now that you’re away from home? Read The Towerlight’s tips on how to keep the Freshman 15 off. The best-kept secrets on campus Find out what you might be missing out […] Read the full story »

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Former Towson gymnast makes history on hit TV competition r
14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
The horn sounds and Kacy Catanzaro leaps on to the first Quintuple step, takes three small steps and continues that routine for the next three steps. She then runs up to the Log Roll, locks her hands and feet around the structure and slides down the obstacle, enduring two drops along the way. Three obstacles to go. Catanzaro stares down the red titling tables and sprints across, slipping as she exits, eliciting a gasp from the crowd. She secures herself, standing up, on the swing jump and leaps toward the cargo net, grabs it and pulls herself to the next obstacle. One more obstacle. She takes a […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | No Comments
With former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling now suspended for life from the NBA, the possibility of selling the team is much higher, with an owners vote looming as well as a lawsuit against the league by Sterling. Sherman Ragland, a successful real estate developer and 1984 graduate of Towson, is planning to make a run at investing in the Clippers. He spoke with The Towerlight about his plans and thoughts on the Donald Sterling scandal.   Can you give us some information about how you got interested in buying the Clippers? My brother-in-law happens to own a professional basketball team in the United Kingdom called […] Read the full story »

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Towson drops first game of CAA tournament, will play Thursday
7 May 2014 | No Comments | By Payam Agha-Ghassem, Staff Writer
The fourth-seeded Towson Tigers fell to the top-seeded James Madison Dukes 3-2 in the first game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. The game was a stark contrast from the three-game series the two teams played in early April where the Dukes outscored the Tigers 30-2. Junior Missy McCormick, the Tigers’ No. 1 starter, allowed two earned runs over six innings. In her last two starts against JMU, McCormick pitched a combined eight and two-thirds innings and allowed 14 earned runs. “She threw great today,” Head Coach Lisa Costello said. “She had a better command of the zone and she’s improved steadily ever since […] Read the full story »

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Freshman midfielder Gildea scores game-winning goal to seal 12-11, OT win
4 May 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
When freshman midfielder Michelle Gildea entered the starting lineup April 11 against William & Mary, it was a case of right-place, right-time for Towson. Gildea made an immediate impact, using her speed to get past defenders and to the net. On Sunday, it was the same for Gildea. With 35 seconds remaining in the first overtime period of the Colonial Athletic Association championship game, freshman Gabby Cha found Gildea wide open in the center of the circle, where Gildea caught the pass and beat James Madison goalie Schylar Healy to clinch the 12-11 win. “We switched Michelle from a defensive sub to our second-line midfield,” Head Coach […] Read the full story »

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1 May 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
Towson blew a 9-6 fourth-quarter lead en route to an 11-10 overtime loss to the Drexel Dragons on Friday afternoon in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals in Philadelphia, Pa. The loss ends the season for Towson. “Unfortunately, everything good has to end eventually,” senior captain and defenseman John Fennessy said. After a Drexel rally, Towson (8-7) managed to tie the game at 10 in the fourth quarter, but a goal from Drexel’s (11-4) Ryan Belka gave the Dragons the win in a close battle. The Tigers started the game off in a two-goal hole, but goals from junior midfielder Justin Mabus and sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty helped […] Read the full story »

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Freshman claims invididual title as TU comes in second
27 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Kati Day, Staff Writer
Towson finished their season this weekend at the Colonial Athletic Association championship at the Founders Club in St. James Plantation, N.C. The Tigers finished second with a three-day total of 881, just seven strokes behind first-place College of Charleston. Freshman Juan Veloza won the individual title on the final day after shooting a three-under-par 69. “My priority was to bring in a good score for the team and hopefully we could win,” Veloza said. “I just wanted to play the best I could.” Veloza finished the first round with a two-over-par, 74 on the 6,784-yard course, but made strides on the second day after carding a bogey-free […] Read the full story »

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Tigers score six runs as senior pitches seven innings
23 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Entering Wednesday’s home game against Mount St. Mary’s, pitching was a concern for Towson. Over the previous three games, the Tigers allowed opponents to score a total of 31 runs, and the rotation suffered yet another injury; this time junior right-hander Chris Acker was the casualty. Head Coach Mike Gottlieb turned to senior reliever Greg Baruka to start Wednesday’s non-conference matchup, despite the fact that Baruka had not started a game all season. And Baruka did not disappoint. The right-hander earned the win for Towson as he pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits. He also struck out six batters in the Tigers […] Read the full story »

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Dance team comes from behind to win National title
19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor
Towson’s dance team found itself in an unfamiliar spot after the first day of competition in the National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championship on April 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla.: second place. Winning 15 consecutive championships up to that point, Towson’s second place preliminary round finish, its first since 2004, was not expected. “We were a little bit confused because … our coaches kept saying this is the best routine we’ve ever done, this is the most prepared we’ve been,” senior Rachel Petti said. “But we weren’t discouraged at all. We were very confident because we felt that our routine was strong enough.” The preliminary scores (out of […] Read the full story »

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Towson piles up 12 hits in 4-2 win over Bucknell at Schuerholz Park
16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
After lasting only 2.2 innings and giving up three runs in the process on April 9, sophomore Joe Patton took the mound a week later against the Bucknell Bison at John B. Schuerholz Park. The right-hander turned things around in Towson’s non-conference matchup, as he held the Bison scoreless through five innings and ultimately earned the win in Towson’s 4-2 win. Patton only gave up two hits and two earned runs in five innings of work, while striking out four. Patton said his fastball was what worked for him Wednesday. “It was moving a lot and it was dropping a lot so I had hitters swinging over […] Read the full story »