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18 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I think it’s safe to say the general public is tired of hearing about the NFL right now — so let’s talk some baseball instead! How bout dem… (No. NO. No no no no no! You’re going to jinx them! Don’t do it! We haven’t been this close to the holy grail of baseball in years! Stop right there!) Oh, all right then… um, let’s talk basketball! Well, I mean, we could talk about basketball…  except the NBA season is still a month and a half out and Team USA dominated the FIBA World Cup championship game against Serbia. So… yeah. Let’s talk hockey, then! Wait, what? […] Read the full story »

Cross Country, Sports »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Aaron Mazer, Contributing Writer
Following an impressive performance at the Baltimore Metro meet earlier this month, Towson, led by their seniors, finished in second as a team at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday. The host Blue Hens took the title, followed by the Tigers. Seton Hall finished in third place. Senior Elisabeth Tauber had a strong individual performance in the 6K run for the Tigers, finishing in third place with a time of 23 minutes, 11.48 seconds for her second straight top three finish. Seniors Ashley Simmons and Kara Bucaro both turned in quality results in the 6K race. Simmons finished in sixth with a time of 23:42.13, while Bucaro came in seventh at […] Read the full story »

Field Hockey, Sports »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Young, Contributing Writer
The Tigers (1-4) split their weekend games, finishing with a 2-1, overtime loss to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (1-5) on Sunday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. However, Towson earned its first win of the year Saturday by a score of 4-3 against the No. 18 American Eagles in College Park, Maryland. Lehigh went on the offensive to begin Sunday’s game, taking six shots in the first three minutes. Its first goal was scored right on the two-minute mark, when forward Gabby Tofig (second goal of the season) gathered her own rebound to put the ball into the net giving the Mountain Hawks a 1-0 lead. Nine minutes in, Towson […] Read the full story »

Sports, Volleyball »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
The Tigers didn’t leave the Alabama Tournament with their perfect record intact, after a 3-0 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. Towson (9-1) began the tournament with three wins against the Citadel Bulldogs (3-7), Savannah St. Tigers (2-7) and Southern Miss Eagles (9-4). The Tigers held all three teams scoreless. However, the Tigers couldn’t find a way to win a set against the Crimson Tide (8-2). “What’s interesting is when we broke down the match with the girls, our girls actually had more kills, assists and digs,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “Our team played at a high level, but just made a couple more […] Read the full story »

Soccer, Sports, Women's Soccer »

Read and Pinkney contribute goals in a 2-0 win over UMBC
15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jordan Cope, Contributing Writer
Coming off of a 1-0 loss to the Loyal Greyhounds (4-4) on Friday night in the Battle of Baltimore Tournament, Towson (3-4-1) earned a 2-0 victory over the UMBC Retrievers (5-2) on Sunday at the Tiger Soccer Complex. “After Friday’s loss to Loyola, Assistant Coach Mike Eckberg challenged the team, and I thought that they responded really well,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. The Tigers got out to a fast start after senior forward Sofia Read scored just four minutes and 34 seconds into the match with an assist from sophomore forward Natalia Pinkney. “It’s always nice to get out to a fast start,” Paynter said. “It’s […] Read the full story »

Featured, Headline, Sports »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Correction (9/16): Kelsey Fielder is not the captain of the field hockey team. The Towerlight apologizes for this error. At Towson, as is the case at most colleges in the country, football and basketball dominate the athletic department. They are the most widely attended and widely talked about sports. But as the popularity of these sports grow at colleges around the nation, several issues are shifting the playing field of collegiate athletics, including conference restructuring and pay-for-play agreements. On Aug. 7, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors voted to give autonomy to the “Big Five” athletic conferences: the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12, […] Read the full story »

Columns, Sports, Talk Nerdy to Me »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Editor’s note: This column was written prior to the end of Sunday’s Week 2 games. Every quarterback feels the pressure of playing in the National Football League. Some of them deal with it better than others. Remember Ryan Leaf? He’s in prison now. Then, you have guys such as Matt Ryan who make a name for themselves by thriving under pressure. Of course, there’s the other kind of pressure that quite literally means they are being pressured snap after snap; the kind of pressure that is applied by J.J. Watt and other top defensive players in the league. So this week, we’ll use statistics to see which […] Read the full story »

Sports, Tennis »

15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Aaron Mazer, Contributing Writer
Towson opened up its 2014-15 season with the annual Tiger Classic this weekend. It welcomed the likes of Delaware, Mount St. Mary’s, Saint Joseph’s, UMBC, Loyola and George Washington to the Towson Center Courts on Friday for the three-day tournament. Although the tournament doesn’t count toward overall records, the Tiger Classic proved important for the team and Head Coach Doug Neagle, who only has three returning athletes on his team. The Tigers opened up the tournament against Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, cruising to victory by sweeping all four singles matches, as well as getting a much-needed doubles win. Barbora Vasilkova, Lucy Williams, Sophie Lesage and senior […] Read the full story »

Football, Headline, Sports »

13 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Down 7-3 at halftime in at a rain-soaked Alumni Stadium in Dover, Delaware, Towson was heading toward a loss to the Delaware State Hornets, what would have been its third consecutive defeat to begin the 2014 season. It certainly wasn’t the outcome Towson had in mind after blowing out Delaware State, 49-7, last season. Head Coach Rob Ambrose spoke words of encouragement at halftime, despite the deficit. “I told them that there was no question in anybody’s mind that we could win the game,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “We just had to go out, do our job, do it together and get excited about doing it. […] Read the full story »

Football, Headline, Sports »

12 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Towson left West Virginia on Saturday with 54-0 loss fresh in its mind and an 0-2 record. It certainly wasn’t a position the team and its fans thought it would be in at this point in the season. The 0-2 start is the first for the Tigers since 1991, a span that features eight losing seasons, including a 1-10 season in 2010. It’s unfamiliar territory for the FCS runner ups from just a season ago. Head Coach Rob Ambrose said he learned a lot about his young team despite the poor start. “I’ve got too many guys that feel sorry for themselves and don’t want to work […] Read the full story »