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Early goal proves to be game winner at Towson on Friday in first home game of the 2014 season
1 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer
Coming off of a 2-0 win over the Xavier Musketeers (0-2-0) in the JMU invitational, Towson (1-1-1) fell to the DePaul Blue Demons, 1-0, on Friday afternoon in their home opener at the Tiger Soccer Complex. “DePaul’s a very good team,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “They’re an NCAA tournament team and they showed that in the first half and maybe we gave them a little too much respect.” The Blue Demons controlled the ball for most of the first half, putting senior goalkeeper Erin Quinn and the rest of the Tigers defensive line to the test. The Tigers continued to put up a fight, but with […] Read the full story »

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1 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
What is WAR good for? This semester, I’m reading “WAR and Peace.” All’s fair in love and WAR. An act of WAR. Did you see “WAR of the Worlds” yet? OK, that’s enough wins above replacement puns for the time being, so let’s get to the good stuff. For the uninitiated, WAR in sabermetrics — advanced statistics in baseball — is actually a relatively simple concept on its surface. The baseball website Fangraphs defines WAR as, “an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic.” For position players, it means taking into account how that player hits, […] Read the full story »

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1 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
The Tigers kicked off the season by winning all three sets against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Friday night. Towson (1-0) started things off with an even matchup in the first set, as it lead 12-11, until three consecutive kills from sophomore middle blocker Candace Steadman gave the Tigers a 14-12 lead. Towson had an 19-14 lead and went on to score seven straight points to win the first set 25-14. UMass Lowell didn’t help their cause during the Tigers’ big run, as six of those seven points came off of attacking errors by the River Hawks. The second set started off the same way as the […] Read the full story »

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1 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
  Football Eight months have passed since Towson fell to the North Dakota State Bison in the Football Championship Subdivision Championship Game in Frisco, Texas. Still, the energy from the championship game run resonates throughout the program and community. “It’s exciting that people are finally understanding that you get up every morning and you’re going to win a National Championship,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said.  “All of a sudden they say ‘You know what? I don’t care what anyone says, I can be the best at what I’m doing.’ And I love hearing that. That now happens because of what our guys have done. If that’s not […] Read the full story »

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Blue Devils' last-minute drive tops Towson
31 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
It was a familiar scene: Fans, all dressed in yellow, crowded the stands for Towson football. However, it wasn’t the Football Championship Subdivision championship game and the opponent wasn’t the North Dakota State Bison. This time it was the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, a team that finished 4-8 last season. But the game ended the same way, a crushing loss for the Tigers on Saturday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium. “Give credit to Central Connecticut,” Head Coach Rob Ambrose said. “They came to play and knock off the supposed big boy and did just that. … I’ve said time and time again to these guys that […] Read the full story »

Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports »

21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After playing limited minutes in the Orlando Summer League with the Miami Heat, former Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon fought back in the Las Vegas Summer League with the Denver Nuggets. After finishing first among all players who appeared in at least three Las Vegas Summer League games in rebounds, Benimon signed a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the Nuggets. Although Benimon had interest from several teams, including the Utah Jazz, according to the website RealGM, he had familiarity with the Nuggets. In three games in Las Vegas, Benimon averaged 27 minutes per game, 10.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Benimon played out-of-position at center for Denver, […] Read the full story »

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Statistics during warm-up action doesn’t always translate to success in the regular season for many
21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Most of The Towerlight’s sports columns in the past have focused a lot on strictly opinion. And I’m an opinionated guy. Those who still hate me for hating Ray Lewis are aware of that. But I’m going to mix it up this semester with a weekly column completely focused on using statistics to build arguments. Are stats the end-all, be-all of sports writing? Absolutely not. My subscription to NFL Rewind confirms that. Part of what makes sports writing so tough is that in order to properly evaluate players and teams in any sport, you have to merge using statistics of all kinds and the so-called “eye test.” […] Read the full story »

Baseball, Sports »

21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Nicole Gould, Staff Writer
Dirt flies across the pitchers’ rubber and escapes into the air as Delmarva Shorebirds pitcher Nik Nowottnick’s metal spikes dig into the mound, getting a solid grip before the first pitch. The smooth feel of the leather ball rolls across his fingertips as his eyes look over the glove toward the catcher. He’s decided on a pitch. The roar of the crowd increases. He lifts his head out from behind the glove and the ball flies out of his right hand, as he whips a 90 mph pitch, 60 feet toward home plate. Strike. This is one of many scenarios that Nowottnick, a former Towson baseball standout, […] Read the full story »

Football, Sports »

21 Aug 2014 | One Comment | By Matt Hamilton
It’s the same Terrance West we all know from three years of Towson games, but he’s traded in the black and yellow of Towson for the brown and orange of the Cleveland Browns. The competition has also gotten much tougher, as he’s lining up against veteran NFL linemen in lieu of college ones. “I love the fans. I love big stages. I love the lights and I love big atmospheres,” he told the Browns’ website. A lot has happened to West since May 9. An entire summer has changed West’s career path, joining the Browns for rookie minicamp, team minicamp, training camp and now preseason games. It’s […] Read the full story »

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Senior wide receiver looks for comeback from 2013 ankle injury
21 Aug 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
Spencer Wilkins still has the towel that he hung over his head in disappointment in Richmond on Oct. 26 of last year. It was a 48-32 win, but the game meant much more for the Towson senior wide receiver. “I remember it vividly, just like it was last week,” he said at the team’s media day on Wednesday. “I keep [the towel] around with me as just a reminder that this game could be taken from you any minute.” Wilkins knows this reality all too well, as he suffered a broken ankle in the game against Richmond. The injury ended his season and kept him out of […] Read the full story »