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Tigers upset No. 11 Minutemen, clinch bid to conference tourney
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
Towson bounced back from last week’s loss and upset the No. 11 Massachusetts Minutemen, 6-5, on Saturday. The win gives the team an automatic bid in the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs. “Can’t even describe how big of a win this was, especially coming off of the loss last week,” junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello, who led the team with two goals in the game, said. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) started off the game with a quick goal, but senior attacker Thomas DeNapoli scored right after to tie the game at one. Cuccinello followed up with two goals of his own to give the Tigers (8-3, 2-1 CAA) a […] Read the full story »

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Towson coaches following their passion without pay
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Athletic coaches are becoming celebrities on Towson’s campus. Rob Ambrose and Pat Skerry appear on sports talk radio shows in the area and have become as much of a face as the school president or the student leaders on campus. But behind the head coaches of athletic teams at the University are the smaller names – many of whom work for free. The Towerlight spoke to two volunteer coaches from both lacrosse teams about what volunteering means to them, and why they choose to balance the team and their paid jobs outside of the athletic department. Scott Rodgers, Men’s Lacrosse Although Scott Rodgers has received a number […] Read the full story »

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Towson suffers a three-game sweep to Charleston at home
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
After its first Colonial Athletic Association series got cancelled due to rain, Towson started its conference campaign this weekend with a home series against College of Charleston. It’s not the start the Tigers wanted, however, as the Cougars walked away with a three-game sweep, dropping Towson to the bottom of the conference. Charleston (21-10, 4-2 CAA) used a 10-run ninth inning to defeat Towson 14-5 on Friday before squeaking out a 5-3 win on Saturday. And while the Tigers (14-12, 0-3 CAA) and Cougars were tied through five innings on Sunday, Charleston held off a late Towson run to win the third and final game of the […] Read the full story »

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Patton earns win as Tigers allow just two hits in 4-1 win
2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
A day removed from a 10-3 loss to St. John’s in Queens, N.Y., Towson returned home for just its third game at John B. Schuerholz Park this season. Six of the Tigers’ home games this season were postponed or cancelled due to rain, but the sun shined down on the field Wednesday against Delaware State. Wednesday’s game proved to be a good tune up for this weekend’s conference opener, as the Tigers took down the Hornets 4-1. “It’s important,” Head Coach Mike Gottlieb said of the win. “We think we’re a good team. We certainly have not been all the time, and we really pitched well today.” […] Read the full story »

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2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Towson carried the burden of high expectations and one goal: make it to the postseason. The Tigers were predicted by many to win the Colonial Athletic Association and make the NCAA Tournament, and senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was the Preseason CAA Player of the Year. And while Head Coach Pat Skerry’s team came up just short of a CAA title and an NCAA Tournament berth, the Tigers set multiple program records en route to a quarterfinal appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. “Obviously it’s important and something I’ve talked about here,” Skerry said of making the postseason. “Just under 40 percent of […] Read the full story »

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2 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Kati Day, Staff Writer
After a shaky start to its home tournament, Towson regained its footing and finished tied for fourth among a field of 22 schools. The Tigers hosted the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational on Monday and Tuesday despite the rain and wind that cancelled the first round on Sunday. Head Coach Brian Yaniger was also able to reach the 1,000-win plateau. “Well, the players had 100 wins. Its all a matter of having good, quality players,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to have really good players but more importantly, quality people.” Virginia Commonwealth, who had a combined total of 598 for the two-day tournament, finished in first place, followed by […] Read the full story »

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Seider’s four goals not enough as Tigers suffer first CAA loss
30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Tyler Beard, Staff Writer
Towson’s six-game winning streak was snapped, as the Hofstra Pride gave the Tigers their first conference loss by a score of 9-7 on Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y. “It was a tough game tonight,” junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello said. “Offensively, we are very frustrated with our performance because we let down our defense by only scoring seven goals.” Towson (7-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and Hofstra (6-3, 3-0 CAA) battled in the first half and went into halftime with the score tied at 4-4. The Pride began to take over in third quarter though, as they went on a 3-1 run and took a 7-5 lead into the […] Read the full story »

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McQuilkin’s late goal helps No. 19 Towson get over .500
30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor
Down 9-8 with less than a minute remaining, Towson lost possession and it seemed it would lose the game as well. Delaware defender Kierstan Smith took the ball behind her net and let crucial time run off the clock. Delaware was going to finish off a comeback in which it overcame a 6-1 halftime deficit. Then, Smith got trapped by three Tiger defenders and let go of the ball. It landed on the stick of freshman defender Kelly McQuilkin, who evaded a defender and scored her first career goal with 5.9 seconds remaining to tie the game and avoid the collapse. “I saw the time on the […] Read the full story »

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Tigers finish in first in only home meet of season
30 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Kati Day, Staff Writer
The Tigers hosted the Towson Invitational, their first home meet of the season, this past Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Despite the rain and cold winds, the team swept the field and placed first in overall team scores with a score of 247. Navy finished in second with a score of 185, while Delaware finished in third place with a final score of 114. The Tigers stormed the track this weekend and claimed 11 first-place finishes, earning them a landslide win over the Naval Academy. Sophomore Maggie Rampolla led the team as she broke her own school record in the pole vault with a height of 12’ […] Read the full story »

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28 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Jesse Jones, Sports Editor
Seniors Jerrelle Benimon, Mike Burwell, Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie had won 43 games over the past two seasons heading into Thursday night’s CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Murray State. Another win would send Towson into the semifinals, but winning at Murray State would not come easy, as the Racers boasted a 14-1 record at home this season heading into the game. And while the Tigers held a lead at halftime, the Racers continued their dominant home performance in the second half, pulling away late to end Towson’s season with an 85-73 loss. “We knew they were very good coming in,” Head Coach Pat Skerry said. […] Read the full story »