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Towson has four named to preseason All-CAA team, picked 5th in CAA

Posted on 23 July 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior defensive end Ryan Delaire, junior safety Christian Carpenter and senior cornerback Tye Smith all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, and the Tigers as a team were picked to finish fifth in the league coaches’ poll, conference officials announced today.

Villanova’s John Robertson and William & Mary’s Mike Reilly were chosen as the CAA preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. New Hampshire was chosen to win the conference title in 2014, receiving 15 first-place votes.

Holder was named first team All-CAA in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played in and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

Smith, who was named to the Beyond Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team, is coming off a sensational junior campaign. The cornerback was named second team CAA after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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Six Towson lacrosse players get All-CAA honors

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA – Seniors Thomas DeNapoli and John Fennessy, juniors Justin Mabus and JoJo Ostrander and freshmen Ryan Drenner and Joe Seider all earned All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, the conference announced today.

Ostrander was named first team; DeNapoli, Fennessy and Mabus earned second team honors; and Drenner and Seider were all-rookie. DeNapoli also earned a place on the conference’s all-academic team.

This marked the fourth straight year DeNapoli and Fennessy received CAA recognition. In 2011 they were named all-rookie, in 2012 they were on the second team and last season both earned first team accolades. Ostrander was all-rookie in 2012 and received a spot on the second team in 2012. Mabus was an all-rookie selection in 2012.

Seider is the team leader in goals with 22. He has two game-winners and two EMO goals. DeNapoli leads Towson in points (35) and assists (18). Mabus is a close second in assists with 17. He also has nine goals. Drenner has been an even contributor on offense with 11 goals and 10 assists.

Ostrander and Fennessy have been defensive stalwarts for the Tigers throughout their careers. Ostrander scored his first career goal in 2014 and has 19 ground balls and a team-best 18 caused turnovers. He is Towson’s top close defenseman. Fennessy has 26 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. He currently stands fourth all-time at Towson in caused turnovers with 51.

The major conference honors were distributed throughout the league. Drexel’s Ben McIntosh was named Player of the Year. Hofstra Head Coach Seth Tierney earned Coach of the Year. Nick Mariano from UMass was the Rookie of the Year, and Penn State goalkeeper Austin Kaut was the Defensive Player of the Year.

Towson and Drexel’s postponed CAA semifinal game will be played at noon today. Hofstra defeated Delaware, 8-6, Wednesday night in Hempstead, N.Y. in the other semifinal. The Pride await the winner of the Towson/Drexel match up in the CAA championship on Saturday. The time of the game has not been determined.

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Four Towson lacrosse players named preseason All-CAA

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND – Towson Lacrosse seniors Thomas DeNapoliAndrew Hodgson and John Fennessy and junior JoJo Ostrander all earned preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors, the league announced.

The defending CAA champion Towson Tigers were picked to finish second in 2014 in a preseason poll by the leagues’ head coaches.

DeNapoli, a first team All-CAA selection a year ago, ranked fifth in the league in scoring with 2.28 goals per game and fourth with 3.33 points per outing. A USILA Honorable Mention All-America selection, he scored 41 goals and had 19 assists for a team-best 60 points.

Hodgson finished second on the team in scoring with 27 goals and 14 assists. He picked up a team-best 41 ground balls while serving as a wing on face-offs.

Fennessy and Ostrander together tallied 44 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, with Ostrander grabbing 28 ground balls on the season. The pair anchors the Tiger defense, and they are counted on to mark opponents’ best offensive players.

Towson opens its season on Feb. 8, hosting High Point at 11 a.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

2014 Preseason All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Team

Name, School Pos. Class Hometown/High School
Thomas DeNapoli, Towson* A Sr. East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook
Sam Llinares, Hofstra A So. Hauppauge, N.Y./ Hauppauge
TJ Sanders, Penn State# A So. Orillia, Ont., Canada/The Middle Brook School (NY)
Andrew Hodgson, Towson# M Sr. West Islip, N.Y./West Islip
Tom LaCrosse, Penn State* M Sr. Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy
Ben McIntosh, Drexel* M Sr. Coquitlam, B.C., Canada/Western Reserve
Steven Bogert, Penn State* LSM Sr. Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon
Joe Cavello, Massachusetts# FO Spec. Sr. Woodridge, Ill./Naperville North
Nick Saputo, Drexel FO Spec. Jr. Huntington, N.Y./Huntington
James Connelly, Delaware# D Sr. Royersford, Pa./Malvern Prep
John Fennessy, Towson* D Sr. Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
JoJo Ostrander, Towson# D Jr. Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Tyler Travis, Penn State* D Jr. Geneva, N.Y./Geneva
Austin Kaut, Penn State* GK Sr. Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco



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Preseason Player of the Year West among seven Towson Tigers named All-CAA

Posted on 24 July 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Led by junior running back Terrance West, who was named as the Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, the Tigers had seven players selected to the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference Team, which was selected by a vote of CAA coaches and sports information directors.

The CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team was announced at the CAA’s annual Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday.

Villanova University, which shared the 2012 CAA championship with New Hampshire, Towson and Richmond, was chosen as the CAA pre-season favorite. The Wildcats received 11 of a possible 22 first-place votes. Towson received three first-place votes and was picked to finish second while New Hampshire was third. Richmond was predicted to finish fourth while James Madison received four first place votes and was selected fifth.

Towson led all CAA institutions with seven selections to the All-CAA Pre-Season team. In addition to West, sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder, senior tackle Eric Pike, and senior tackle Randall Harris, senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, senior cornerback Jordan Love and junior cornerback Tye Smith were honored.

The winner of the 2011 Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in FCS football, West has rushed for 2,340 yards and scored 44 touchdowns in his first two seasons for the Tigers. He was named first team All-CAA as a freshman and sophomore and also earned All-American honors twice. As a freshman, West ran for 1,294 yards and scored a school record 29 touchdowns in 11 games. A Walter Camp All-American first team selection as a freshman, he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,046 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.

Holder enjoyed a very productive freshman season. In addition to providing excellent blocking for the Tigers’ running game, he caught six passes for 60 yards and three touchdowns.

A two-time All-CAA selection at left tackle, Pike has started all 34 games of his college. One of the best tackles ever to play for the Tigers, he has been a leader on the offensive line for the last three years.

In his first season as the Tigers’ right tackle, Harris earned first team All-CAA. He gave the Tigers the distinction of having both tackles on the All-CAA first team.

Gaddis started 10 of 11 games for the Tigers at middle linebacker. He made 74 tackles with 12 tackles for lost yardage. He also had five sacks and ranked 10th in the CAA with 7.4 tackles per game.

A transfer from Georgia prior to last season, Love was named second team All-CAA in 2012. In 11 games, he made 35 tackles and broke up five passes. He also had two interceptions, including a game-clinching pickoff in overtime during Towson’s 34-27 win at Delaware.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was a third team All-CAA selection last year. He led the Tigers with 75 tackles and intercepted one pass. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble.

This marks the first time that the Tigers have placed more than three players on the CAA Football Pre-Season All-Conference team

The Tigers, who posted a 7-4 record last season against a very difficult schedule, shared the CAA championship with Villanova, New Hampshire and Richmond. Towson was the outright CAA champion in 2011.

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Towson announces Tiger Bowl III April 27

Posted on 19 March 2013 by WNST Staff


Tiger Bowl To Conclude Tigers’ Spring Season


TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team will hold Tiger Bowl III on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.

Current 2013 season ticket holders are invited to a prime location to enjoy Tiger Bowl III. Held in the back of the East end zone opposite the videoboard, this special area will feature complimentary sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A and 2013 football posters.

A registration table will be located by the entrance of this premium location for all current season ticket holders to gain entrance into this area.

New season tickets can be purchased at the box office of Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Only current or new season ticket holders will be allowed into this area.

As the season ticket renewal deadline approaches on April 27, fans are encouraged to contact the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER.

Tiger Bowl III will conclude the Tiger football team’s spring season. The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record the last two seasons and have posted a 13-3 two-season CAA record, have a very strong nucleus returning. On offense, the Tigers will rely on an experienced offensive line which includes three All-CAA selections, rising seniors Eric Pike, Randall Harris and Doug Shaw. Running back Terrance West also returns after earning first team All-CAA honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, cornerback Jordan Love and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer are some of the top veterans returning on the defense, a unit that led the CAA last season.

After the conclusion of Tiger Bowl III, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor its seniors when the Tigers host St. Joseph’s in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER.


Saturday, April 27

7 a.m.               Tiger Football Captain’s Breakfast

11:30 a.m.          Tiger Bowl III; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Softball (second game of doubleheader) vs. George Mason; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Baseball vs. UNC Wilmington; Admission is Free

7 p.m.               Towson Men’s Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s; Senior Night

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Towson’s Skerry named CAA Coach of the Year, Benimon CAA Player of the Year

Posted on 09 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Tigers Take Home CAA Player and Coach of the Year Honors


RICHMOND, Va. – Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Friday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Richmond, Va.

Also receiving top honors were Towson’s Pat Skerry as the CAA Coach of the Year, Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Delaware senior forward Jamelle Hagins as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Northeastern senior guard Jonathan Lee was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon is the first Towson player to earn CAA Player of the Year honors. The junior forward recorded double-doubles in 20 of the Tigers’ 31 contests, which is currently tied with UNCW’s Keith Rendleman for the most in Division I. He was the league’s fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.

Benimon led the CAA and ranked third in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game and his 346 rebounds set a Towson single-season record and were the sixth-most in a season in CAA history. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in blocked shots (1.9 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.3%) and his 79 assists were the most of any Towson player.

Skerry guided Towson to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history this year. After going just 1-31 during Skerry’s inaugural campaign in 2011-12, the Tigers posted an 18-13 mark this season, which was the most victories by a Towson squad since 1993-94. Their 13-5 record in CAA play and second-place finish in the league standings were also the best ever.

Towson won 12 of its 18 games away from home (9 away/3 neutral), which was the program’s highest total since 1976-77. The Tigers closed the season with eight victories in their final nine contests.

Benimon was also named to the All-CAA first team and the CAA All-Defensive Team.

Joining Benimon on the All-CAA first team were Hunter, Rendleman, Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler, and Northeastern senior guard Joel Smith.

Joining Benimon on the CAA All-Defensive Team were Hagins, Rendleman, Hofstra senior guard Stevie Mejiaand Georgia State senior center James Vincent.

Towson was also represented on the CAA All-Rookie team as Tiger freshman Jerome Hairston joined Hunter, James Madison guard Andre Nation, Old Dominion guard Keenan Palmore and Northeastern guard David Walker to make up the squad.

Hairston, who was the only other vote getter aside from Hunter for the CAA Rookie of the Year award, ranked second among freshmen in the league in scoring at 9.9 points per game. He led the Tigers in steals (35) and was second on the team in both assists (77) and three-point field goals (38).

Two Tigers were also recognized for their work in the classroom. Sophomore guard Kris Walden was named to the CAA All-Academic Second Team and graduate student Bryan Blackstone was chosen CAA All-Academic Honorable Mention.

2012-13 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
2012-13 CAA Coach of the Year – Pat Skerry, Towson
2012-13 CAA Rookie of the Year – R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
2012-13 CAA Defensive Player of the Year 
– Jamelle Hagins, Delaware
2012-13 CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Jonathan Lee, Northeastern

First Team All-CAA
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
Keith Rendleman, UNCW
Devon Saddler, Delaware
Joel Smith, Northeastern

Second Team All-CAA
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware
Damion Lee, Drexel
Frantz Massenat, Drexel
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary
Sherrod Wright, George Mason

Third Team All-CAA
Quincy Ford, Northeastern
Rayshawn Goins, James Madison
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Devon Moore, James Madison
Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary
Jarvis Threatt, Delaware

CAA All-Rookie Team
Jerome Hairston, Towson
R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
Andre Nation, James Madison
Keenan Palmore, Old Dominion
David Walker, Northeastern

CAA All-Defensive Team
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware
Stevie Mejia, Hofstra
Keith Rendleman, UNCW
James Vincent, Georgia State

CAA All-Academic First Team
Kyle Anderson, Delaware
Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary
Donte Hill, Old Dominion
Shane Reybold, UNCW
Tim Rushoven, William & Mary

CAA All-Academic Second Team
Brandon Britt, William & Mary
Daquan Brown, Hofstra
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Tanner Milson, UNCW
Kris Walden, Towson

CAA All-Academic Honorable Mention
Bryan Blackstone, Towson
Brett Goodloe, William & Mary
Fred Heldring, William & Mary
Doug Howard, William & Mary
Anton Larsen, Old Dominion
Stevan Manojlovic, Drexel
Andrew Pavloff, William & Mary
Tom Schalk, William & Mary
Will Townsville, Delaware

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14 Towson football players named Academic All-CAA

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff


Arnold Farmer Honored For Third Straight Year

RICHMOND, Va. – Led by junior defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), Towson University placed 14 student-athletes on the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Football Academic All-Conference team.

An economics and accounting double major, Farmer started all 11 games for the Tigers and made 25 tackles. He also forced two fumbles, blocked a kick and had one sack. Farmer was also named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference team in 2010 and 2011.

Freshman linebacker Bryton Barr (Mechanicsburg H.S./Camp Hill, Pa.), sophomore quarterback Joe Brennan (Camden Catholic H.S./Audubon, N.J.), freshman linebacker Riley Davis (River Hill H.S./Highland, Md.), junior place kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), sophomore linebacker Greg Grant (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.), sophomore tackle Jay Kenney (Malignon H.S./South Boston, Mass.), senior tight end Cory Kirby (Kent Island County H.S./Chester, Md.), junior cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.) sophomore running back Clayton Minnott (Concord H.S./Wilmington, Md.), sophomore tackle Derek Pittman (Pallotti H.S./Lanham, Md.), sophomore wide receiver Mac Sanders (Providence Day School/Charlotte, N.C.) and junior linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.) joined Farmer as Towson representatives on the CAA Football Academic All-Conference squad.

“We are extremely proud of our young men who have committed themselves and have brought honor and distinction to Towson University,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose.  “Excellence in the classroom is critical to our overall success and these young men are leading the way.”

Last season, the Tigers were one of four teams that shared the Colonial Athletic Association championship. New Hampshire, Richmond, Villanova and the Tigers each posted 6-2 records in CAA action. For Towson, it was its second straight CAA championship. The Tigers, who played one of the toughest schedules in NCAA FCS football in 2012, finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and were ranked 17th in the nation.

With 14 student-athletes named to the CAA Football Academic All-Conference, the Tigers were third in the CAA.

New Hampshire led all CAA football schools with 24 honorees. Georgia State had 16 players honored, followed by Towson (14). James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary each had 13 players honored. Rhode Island had 12 players honored, followed by Villanova (11), Old Dominion (10), Maine (8) and Delaware (7).

Towson’s 14 selections to the CAA Academic All-Conference team represent the highest single season total of Academic All-Conference honorees since the Tigers joined the CAA.  In each of the last three years, the Tigers had 12 players selected to the Academic All-Conference team.


Tigers’ CAA Academic All-Conference Selections

Name                              Pos.        Cl.       Hometown/High School                    Major

Bryton Barr                      LB           Fr.       Camp Hill, Pa./Mechanicsburg            Undeclared

Joe Brennan                     QB           So.      Audubon, N.J./Camden Catholic          Undeclared

Riley Davis                       LB           Fr.       Highland, Md./River Hill                     Undeclared

Drew Evangelista              PK           Jr.       Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove            Sport Management

Arnold Farmer                  DT           Jr.       Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Poly            Economics/Accounting

Greg Grant                       LB           So.      Olney, Md./Sherwood                          Mass Communication

Emmanuel Holder             FB           Fr.       Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall                Sport Management

Jay Kenney                      OT           So.      South Boston, Mass./Malignon             Comm. Studies

Cory Kirby                        TE            Sr.       Chester, Md./Kent Island County         Sociology

Ryan Mays                        CB           Jr.       Reisterstown, Md./Franklin                 Criminal Justice

Clayton Minnott                RB           So.      Wilmington, Del./Concord                   Exercise Science

Derek Pittman                 OT           So.      Lanham, Md./Pallotti                          History

Mac Sanders                     WR           So.      Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day           Undeclared

Eric Schuster                    LB           Jr.       Laurel, Md./Reservoir                         Business Administration

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Towson D Fennessy named preseason All-CAA

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – Junior defenseman John Fennessy of Towson University has been selected to the Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) men’s lacrosse team CAA officials announced today.

The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native was one of four defensemen chosen for the team by a vote of the league’s head coaches. Towson men’s lacrosse was picked to finish sixth with 15 points.

Fennessy, a second-team All-CAA honoree in 2012, helped the Tigers’ defense with 18 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers during his sophomore season.

Towson opens its season on February 8 at 3 p.m. at High Point.

  2013 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Predicted Order of Finish First Place Votes in Parentheses
1. Massachusetts 35 (5)
2. Penn State 31 (2)
3. Drexel 22
Hofstra 22
5. Delaware 16
6. Towson 15
7. Saint Joseph’s 6


2013 Preseason All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Team      
Name, School Pos. Cl. Hometown, High School
Robert Church, Drexel# A Sr. Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best
Jack Forster, Penn State#  A R-Sr. Jenkintown, Pa./La Salle College HS 
Will Manny, Massachusetts*& A Sr. Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s 
Nick Dolik, Penn State  M Sr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice
Colin Fleming, Massachusetts M
Bryn Mawr, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep
Adrian Sorichetti, Hofstra* M Sr.
Whitby, Onterio, Canada/All Saints/Trinity Pawling
Kessler Brown, Penn State LSM
Springfield, Va./West Springfield
John Antoniades, Hofstra#
FO Spec.
Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
John Fennessy, Towson#
Yorktown, Heights, N.Y./Yorktown
Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts#
Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury
Mark Mullen, Hofstra#
Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy
Jake Smith, Massachusetts
Medfield, Mass./Medfield
Austin Kaut, Penn State*
Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco

& — Preseason Player of the Year
* — First Team All-CAA Selection in 2012      
# — Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2012      



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All-America honors for Towson’s Beltre, Dangerfield

Posted on 11 December 2012 by WNST Staff


Tiger Defensive Standouts Honored By The Sports Network

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.) and senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) of Towson University have been named to The Sports Network’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America team.

Beltre and Dangerfield, who led the Tigers to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championships, earned third team All-America honors.

A two-time All-CAA first team selection, Beltre was one of the top defensive linemen in the CAA the last three years. A three-year starter at defensive end, he was seventh on the team with 36 tackles as a senior. He tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks as Towson led the CAA with 31 sacks. He was also tied for fourth in the CAA in sacks. Beltre was also third on the team with 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. He also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

Beltre, who played in all 45 career games, finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list. He also had 38 tackles for lost yardage, 11 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield also earned first team All-CAA first team honors for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who also earned pre-season All-America honors, led the Tigers with six pass breakups and had one fumble recovery.

The Tigers’ top tackler as a sophomore and junior, Dangerfield finished his career with 258 tackles, 11th on Towson’s career list. He also broke up 13 passes and recovered four fumbles.

Dangerfield was also honored as a second team All-American by Beyond Sports Network.

Beltre and Dangerfield were keys to the best defense in the CAA. En route to a 7-4 final record, the Tigers led the CAA in fewest yards allowed (313.2) and pass defense (174.3 ypg). Towson also topped the CAA in sacks with 31.

The No. 15 Tigers claimed a share of the CAA championship as they tied for first place with New Hampshire (8-4, 6-2), Richmond (8-3, 6-2) and Villanova (8-4, 6-2). Playing the fourth-toughest schedule in NCAA FCS, the Tigers won their final four games of the season, beating No. 19 Villanova, No. 23 Delaware and No. 7 New Hampshire on the road.

Towson has a 16-7 over the last two seasons, including an impressive 13-3 mark in CAA games. In games against FCS programs the last two years, Towson has a 16-4 mark.

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Towson sees 14 players named to All-CAA teams

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff


CAA Co-Champions Place Five On First Team

RICHMOND, Va. – A group of 14 standouts from Colonial Athletic Association co-champion Towson University, including five first team selections, has been named to the All-CAA team, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The Tigers led all CAA teams with 14 selections as Towson placed five players on the first team, five players on the second team and four players on the third team.

Villanova, one of the CAA’s other co-champions, had 12 players honored while New Hampshire and Richmond each had 11 players on the team.

Old Dominion, James Madison and William & Mary each placed 10 players on the All-CAA teams.

Senior defensive end Frank Beltre (Randolph H.S./Randolph, N.J.), senior safety Jordan Dangerfield (Royal Palm Beach H.S./Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) were named to the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row.

A pair of offensive linemen, junior tackles Randall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) and Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), were also selected to the first team. Harris earned All-CAA honors for the first time while Pike was named to the All-CAA third team last year.

The Tigers’ five All-CAA first team selections are one more than Towson had during the last six seasons combined. Last year, Towson had three first team picks. Towson and Old Dominion were the only programs with five first team selections.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) and junior offensive center Doug Shaw(Loyola Blakefield H.S./Woodbine, Md.) represented the Tigers on the second team, along with senior defensive end Romale Tucker (Ballou H.S./Washington, D.C.), junior linebacker Monte Gaddis (Cleveland Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio) and junior cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.).

The All-CAA third team included senior wide receiver Tom Ryan (Father Judge H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), sophomore kick return specialist Derrick Joseph (Maurice J. McDonough H.S./Waldorf, Md.), senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan (Horseheads H.S./Horseheads, N.Y.) and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).

Towson’s 14 all-conference selections are the most the Tigers have had in one season in program history.

“The greatest respect is earned from one’s peers,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “To have this many young men earn these impressive accolades speaks to their work ethic and their desire to achieve excellence.  I could not be happier to see these men celebrated for their hard work.  Towson University is thankful and grateful to have such fine representatives.”

A two-time first team All-CAA selection and an honorable mention All-American, Beltre was seventh on the team with 36 tackles this season. He also tied for the team lead with five quarterback sacks and had 7.5 tackles for lost yardage. A three-year starter on the defensive line, Beltre finished his career with 232 tackles, 20th on Towson’s all-time list.

A two-year co-captain and a three-year starter at free safety, Dangerfield was named first team All-CAA for the second time. Despite missing the final game of the regular season, he was fourth on the team with 69 tackles. Dangerfield, who earned pre-season All-America honors, led the Tigers with six pass breakups and had one fumble recovery. The Tigers’ top tackler as a sophomore and junior, Dangerfield finished his career with 258 tackles, 11thon Towson’s career list.

The second-leading rusher in the CAA, West rushed for 1,046 yards on 195 carries for a 5.4 average. He ran for more than 100 yards in five games and he led the CAA in touchdowns for the second year in a row. Honored as the CAA Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, he is already the fifth-leading rusher in school history with 2,340 yards. He has scored 44 touchdowns in his 21-game career, just three shy of the school record held by Jason Corle, ’01.

The Tigers’ two starting tackles were also named to the first team. Harris was one of the keys to the Tigers’ offensive success as he started nine games at right tackle. The 6-4, 285-pound veteran started the first two games of the season at left guard. In his career, he has made 19 career starts.

A third team All-CAA pick last year, the 6-5, 298-pound Pike has been a fixture on the Tigers’ offensive line for the last three years. A tremendous team leader, he has started all 34 games of his college career.

Enders leads the Tigers’ group of second team honorees. The third-leading passer in the CAA, he completed 208 of 317 passes for 2,332 yards and 19 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. The Tigers’ second-leading rusher with 615 yards on 105 carries, he also finished second in the CAA in total offense, averaging 267.9 yards per game. In his career, Enders made 22 starts and won 16 of them. In Saturday’s win at New Hampshire, he became the first quarterback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career. He finished his career with 5,415 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in school history. His 4,413 passing yards place him ninth.

A second-year starter at offensive center, Shaw is one of three offensive linemen to be honored by the CAA. The 6-1, 265-pound center was one of the Tiger co-captains this season. Over the last two years, he has started 22 of 23 games.

A fixture on the defensive line, Tucker was a four-year starter who earned All-CAA notice for the first time. He made 42 tackles in 10 games as a senior and ranked eighth among all CAA defensive linemen. He was third on the team with four sacks and ranked 11th in the CAA. He finished his career with 191 tackles and 10 sacks.

A pair of newcomers, Gaddis and Love, were also named to the second team. A transfer from Dean Junior College, Gaddis stepped in to the middle linebacker spot and led the Tigers with 74 tackles, tenth in the CAA. Gaddis also led Towson with 12 tackles for lost yardage, a mark that placed him second in the CAA. He also tied for the team lead with five sacks.

A transfer from the University of Georgia, Love made an immediate impact on the Tigers’ defense from his cornerback position. He made 35 tackles and was second on the team with five pass breakups. Love also had a team high two interceptions and averaged 20.6 yards on nine kickoff returns.

The Tiger defense, which led the CAA by allowing 313.2 yards per game, had a total of seven All-CAA players. Morgan and Smith complete the defensive contingent. A four-year starter on the defensive line, Morgan made 30 tackles as a senior defensive tackle. He also had three sacks. He finished his career with 97 tackles, including 10.5 sacks. After starting at defensive end in 2009 and 2010, he started at tackle the last two seasons.

A two-year starter at cornerback, Smith was second on the team with 74 tackles. He was fifth among all CAA defensive backs in tackles and broke up five passes. He also had one interception and forced two fumbles.

A second team All-CAA selection in 2011, Joseph made the third team as a kick returner. He averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Tigers’ win over Saint Francis. In his career, he has two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

The Tigers’ top pass receiver the last two years, Ryan completes Towson’s All-CAA honorees. As a senior, he caught 44 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career as the 13th-leading receiver in Towson history with 127 receptions for 1528 yards and eight touchdowns.

Towson finished the season with a 7-4 record and shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova. All four teams posted 6-2 records in CAA play.

2012 CAA Football Major Awards

Coach of the Year:                                             Andy Talley, Villanova

Offensive Player of the Year:                         Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Soph., Quarterback
Defensive Player of the Year:                        Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Jr., Linebacker
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         B.W. Webb, William and Mary, Sr., Punt Returner

Special Teams Co-Player of the Year:         Albert Wilson, Georgia State, Jr., Kick Returner
Offensive Rookie of the Year:                        John Robertson, Villanova, R-Fr., Quarterback
Defensive Rookie of the Year:                        Jeff Williams, Delaware, R-Fr., Linebacker


2012 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                               Class

QB                           Taylor Heinicke                              Old Dominion                              Sophomore

RB                           Kevin Monangai                             Villanova                         Sophomore

RB                    Terrance West                       Towson                             Sophomore

FB/HB                     Kendall Gaskins                             Richmond                        Senior

WR                          Ben Edwards                                  Richmond                        Junior

WR                          R.J. Harris                                       New Hampshire             Sophomore

WR                          Nick Mayers                                    Old Dominion                  Senior

TE                            Justin Perillo                                  Maine                               Junior

OL                    Randall Harris                       Towson                     Junior

OL                           Chris Howley                                  Maine                               Senior

OL                           Seamus O’Neill                              New Hampshire             Junior

OL                    Eric Pike                              Towson                     Junior

OL                           Earl Watford                                   James Madison             Senior

PK                           Jarod Brown                                  Old Dominion                  Junior

KR                           Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State                Junior

PR                           Ryan Smith                                     James Madison             Senior



Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                    Frank Beltre                         Towson                              Senior

DL                           Chris Burnette                               Old Dominion                  Senior

DL                           Rakim Cox                                       Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Antoine Lewis                                Villanova                         Junior

DL                           Jared Smith                                   New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Donte Dennis                                 Maine                          Senior

LB                            Matt Evans                                     New Hampshire           Senior

LB                            Stephon Robertson                      James Madison           Junior

LB                            Paul Worrilow                                 Delaware                     Senior

CB                           Eric Loper                                       Villanova                      Senior

CB                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior

S                      Jordan Dangerfield                  Towson                        Senior

S                              Dean Marlowe                                James Madison           Sophomore

S                              Cooper Taylor                                Richmond                    Senior

P                              Jonathan Plisco                            Old Dominion               Senior


2012 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                      Class

QB                    Grant Enders                        Towson                     Senior

RB                           Dae’Quan Scott                             James Madison           Junior

RB                           Nico Steriti                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

FB/HB                     Brian Barlow                                   James Madison           Senior

WR                          Tre McBride                                    William and Mary         Sophomore

WR                          Antonio Vaughan                          Old Dominion               Sophomore

WR                          Nihja White                                     Delaware                     Senior

TE                            Kevin Finney                                   Richmond                    Senior

OL                           David Born                                     Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Josh Bucci                                      Villanova                      Junior

OL                           Bobby Kennedy                             Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Mike Salazar                                   William and Mary         Senior

OL                    Doug Shaw                               Towson                        Junior

OL                           Josh Spearin                                  Maine                          Senior

PK                           Cameron Starke                            James Madison           Junior

KR                           Justin Grant                                   Richmond                    Sophomore

PR                           B.W. Webb                                        William and Mary         Senior



Position            Player                                  School                   Class

DL                           Marlon Johnson                            Villanova                      Senior

DL                           Evan Kelly                                       Richmond                    Sophomore

DL                           Zach Kerr                                        Delaware                     Junior

DL                    Romale Tucker                          Towson                        Senior

LB                            Devon Bridges                               Villanova                      Senior

LB                    Monte Gaddis                           Towson                        Junior

LB                            Darius McMillan                             Richmond                    Senior

LB                            Jabrel Mines                                  William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Craig Wilkins                                   Old Dominion               Senior

CB                           Darlos James                                 Maine                          Senior

CB                    Jordan Love                              Towson                        Junior

CB                           Dontra Peters                                New Hampshire           Senior

S                              Manny Asam                                   New Hampshire           Junior

S                              Brian Thompson                            William and Mary         Senior

P                              Matt Hubbard                                Georgia State              Sophomore


2012 All-CAA Football Third Team (as voted on by the head coaches)


Position            Player                                  School                   Class

QB                           John Robertson                            Villanova                      Freshman

RB                           Andrew Pierce                               Delaware                     Junior

RB                           Donald Russell                               Georgia State              Senior

WR                          Stephen Barnette                         Richmond                    Sophomore

WR                          Brandon Johnson-Farrell           Rhode Island               Senior

WR                    Tom Ryan                                  Towson                        Senior

WR                          Norman White                                Villanova                      Senior

WR                          Albert Wilson                                  Georgia State              Junior

TE                            Harold Spears                                New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Mike Coccia                                     New Hampshire           Sophomore

OL                           Brandon Heath                              Delaware                     Junior

OL                           Vince Kowalski                               Villanova                      Sophomore

OL                           Jack Lowney                                  Old Dominion               Junior

OL                           Nick Ritcher                                    Richmond                    Sophomore

OL                           Chris Zarkoskie                             New Hampshire           Senior

PK                           Mike MacArthur                            New Hampshire           Junior

KR                    Derrick Joseph                          Towson                        Sophomore

PR                           Poppy Livers                                  Villanova                      Sophomore



Position            Player                                  School                      Class

DL                           Dominique Guinn-Bailey              Old Dominion               Sophomore

DL                    Matt Morgan                                                         Towson                        Senior

DL                           Tyler Snow                                      James Madison           Junior

DL                           Nick Zaremba                                 William and Mary         Senior

LB                            Andrew Bose                                  Rhode Island               Sophomore

LB                            Luke Rhodes                                  William and Mary         Freshman

LB                            Jeff Williams                                   Delaware                     Freshman

LB                            Eric Wright                                      Richmond                    Sophomore

CB                           Jamaal Bess                                   Rhode Island               Junior

CB                           Darryl Hamilton                             Richmond                    Senior

CB                    Tye Smith                                  Towson                        Sophomore

S                              Jerome Couplin                             William and Mary         Junior

S                              Jakarie Jackson                            James Madison           Senior

S                              Joe Sarnese                                   Villanova                      Sophomore

P                              Drake Kuhn                                     William and Mary         Junior

P                              David Skahn                             James Madison           Senior

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