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Season over for Towson after OT loss to Drexel in CAA Tournament

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA – Towson (8-7) and No. 16 Drexel (11-4) went down to the wire in their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament semifinal before the Dragons’ Ryan Belka scored the game winner in the first overtime to send Drexel to the title game with an 11-10 victory over Towson on Vidas Field Saturday afternoon.

“I’m proud of the way our guys regrouped after that two-goal spurt [Drexel] had,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “During the timeout we just told them to slow down, take a breath and they did. We came back and made some plays, but we didn’t win the ground ball game and the face-offs [Drexel won 19-of-23] were key.”

Junior Greg Cuccinello’s four points (3g, 1a) led the Tigers. Classmate Ben McCarty added two goals, while freshman Joe Seider contributed a goal and two assists. Ben McIntosh and Cole Shafer each had four goals for the Dragons. Tiger keeper Tyler White made 14 saves.

Drexel took a quick 2-0 lead just 1:12 into the game. Towson did not go on offense until 11:03 in the quarter. The Tigers recovered to get within one, 3-2, despite not winning a face-off in the first quarter. Towson took its first lead, 5-4, at 5:25 in the second when Cuccinello scored a fast-break goal, and the Tigers held a 6-5 lead at the break.

The second half was a tightly contested affair; after a brief tie at 6-6 at the start of the third quarter. Towson led by no more than three goals until 2:14 when McIntosh put Drexel back in front, 10-9. Grimaldi tied it at 10-10 before freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Jack Adams nearly tallied the game winner; however, his shot rang off the post as the buzzer sounded. Belka’s golden goal snuck in low for the victory.

Junior Justin Mabus got the Tigers on the board at 8:39 in the first when he received a pass right in front of the net from Seider. Drexel took a 3-1 lead before McCarty scored unassisted on a bounce at 4:07 in the first. The Dragons led until 5:25 in the second quarter when Cuccinello scored unassisted before Seider added a man-up goal with 4:04 left before the half.

Drexel’s Shafer tied the game again at 6-6 at 12:43 in the third quarter. Towson then received two goals in just over a minute from defenseman Mike Lowe and McCarty before Cuccinello and Seider combined on an extra-man goal with two minutes to go in the frame to put Towson up, 9-6.

However, Drexel rebounded and scored the next four goals to take a 10-9 lead with 2:14 remaining in the game. DeNapoli fed Grimaldi for the game-tying goal, and Adams’ near-miss sent the game into overtime.

Drexel outshot Towson 43-30 and won the ground ball game, 39-17 – mostly off face-offs. The Dragons committed 14 turnovers to Towson’s 11, and the Tigers held Drexel scoreless on EMO (0-5). Towson was 2-4 on man-up chances.

The game looked in doubt from the moment Towson arrived at Drexel at 5 p.m. on April 30. An hour and 15 minutes later, the game was postponed due to unplayable fields. The Tigers trekked to southern New Jersey to stay for the evening and then fought through an hour and a half of traffic to go eight miles and arrive back at Vidas Field on May 1. The game had been scheduled for 12 p.m. It began at 12:45 p.m.

“Our guys handled a lot of adversity just getting here,” noted Nadelen. “An hour and a half to go eight miles? We were ready to play last night.”

Earlier in the day, seniors DeNapoli, John Fennessy, juniors JoJo Ostrander and Mabus and freshmen Seider and Ryan Drenner all earned post-season All-CAA honors. Ostrander earned a spot on the first time, DeNapoli, Mabus and Fennessy were on the second team and Seider and Drenner earned spots on the all-rookie team.

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Towson visits Drexel Wednesday for CAA Tournament semifinal

Posted on 29 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking to defend its 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament title, the Towson men’s lacrosse team (8-6) heads to No. 2 seed Drexel (10-4) on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Vidas Field.

No. 1 Hofstra hosts surprise No. 4 Delaware on April 30, also at 7 p.m., in the other semifinal. The winners of the two match ups will meet in the CAA championship at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers come into Wednesday’s game as the defending CAA champions and the No. 3 seed. They face No. 2-seeded Drexel in Philadelphia. The Dragons remain 16th in the country this week after an 11-8 win at High Point on April 25.

Updating the Tigers
Towson has had a week to rest after finishing the regular season with a 15-9 loss to then-No. 10 Penn on April 22. The Tigers are looking to snap a three-game losing skid. Their last victory came on April 5, a 6-5 decision over UMass at Amherst, Mass.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel finished the regular season with an 11-8 win at High Point last Friday. It was the Dragons’ sixth straight win. They scored the first four goals of the game and didn’t look back. Ben McIntosh led Drexel with a hat trick, while Jules Raucci and Jared Boudreau each had a pair of tallies.

Three Things to Watch – Towson vs. Drexel
1. A little of that old magic. In 2013, Towson was the No. 3 seed going into the CAA tournament and faced Drexel in the semifinals, just a week after playing the Dragons in the regular season. Towson avenged a 14-11 loss on Vidas Field with an 11-8 win at PSU Lacrosse Field. This year, the Tigers are the No. 3 seed and lost 13-7 to Drexel at The U on April 19 before heading to Vidas Field 11 days later looking for another rebound. Towson will need some of the mojo the Tigers found in 2013 to power into this year’s championship.
2. Hail Hydra. Drexel’s offense lately has been Hydra-like: cut off one head and two more sprout up. In the loss on April 19, the Tigers limited Ben McIntosh and Nick Trizano but couldn’t account for Cole Shafer, a freshman who exploded for a career-best five goals. The Dragons have six players who have scored 13 or more goals. They will be a challenge for Towson’s defensive unit.
3. The benefit of youth? Towson has 17 newcomers on the roster (five starters); Tigers who weren’t around for the 2013 CAA championship run. Perhaps the upside of all that youth is a lack of pressure to defend a title they didn’t win.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

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#WNSTSweet16 looks into “must” events for Baltimore sports fans

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already nine lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re officially into Week 10 on the #WNSTSweet16 and this one is going to require you to think a little bit.

Nestor Aparicio is back from vacation and back in charge of the Sweet 16 this week. This week’s topic actually stems from a conversation Drew Forrester and I had a few years back when someone called in and asked “what does it take to be a Baltimore sports expert?”

Drew and I came up with our own ideas. Who are the people you need to know? What history must you be aware of? But another question we found ourselves asking was “what events must you have attended?”

With that in mind, this week’s WNST Sweet 16 topic is “The Sweet 16 Events a Baltimore Sports Fan Must Attend”.

I was reminded of the topic in reading Drew’s list here last week. You see, there’s absolutely no doubt that Morgan State/Coppin State basketball would be damn close to the top of my list. As Drew was telling the story of Reggie Holmes’ Senior Night against the Eagles, he referred to it as one of the greatest events he’s ever attended in sports and I couldn’t have agreed more. There’s something special about Morgan/Coppin that’s uniquely Baltimore and every Charm City sports fan needs to experience it at least once.

We’re in the middle of a recent addition as far as Baltimore sports events are concerned, and the CAA Tournament may already be moving up the list for many fans.

I’m glad I’m not in charge of this list-because while I’ll imagine most of you are probably thinking about events like Orioles Opening Day or Ravens/Steelers, there is no doubt that Army/Navy (which returns to Baltimore this fall at M&T Bank Stadium) would easily take the top spot on my list.

The neat part about this list to me will be to see which unique events different sports fans include. Some folks might find the Preakness infield to be a “must”, while others might be more inclined to say Maryland Million Day is better. The annual Calvert Hall/Loyola “Turkey Bowl” football game is a logical choice to make the list, but what about the Maryvale/Mercy girls’ basketball game? And while I love Army/Navy, maybe others think Towson/Delaware is the most important college football game in the area.

We haven’t even mentioned lacrosse yet. Or soccer. Or boxing. Or MMA. Or Pro Wrestling. Or any litany of other sports whose events are unique/special to those of us in Baltimore.

Perhaps I could best paint the picture for this topic by asking “if you had a friend who was moving to Baltimore and you had 12 months to indoctrinate them to the sports scene, which events would you see to it they be a part of?” It’s certainly a broader topic than some of the others we’ve tackled this year, which should make for a fascinating list.

And be specific! If you think it’s important to sit in a certain section at a Ravens or O’s game, say where. If you think it’s important to see UMBC play a specific opponent-tell us which one.

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Nestor via nasty@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Nestor will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew & Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

What are the events a Baltimore Sports fan MUST attend? Let your voice be heard!

-G

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Towson faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE JAMES MADISON IN CAA QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY
Tigers seek to reach CAA semifinals for first time since 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. - The second-seeded Towson men’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and Ron Thompson on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) swept a pair of meetings against James Madison (11-19, 6-10 CAA) this season, topping the Dukes 80-71 inside SECU Arena on February 4 and pulling out a 69-66 decision on the road just 10 days ago.

The Tigers have posted their most wins in a season at the Division I level and most overall since the 1977-78 team went 26-4 while in Division II. The No. 2 seed is Towson’s highest seed in a conference tournament since the Tigers were the top seed in the 1994 Big South Conference Tournament.

Towson enters the CAA Tournament having won six straight games, its longest winning streak under head coach Pat Skerry. It is the longest winning streak for the Tigers as a CAA program and longest overall winning streak since winning seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

The Tigers are led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (20). The senior also paces Towson in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has dished out a team-high 115 assists.

Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie also earned CAA accolades this season. Both were named to the all-conference third team. Guthrie ranks second on the team in scoring and 14th in the CAA at 12.0 points per game. Damas averages 11.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

James Madison is the defending CAA champion. After winning three of four games late in the season, the Dukes dropped their final two games to fall to the No. 7 seed. Sophomore Andre Nation leads the squad by averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Towson is 4-2 in its last six CAA Tournament opening games, but this is the first of those that will be in the quarterfinal round. The Tigers have only advanced to the semifinals once (2009) since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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Towson set for #2 seed in CAA Tournament

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (March 1, 2014) – The pairings are set for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be held March 7-10, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.

Tournament play opens at 7 p.m. on Friday as #8 Hofstra (9-22, 5-11 in CAA) takes on #9 UNCW (9-22, 3-13 in CAA) in opening round action.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Delaware (22-9, 14-2 in CAA) meets the Hofstra/UNCW winner at Noon, followed by #4 Drexel (16-13, 8-8 in CAA) against #5 Northeastern (10-20, 7-9 in CAA) at 2:30 p.m. The evening session begins at 6 p.m. with #2 Towson (22-9, 13-3 in CAA) against #7 James Madison (11-19, 6-10 in CAA), and action wraps up at 8:30 p.m. as #3 William & Mary (18-11, 10-6 in CAA) faces #6 College of Charleston (14-17, 6-10 in CAA).

The four winners will advance to Sunday’s semifinals, which are set for 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The CAA championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

Tickets are available by logging on to TicketMaster.com, calling the Baltimore Arena box office at (410) 347-2020 or by visiting the box office of any CAA school.

All four quarterfinal games of the championship will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS and SNY. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Friday’s first-round game will be televised online by CAA.TV.

For more information, be sure to check out our championships page.

CAA Men’s Basketball Championship
March 7-10, 2014 – Baltimore Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Friday, March 7

G1 – #8 Hofstra vs. #9 UNCW – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

G2 – #1 Delaware vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner – Noon
G3 – #4 Drexel vs. #5 Northeastern – 2:30 p.m.
G4 – #2 Towson vs. #7 James Madison – 6 p.m.

G5 – #3 William & Mary vs. #6 College of Charleston – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9

G6 – Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 – 2:30 p.m.
G7 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 5 p.m.

Monday, March 10
G8 – CAA Championship Game – 7 p.m.

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Towson baseball overcomes adversity, wins CAA Championship

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Towson baseball overcomes adversity, wins CAA Championship

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 25, 2013) – Senior right-hander Mike Volpe threw his first career complete game and designated hitter Kurt Wertz drove in three runs as fourth-seeded Towson captured its first CAA Baseball Championship with a 5-2 victory over #2 William & Mary on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Tigers (29-28) earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Baseball Championship, whose field will be announced on Monday afternoon. It is Towson’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and its third overall. William & Mary (37-22) will hope for an at-large berth to the NCAA’s after a season in which it tied a school record for victories in a season.

Volpe (9-3) allowed just one hit and no runs over the final five innings and gave up seven hits for the game. He threw 139 pitches in the contest after a 133-pitch effort in the Tigers’ victory over Northeastern in the opening game last Wednesday. Volpe struck out six and walked two.

Wertz finished 2-for-4, including a two-run triple off the right-field wall with two outs in the ninth that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game. Dominic Fratantuono was 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory, while Zach Fisher, Pat Fitzgerald and Brandon Gonnella contributed two hits apiece.

For William & Mary, second baseman Ryan Lindemuth was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored to cap an outstanding tournament performance. Lindemuth batted .647 (11-17) with four doubles, two homers, eight runs scored and 12 RBI over four games. Outfielders Jonathan Sarty and Ryan Brown also contributed a pair of hits in the game.

Pitcher Brett Koehler took the loss for the Tribe despite a solid effort. The right-hander gave up 11 hits but only three runs over 8.0 innings.

Both teams got off to quick starts offensively. Wertz smacked his team-leading 13th home run of the season to give Towson the lead in the top of the first. William & Mary responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Brown lined a leadoff double to right center and scored on Lindemuth’s two-out single.

The Tigers moved back in front in the second when Fratantuono lofted a solo homer over the right-field fence. The Tribe pulled even in the third after Lindemuth opened the frame with a double to left and scored when Sarty bounced a single into left.

In the fifth, Towson’s Gonnella singled to right, moved around on an errant pickoff throw and a groundout, and scored on Fisher’s RBI single up the middle that made it 3-2.

The Tigers created some breathing room for Volpe in the ninth. Gonnella and Fitzgerald each had singles, setting the stage for Wertz’ line drive off the fence in right.

Fisher was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .476 (10-21) with three homers, five runs scored and 10 RBI over four games. He was joined on the all-tournament squad by Towson teammates Volpe, Wertz, Fratantuono and Andrew Parker.

Named to the team from William & Mary were Lindemuth, Sarty, Michael Katz and William Shaw. Rounding out the team were UNCW pitcher Jordan Ramsey, JMU outfielder Cole McInturff and Northeastern shortstop Jason Vosler.

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Towson women claim CAA title

Posted on 05 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CAPTURE CAA TITLE WITH 9-4 WIN OVER HOF

Strong Second Half Leads Towson to Second Straight CAA Title 

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women’s lacrosse team used a 5-0 run to close out the game and claim a 9-4 victory over Hofstra University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship game Sunday afternoon. The Tigers (10-8) claimed their second straight CAA title and fifth since 2005 with the victory.

Junior defender Kaitlin Sheridan was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Sheridan was joined on the all-tournament team by graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica, redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly.

“A fantastic performance from our team today and they played great lacrosse and really played as a unit,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to compete in each game and we really did that today.”

Towson opened the game by scoring the first two goals. LaMonica and senior midfielder Sarah Hogan scored as the Tigers held an early lead with 22:02 to play in the half. The final 20 minutes of the first half proved to be a back and forth affair as the Tigers and Pride (11-8) traded goals. LaMonica’s second goal of the game gave Towson a 4-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the half. However, Hofstra answered with a Brittain Altomare goal with 9:40 left, which made it a 4-3 game. Towson took that 4-3 lead into the intermission.

Hofstra outshot the Tigers 8-7 in the first 30 minutes of action as each team won four draw controls.

The Pride started the second half the same way they ended the first half with a goal from Altomare. Altomare’s goal made it a 4-4 game with 26:55 to play.

The Tigers regained their lead in the 25th minute. Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle forced a Hofstra turnover on a clear attempt and scored on the play. That goal gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Just 3:33 later, the Tigers added to their lead as sophomore attacker Paige Duncan scored off an assist from Rohrback. Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored three times in the final 16 and a half minutes for the Tigers, which gave the home tea a 9-4 advantage. Turner’s hat trick was her third of the year as all three goals were assisted by Rohrback.

Hofstra had one last shot at a goal with 1:06 to play but Donnelly was able to come up with the save and the Tigers ran the clock out.

Donnelly made seven saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Kelsey Gregerson made three saves in the loss for Hofstra.

The Tigers outshot the Pride 9-7 in the second half and finished the game with a 16-15 advantage. Towson controlled four of the seven draw controls in the second half and finished the game with an 8-7 edge.

Turner led the Tigers with three goals while LaMonica added two goals. Rohrback had a goal and matched her career-high with four assists.

Altomare finished with two goals to lead the Pride.

The Tigers receive the CAA’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament with the win. The NCAA field will be announced at 9 p.m. tonight.

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Towson stuns Penn State for CAA title, NCAA Tournament berth

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Towson stuns Penn State for CAA title, NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

University Park, Pa. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team (10-7) withstood a late rally from No. 9 Penn State (12-4) to defeat the Nittany Lions, 11-10, and claim its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title since 2005 Friday afternoon at PSU Lacrosse Field.

PSU outscored Towson 4-3 in the fourth quarter to try and rally from an 8-6 deficit at the end of the third. The game was tightly contested until late in the second quarter and into the third when the Tigers broke it open with a five-goal run.

Towson was making its first appearance in a CAA final since 2010, when the Tigers fell to Delaware, 12-9 on May 8. Today’s championship is Towson’s fourth title in its ninth appearance at the CAA Tournament. Towson’s Thomas DeNapoli, Jordan Fortmann and Ben McCarty were named to the All-Tournament team. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage received Most Outstanding Player. It is Head Coach Shawn Nadelen’s first CAA championship.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello’s second hat trick of the season led the Tigers. He also had one assist. DeNapoli added two goals and two assists, while senior Matt Hughes scored his fourth and fifth goals in four games.

TJ Sanders’s three goals led the Nittany Lions. Jack Forster and Shane Sturgis each posted two goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made six saves.

McCarty opened the game’s scoring with his seventh goal in two games off a pass from DeNapoli at 11:10 in the first quarter. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead at 10:25 when sophomore Cuccinello beat PSU’s Kaut middle right.

Penn State struck back with a three-goal run starting at 9:28, getting scores from Forster, Kyle VanThof and Steven Bogert. But DeNapoli cut short the rally with his 40th goal of the season at 2:05. Hughes caused a Penn State turnover, picked up the ground ball and fed it to DeNapoli for the score. Hughes capped the quarter with his seventh goal of the year and, fourth in four games, with one second left.

The Nittany Lions started the second quarter on another three-goal rally when Forster connected with Tom LaCrosse on a fast break at 13:53. Sanders scored at 11:11 and Gavin Ahern followed at 10:18 to give PSU a 6-4 lead.

Junior Andrew Hodgson notched a goal for Towson at 6:59 when Towson worked the ball around the back of the net to Cuccinello who fed Hodgson. He dodged a defender and beat Kaut high to low from 12 yards out. His goal inched Towson to within one, 6-5, and Mabus’ tally at 4:28 pulled the Tigers even, 6-6.

Cuccinello started the third quarter with a bullet at 12:30 to put Towson up, 7-6, before Hodgson scored just over eight minutes later to give the Tigers an 8-6 advantage they carried into the fourth quarter.

The final frame was a wild one, seeing a total of seven goals – four in the final four minutes. Cuccinello posted his final goal of the game at 13:19 from 13 yards out, but the Lions showed they still had some fight when Sanders scored his 41st of the season 45 seconds later. Hughes answered with his second of the game when freshman Dan Livingston cleared the ball and passed to a waiting Hughes right in front of the goal at 6:51. That put Towson up three,10-7.

Towson was whistled for a slash at 4:54 and Penn State capitalized just 24 seconds into the penalty with a Sturgis goal at 4:31 to make it 10-8. DeNapoli posted his 41st of the year at 2:33, unassisted to increase the Tigers’ lead to 11-8. It gave Towson just enough breathing room to withstand Penn State goals from Sturgis and Sanders, at 2:14 and 1:42 respectively.

With the win, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They will find out their opponent during the NCAA selection show on Sunday, May 5.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 11, No. 9 Penn State 10
Towson (10-7)               4-2-2-3/11
Penn State (12-4)           3-3-0-4/10

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 3, DeNapoli 2, Hodgson 2, Hughes, 2, Mabus, McCarty; PSU – Sanders 3, Forster 2, Sturgis 2, Ahern, VanThof, Bogert. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Livingston, Mabus; PSU – Ahern 2, Manley 2, LaCrosse, Zittel. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (12, 60:00, 10 GA); PSU – Kaut (6, 60:00,11 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 32; PSU – 35. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 21; PSU – 33. FACE-OFFS: TOW –5-24; PSU – 19-24. CLEARS: TOW – 22-24; PSU – 19-23. EMO: TOW – 0-2; PSU 2-2. ATT: 796.

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