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Towson Football Coach Ambrose believes alumni in NFL validates team

Posted on 24 July 2014 by WNST Audio

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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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Towson’s DeNapoli picks up CAA academic honor

Posted on 15 June 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University student-athletes Thomas DeNapoli and Joe Gunerman were honored as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) announced its spring scholar-athletes. DeNapoli was the men’s lacrosse honoree while Gunerman was the men’s golf selection.

The CAA honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 21 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Thewinners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.

DeNapoli earned his degree from Towson this past spring after posting a 3.36 GPA as a biology major. He was a USILA Scholar All-American and a member of the CAA All-Academic team in men’s lacrosse. On the field, DeNapoli earned second-team All-CAA honors after leading the Tigers with 36 points on 17 goals and 19 assists. He scored at least one point in 13 of 15 games this season and scored two or more goals in a single contest five times. He corralled 26 ground balls on the season. DeNapoli was a Senior CLASS Award nominee and was a recipient of Towson’s Doc Minnegan Scholarship. DeNapoli was a first-team All-CAA honoree in 2013, made the All-CAA second team in 2012 and was a member of the CAA All-Rookie squad in 2011.

Gunerman also earned his degree in political science from Towson in May. He graduated with a 3.71 grade point average (GPA). He was honored as Towson’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to be chosen as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar Nominee for the second year in a row. On the course, Gunerman earned a spot on the All-CAA second team for the second consecutive year in 2014. He ranked second on the squad in scoring average (73.7) and rounds under par (6) and posted individual victories this season at the Navy Fall Classic and the Navy Spring Invitational. Gunerman placed sixth at the CAA Men’s Golf Championship with a three-round score of 220.

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Towson extends Skerry’s contract through 2020

Posted on 02 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PAT SKERRY HAS YEAR ADDED TO CONTRACT
Towson men’s basketball head coach has deal extended through 2019-2020 season

TOWSON, Md. – After a record-setting 2013-14 season, Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry’s contract has been extended by one year and now runs through the 2019-2020 season.

Skerry, who signed a contract extension through 2018-19 during the offseason last year, will see the terms of his contract remain the same with the additional year being added on.

“Our men’s basketball program has excelled under the leadership of Coach Skerry and we’re thrilled to extend his contract through the 2019-20 season,” said Towson Director of Athletics Tim Leonard. “Pat and his staff have done an extraordinary job recruiting and developing the type of student-athletes that work tremendously hard both on the court and in the classroom. Pat and his wife Kristen, along with the entire staff, have truly embraced being part of the Towson family and community. I couldn’t be more excited about the future of our men’s basketball program moving forward under his leadership.”

Skerry guided Towson to its best ever season at the Division I level in 2013-14. The Tigers finished 25-11 overall and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The 25 wins are the most for the program at the Division I level and third most in a season all-time. Towson was one of just 44 teams in the country (out of 349) to record at least 25 wins during the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers also made their first postseason appearance since 1991 and won the programs first two Division I postseason games. Towson claimed a pair of road victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at USC Upstate and East Tennessee State.

The Tigers, who played a school-record 36 games last season, posted their first ever Top 100 RPI finish, ending the year at No. 97. Under Skerry, Towson has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94.

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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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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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Towson/Drexel CAA semifinal pushed back to Thursday due to rain

Posted on 30 April 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) semifinal contest scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 30 between the Tiger men’s lacrosse team and Drexel has been postponed.

Inclement weather in the area made the field unplayable on Wednesday evening.

The two teams are now scheduled for a 12 noon opening faceoff on Thursday, May 1 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Check back with TowsonTigers.com for any further updates.

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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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Towson welcomes Drexel for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson hosts No. 18 Drexel on Saturday, April 19 in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Both teams have clinched berths in the CAA tournament, which begins on April 30.

Opening Face-Off
Towson will honor its six seniors tonight in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Tigers are coming off an 8-1 loss to Penn State at home on April 12. Drexel comes into tonight’s contest riding a four-game win streak after a 13-9 win over UMass last weekend.

Updating the Tigers
Freshman Mike Lynch scored with 54.7 seconds left to keep the Tigers from being shut out by Penn State, 8-1, last weekend. Towson struggled with turnovers throughout the contest.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel comes into the game ranked 18th in the nation after posting a 13-9 win over UMass. Seven different Dragons scored in the victory. Nick Trizano led the way with a hat trick. Drexel has now won four straight, and a Dragon victory tonight would clinch the number two seed and the right to host a CAA tournament semifinal game.

Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson has dominated this series over its history, holding a 38-7 advantage all-time. However, Drexel has held its own in the last five games, winning three including the first meeting between the teams in 2013. In the second meeing – during the CAA semifinals – Towson exacted revenge by defeating the Dragons, 11-8, en route to winning the 2013 CAA title.

Last Time Out vs. Drexel: May 1, 2013 (Towson 11, Drexel 8)
Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse over Drexel, 11-8, and into the CAA Tournament final. McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while Justin Mabus had three assists. Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a). The Tigers advanced to the CAA finals for the seventh time overall and first since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game. McCarty scored three goals in each half. Towson led 9-3 at the start of the third quarter before stalling offensively and allowing five goals. The Tigers righted the ship in the fourth, holding the Dragons scoreless for the win.

Three Things to Watch
1. The Avengers. This is the first meeting between the teams since Towson defeated Drexel in the CAA semifinals. The Tigers performed poorly against Penn State last weekend, the team Towson beat for the 2013 CAA title. Will there be a hangover?
2. Six was the magic number. A Tiger scored six goals in each of the meetings between the teams last season - Thomas DeNapoli did so in the 14-11 loss on April 20 before Ben McCarty did so in the CAA semifinal win. Will either player or any Tiger be able to lead the offensive production like that this year?
3. Offense, defense, special teams. The Dragons have scored 49 goals in their last four games (12.25 gpg) and are averaging 11.75 gpg for the season. Towson has scored 22 in the same span and is averaging just 8.42 gpg. On the other hand, Drexel allows opponents 10.42 gpg to the Tigers’ 8.92 gpg allowed. Towson is also fourth in the nation this week in man-down defense, killing 75.6 percent of their penalties. Drexel leads the CAA with 1.58 EMO goals per game and is second in the league in man-up scoring percentage (.388).

Senior Day
The Tigers will honor their six seniors Saturday evening. Seniors Peter Athens, Thomas DeNapoli, John Fennessy, Devin Grimaldi, Johnny Gallagher and Max Siskind will be recognized, along with their parents in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Ferrante scholarship will also be awarded to a member of the junior class.

Next Up
Towson finishes its regular season with nationally ranked Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

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