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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Delaware State @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Comcast Center); Golf: PGA Tour Franklin Templeton Shootout (Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday 4pm Sunday 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Naples, FL); Boxing: Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana (Saturday 8pm from San Antonio live on Showtime); High School Football: Baltimore Touchdown Club Senior All-Star Game (Saturday 1pm Archbishop Spalding)

10. John Mayer (Saturday 7pm Baltimore Arena); Robin Thicke/Fall Out Boy/Paramore/Miley Cyrus (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Jimmy Eat World/Diamond Youth (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), All That Remains/Asking Alexandria (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live), Lupe Fiasco (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Twenty-One Pilots/The 1975/MS MR/NONONO (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Mint Condition (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rick Springfield (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marshall Tucker Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Wilson Phillips (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bereilles/Gavin DeGraw (Wednesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Steve Winwood/Cris Jacobs (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Gary Allan (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Ginuwine (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ja Rule (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); The Hives (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Ms. Lauryn Hill (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); Mannheim Steamroller (Thursday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Straight No Chaser (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Backstreet Boys (Friday 6:30pm SECU Arena); Childish Gambino “Because the Internet” and Neil Young “Live at The Cellar Down” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

My most embarrassing admission of 2013? I saw John Mayer the first time he ever played the Arena. My second most embarrassing admission? I kinda enjoy the song he did with his girlfriend.

I had a friend who used to have a Jimmy Eat World beanie. I tried to steal it from him 100 times.

This song will end up in my Top 10 of 2013.

It is NEVER embarrassing to be caught singing along to this.

9. Andrew Dice Clay (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Gilbert Gottfried (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House);  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks” out in theaters (Friday); “Despicable Me 2″ and “Fast & Furious 6″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

And instead I’ll encourage you to watch Kay & Peele attempt to break the record for impressions in one minute.

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Maryland soccer advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Terrapins (15-3-5) controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters (15-5-3). Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.

Mullins had the best opportunity of the opening 25 minutes when his header flashed wide off a Mikey Ambrosecross. The senior was constant a threat to the Irvine backline.

That threat turned into a tally in the 33rd minute.  Tsubasa Endoh was able to brilliantly dribble past two Anteater defenders on the right wing before sending in a cross that Mullins poked past Irvine keeper Michael Breslin.

The goal was Mullins’ 16th of the season and put him into a tie with Abe Thompson and Casey Townsend for third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 43.

Steffen made his presence felt late in the first half, palming a Cameron Iwasa strike over the bar.

The Terp attack stayed dangerous in the second half, putting together a number of solid attacking sequences, but was unable to find an insurance goal.

With the offense unable to seal the match, Steffen put together one of his best halves of the season to keep the Terps in front. The freshman sprawled to his right to stop an Enrique Cardenas shot that was headed to the top corner.

The Downingtown, Pa., native saved the Terps again in the 88th minute, getting in front of a point blank Irvine shot to hold the Maryland lead.

The Terrapin midfield was outstanding the entire night. Mikias Eticha, Dan Metzger and Endoh relentlessly pressured the Anteaters and linked up the Terp backline and forwards on numerous occasions.

“I thought we put out a great performance against an excellent Irvine team, especially in the first half,” head coachSasho Cirovski said. “I give Irvine a lot of credit for throwing some numbers forward and challenging us in the second half. I thought we stood strong. I think you’ve seen the resiliency of this team and the growth of it. I thought we were quite composed.”

Maryland will travel to No. 4 California for a rematch of an early-season meeting in which the Bears upended the Terps in overtime. Maryland will battle Cal for a shot at the College Cup next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. It is Maryland’s ninth quarterfinal appearance since 2002.

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Maryland soccer tops Providence, advances to Sweet 16

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md - No. 5 seed Maryland benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute as the Terps defeated Providence 3-1 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday night at Ludwig Field.

The Terrapins (14-3-5) advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars (12-6-4). The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.

Sauers opened the scoring in the 19th minute, slaloming through a couple Friar defenders before slotting his shot past keeper Keasel Broome.

Phil Towler evened the match in the 69th minute. The junior used the outside of his left foot to flick a Fabio Machado delivery over keeper Zack Steffen. It was the Terrapins’ first goal allowed since the final game of the regular season at Virginia Tech, a stretch spanning over 350 minutes.

The Terps struck back just a minute later. Mullins sent a slick back heel to Tsubasa Endoh, who was fouled trying to receive the ball. Mullins finished the ensuing spot kick for his team high 15th goal of the season. The senior is a perfect 9-for-9 on penalty kicks this season. His 42 career goals are tied for fourth all-time in Terrapin annals.

Sauers had a chance to grab an insurance goal for the Terps with 14 minutes to go. The freshman latched onto a pass in the box after a scramble, but the Providence defense combined to save his close range effort off the line.

Pace put away the match for Maryland with four minutes to go. The redshirt senior capitalized on some confusion in the Friar backline and put the ball past Broome on a breakaway for his sixth goal of the season.

The Maryland defense was once again solid for all 90 minutes. The backline dealt with a late Providence indirect free kick and snuffed out attacks all night.

“I’m extremely proud of our team. We started the game very brightly and I thought carried a lot chances early on and were probably a little unfortunate to not get a second or third goal,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “I give Providence a lot of credit for being resolute and finding the tying goal but our response couldn’t have been better. We raised it about three levels and created the penalty kick and stayed strong.”

The Terrapins will play in the NCAA third round next Sunday against UC Irvine. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

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Towson gets 7th seed, first round bye in FCS playoffs

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Towson gets 7th seed, first round bye in FCS playoffs

Posted on 24 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Host Fordham-Sacred Heart Winner on Dec. 7

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After posting a 10-2 record in the regular season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team earned the No. 7 seed for the NCAA FCS Championship Playoffs, it was announced by the NCAA on Sunday morning.

The Tigers, who are making their second NCAA FCS playoff appearance in the last three years, are one of eight seeded teams which earned first round byes.

Towson will host the winner of the first round game between Fordham (11-1) and Sacred Heart (10-2), the 2013 Northeast Conference championship team. The game will be played at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

“When you work hard and when you sacrifice, special things can happen,’ said Coach Ambrose. “Every day, the eye was on the prize. Without everybody working together this just doesn’t happen.

“When I took the job, I said it wasn’t a matter of if, but when,” he added. “The ability to maintain our level of success over the past couple of years has given Towson national respect. I am proud to be a part of this community. It’s gratifying, I can’t hide it. I’m proud, I really am. The feeling is just plain awesome.”

Defending national champion North Dakota State (11-0) is the top seed while Eastern Illinois (11-1) is the number two seed. Eastern Washington (10-2) is seeded third while Southeastern Louisiana (10-2) is the number four seed. Colonial Athletic Association champion Maine (10-2) earned the number five seed while McNeese State (10-2) is seeded sixth.

No. 7 Towson and No. 8 Montana (10-2) round out the field of teams that earned first round byes.

New Hampshire is the only other CAA team to be selected as part of the playoff field.

The Tigers became the first NCAA team to earn an NCAA post-season bid at three different levels when they were selected for an FCS playoff berth two years ago. Towson was selected to play in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1976 and made the Division II playoff field in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

In his fifth season as the Tigers’ coach, Ambrose has led the Tigers to a 29-28 record. Over the last three years, Towson has posted a 26-9 record, including a 19-5 mark in CAA games.

With a 6-2 record in the CAA this season, the Tigers finished the season tied for second in the CAA with New Hampshire. Towson won the 2011 CAA championship and shared the 2012 CAA title with Villanova, Richmond and UNH.

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday at James Madison

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Tigers To Honor 19 Seniors In Pre-Game Ceremonies

TOWSON, Md. –  Closing out the regular season against Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will try to improve their resume for the NCAA FCS playoffs when they host the Dukes on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The Tigers, who are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the CAA, have been ranked in the NCAA FCS for most of the season. They should be part of the playoff field but a win over James Madison could earn them a top eight seed.

The game will be televised on NBC SportsNet with Todd Harris and Anthony Herron calling the action.

“We don’t talk about the playoffs in the locker room, says Ambrose, who has guided the Tigers to their third consecutive winning season. “That’s a wasted conversation. We just focus on the next play and the next game. If we win, all of those things will take care of themselves.”

The Dukes, who have gone to the NCAA playoffs five times since 2004, bring a 6-5 overall record and a 3-4 CAA mark to Unitas Stadium for the 25th meeting between the schools.

James Madison holds an 18-5-1 series lead over Towson and has won the last eight meetings in a row. However, the last two games have been very close. In 2010, the Dukes escaped Unitas Stadium with a 17-13 victory. Last year, JMU had to come from behind to edge Towson in the final minute, 13-10.

“We see the bigger picture but we have to focus on the things that make us who we are,” adds Ambrose. “We still have a home game against a tough opponent and it is Senior Day for a group of seniors that helped lay the foundation for success long after this season and we need to celebrate them in the right way.”

The Tigers will be honoring a class that went from rags-to-riches over the last four seasons. When the seniors were freshmen in 2010, they had to endure a 1-10 season. However, they have led Towson to a 25-9 record over the last three seasons.

On Saturday, the Tigers will be honoring quarterback Peter Athens (Huntingtown H.S./Huntingtown, Md.), linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.), guard Anthony Davis (Clover Hill H.S./Midlothian, Va.), linebacker Anthony DiSanzo (Don Bosco Prep/Fair Lawn, N.J.), kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.), tight end Will Fleming (Archbishop Hoban H.S./Akron, Ohio), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), linebacker Monte Gaddis (Central Catholic H.S./Cleveland, Ohio),  tackleRandall Harris (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.), guard Charles Johnson (Poly H.S./Baltimore, Md.), wide receiverLeon Kinnard (Loyola H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), cornerback Jordan Love (Deep Run H.S./Washington, D.C.), cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin H.S./Reisterstown, Md.), tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.), running back Sterlin Phifer (Landstown H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.), linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir H.S./Laurel, Md.), center Doug Shaw (Loyola H.S./Woodbine, Md.) and kicker D.J. Soven (Cypress Bay H.S./Weston, Fla.).

In that group of 19 seniors, 10 of them are Maryland natives.

In addition, the senior class includes two All-Americans (Pike and Love) and five players who have earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors.

Saturday’s game will be an important one for Pike, the Tigers’ 6-5, 298-pound tackle. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, he will set a school record by playing in the 46th game of his college career. Not only has he played in 46 games, he has also started every one of them.

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 15-9 victory at No. 16 William & Mary last week. Despite being held to their lowest offensive totals in 18 games, the Tigers pulled out the win by shutting out the Tribe in the second half.

In Saturday’s game, junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) will lead the Tiger ground game against the top run defense in the CAA. James Madison is allowing only 97.5 rushing yards per game and has given up only eight rushing touchdowns.

West leads NCAA FCS with 1,765 rushing yards on 279 carries, an average of 160.5 rushing yards per game. He also leads the nation with 28 touchdowns on the season.

Freshman Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) has also been a major part of the Tigers’ success on the ground. He has rushed for 411 yards on 64 carries with five touchdowns. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The Tigers, who top the CAA in scoring with a school record 418 points, also lead the CAA with 2,711 rushing yards and 5,237 yards of total offense. They have scored 57 touchdowns this season, matching the school record set in 2011.

Clark leads the Tiger defense with 99 tackles in 11 games. He has 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. Clark has forced four fumbles and recovered three fumbles. A two-time selection as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, he was the National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers’ win at Richmond.

Gaddis is tied for second on the team with 77 tackles in 11 games. He has two interceptions and one recovered fumble.

The Tigers, who have won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to last season, will learn their NCAA FCS post-season fate on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11:30 a.m. The team will gather at PAWS in the University Union to watch the selection show. Towson football fans are invited to join the team at PAWS.

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Maryland soccer gets fifth overall seed in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  The University of Maryland picked up the fifth overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, announced Monday afternoon.

The back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference champions dropped Virginia 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the Maryland SoccerPlex to win its third tournament crown in only four seasons. Maryland (13-3-5) has won seven straight matches and has only one loss since Sept. 13.

The Terps played a total of 10 teams in this year’s field, including Clemson and Virginia which they took on twice. Additionally, Maryland played tournament contenders Penn State and St. John’s in a pair of preseason exhibitions.

Maryland will face the winner of the Penn/Providence first round match on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Tourney Terp Notes:

  • Maryland has seven College Cup appearances in the last 15 years, tied for most in the country.
  • Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
  • Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
  • Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country.
  • Maryland is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Terps are seeking to advance to the third round for a nation-best 12th straight season in 2013.

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UMBC soccer gets first round bye in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS – The America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team received a first round bye and will take on the winner of UConn vs. Quinnipiac in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup, the NCAA announced on Monday afternoon.

The Second Round of the College Cup is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24.  Kick-off time has not been set.

UMBC (16-1-2, 5-0-2 AE) won the America East regular season championship and then took the tournament title and automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Hartford on Saturday evening.  Senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored two goals and added an assist in the game to be name the 2013 Most Outstanding Player Award.

Caringi has netted 12 goals this season, leading the America East and ranking tenth in the nation.  He was one of three Retrievers to earn a major conference award this season, garnering the conference’s Striker of the Year award while classmate Kadeem Dares (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) earned Midfielder of the Year and junior Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was tabbed as the Defender of the Year.  Head coachPete Caringi, Jr. and his named was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Last season, UMBC won the conference championship before advancing past Old Dominion on penalty kicks but falling to North Carolina on spot kicks.

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UMBC soccer claims third America East title in four years

Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- Tournament Most Outstanding Player, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) scored a pair of goals, leading the top-seeded and sixth-ranked Retrievers to a 4-0 victory over Hartford in the America East Championship game.

The Retrievers, who lead the nation in winning percentage, (16-1-2) earn America East’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years.  This season marks the first time that UMBC captured the league’s regular season and championship title.

UMBC will learn of its seeding in the NCAA Tournament during the NCAA Men’s Soccer Selection Show on Monday at noon.

“We’re a very confident group… we’re looking forward to seeing who we are going to play on Monday,” said head coach Pete Caringi, Jr. “All along, our goal has been to win the America East and go as far as we can go. Last year, we were excited about playing in the NCAA Tournament, now we want to go farther.”

Hartford started the game brightly, and nearly too an early lead when midfielder Aleko Petridis hit the post in the 9th minute from the top of the box. But that seemed to awaken UMBC and the Retrievers would score just 51 seconds later.

Junior back Jordan Becker (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) drove down the left side and crossed a ball into the box. It deflected off a Hartford defender and Caringi headed the redirect past UH goalkeeper David McKinnon from seven yards away.

Caringi would have two more chances in the first half, but missed one wide and McKinnon came up with a stop on the other attempt.

UMBC led, 1-0, at the half, but junior back Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored just3:59 into the second half to double the Retriever advantage.  Junior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md./Mount St. Joseph) struck a corner kick toward the near post. Caringi got onto it and flicked it towards the far right post, where Ballo headed it home from close range.

Caringi tallied his second goal of the game and league-leading 12th of the season in the 57th minute to put the contest out of reach.  Sophomore midfielder Malcolm Harris (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) bent in a corner from the right side, and the ball skidded off the turf and to a waiting Caringi, who headed it beyond McKinnon and inside the far left post.

Junior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) finalized the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the 86th minute. Junior midfielder Stephen Ho (North Potomac, Md./Wootton) was taken down in the box and the Retriever captain drilled home the ensuing penalty kick.

Caringi, Ballo, and senior midfielder Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) and senior goalkeeper Phil Saunders (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) were named to the All-Championship team.

UMBC outshot Hartford, 19-7, and Saunders made two saves to record his 24th career shutout. Saunders has not allowed a goal in his last four America East Tournament games.

Notes: UMBC becomes the first repeat America East champion since 1997 and is just second program in conference history to win 3 titles in 4 years…The Retrievers are the first No. 1 seed to win tournament since 2008…  Caringi’s five points and two goals tied a single game tournament record… Caringi, who scored eight goals in his first four games in 2013, seven-game goal-scoring drought with the two-goal effort and now has nine career multiple-goal efforts… UMBC’s 16 victories stands alone as the second-most in school history… The 1999 team won a school-record 19 games.

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Tigers Getting Strong Support From Towson Students With Early Season Wins

Posted on 13 November 2013 by Robert Canady

Having set the stage for a successful start to the 2013-14 season by beating Navy 72-45 in the grand opening of SECU Arena last Friday night, the Towson basketball team followed up on that Tuesday night with a 95-75 thrashing of Morgan State at home.  It’s the first time since February 1992 that the Tigers have had back to back wins of 20 points or more.

Navy, while not the typical easy pushover most teams schedule for an opening home game was honestly a team that the Tigers were expected to beat rather easily, and they did. Morgan presented a different challenge.  A very strong team that returned some veteran players, and another Baltimore area team that has gotten the better of Towson in recent years.  While coaches preach to their teams to never take those games lightly, it’s sometimes tough to get the players to buy in.

Towson students are filling the student section and providing strong support for the 2-0 Tigers.

However, having lost a couple of games just like that early last season, it’s safe to say that this year’s Tigers team learned from the past.   Having four seniors in the starting lineup helps the Tigers stay focused on so called ‘trap games.’   Head Coach Pat Skerry echoed those thoughts recently saying, “I’m relying on the veterans on this team to take leadership on and off the court, more this year than in the past.”

With a renowned team like Temple coming in later this week, Senior Jerrelle Benimon was asked if it was hard for the Tigers to not look past Morgan St.  “Coach always emphasizes take one game at a time.  So we took this game and then move on to tomorrow to game plan for Temple.”

While not a senior, sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston remembers the trouble the Tigers had against cross-town teams last year, “We were 0-3 against teams from Baltimore last year.  We’ve got to fix that this year,” he said referring to early season losses to Loyola, UMBC and Coppin State.

The Tigers played well in just about all phases of the game in the win over Navy.  Defense and rebounding are two staples of a Skerry coached team, and the Tigers held the Midshipmen to .311 percent from the field, while hitting on .47% of its on shots, and out rebounded Navy 46-33.   The Tigers were led by Pre Season CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon with 17 boards, while fellow senior Rafiel Guthrie led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points.

While he had an off night scoring wise against Navy with just five points.  Benimon bounced  back with 21 against the Bears to go along with his 14 rebounds.  Skerry said he was happy to see the quick start by Benimon, “I was really proud of the fact that Benimon and Hairston came out locked in.”

The Tigers appear to be a deeper team this year.  “We may go 10 deep this year,” said Skerry before the season started.  We are definitely deeper than we were last year.”   That was evidenced by the eight players who played at least 16 minutes in the opener, and nine players seeing double digit minutes against Morgan St.

While the season is certainly in its infancy, an early look at some of the numbers the Tigers have accumulated after just the first two games indicate the firepower of this team.  First and foremost is the scoring potential, Towson is averaging 83.5 points a game and giving up only 72.0.   Currently four Tigers are averaging in double figures, Guthrie leads the team with 18.0, followed by senior Marcus Damas and Benimon at 13.5 and senior guard Mike Burwell putting up 11.0 points per game.

Contributing to that lofty scoring average is the phenomenal shooting of the thus far.   The Tigers are shooting .520 from the field, .486 from beyond the three-point line, and a very solid  .710  from the free-throw line.   Three point shooting has been an early strength of the Tigers, led by Four McGlynn hitting on .545 of his long range shots, despite going 1-4 against the Bears.  Damas has been red hot as well shooting .500 on 4 of 8 attempts in the early going.  Damas injured his shoulder during the summer and couldn’t play in any games, so he just worked on his shooting.  This was mentioned by Hairston, “I just want to say how hard Marcus worked on shooting this summer.  He was frustrated to not be able to play (in Towson’s summer exhibition tour of Canada) so he just put up shot after shot and it shows.”

Senior Marcus Damas is leading a hot shooting Towson attack, by hitting on .500 of his 3-pointers

Asked his thoughts on why the team is shooting so much better this year than last year’s team, Damas explained, “It’s just a matter of practice and us really working on and knowing our spacing.   We have a lot of guys that can shoot well, but it just comes from practice and getting good looks.”

The three home games to start the season is another huge benefit to the Tigers.  After starting last season with its first 10 games on the road, the home atmosphere has been welcome.  That atmosphere includes the new state of the art SECU Arena in which the Tigers are feeling right at home.  A huge factor in these first two home games has been the Towson student section.  In years past the Tigers struggled to get much of a student turnout at all, and the ones that did come often left after halftime.

The first two games have produced a student section that fills the entire lower 2 sections that are devoted to students and spills into the upper bowl of the arena.   Despite both games being a blowout, the students have stayed until the very end of each game.   The two games have produced an average attendance of 3,300 and the Temple games should certainly attract at least that size of crowd if not more.

Towson will now face two traditional powers from the Philadelphia area, begging with Temple which visits SECU Arena on Thursday.  Three days later the Tigers will play their first road game of the year when they take the trip up I-95 to face Villanova.  Towson is 0-4 all-time against the Wildcats, with the last loss coming in 2008.


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UMBC Women’s Soccer clinches first ever NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Brown Punches Ticket to NCAA’s for UMBC Women’s Soccer; Retrievers Earn First-Ever Tournament Title
Cinderella story continues at the big dance for UMBC women’s soccer

BALTIMORE – UMBC women’s soccer continued the unimaginable, garnering its first-ever conference tournament title, as red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) registered her sixth game-winning goal of the season to give No. 1 UMBC the 2-1 victory against No. 2 Stony Brook in the America East Championship game on Saturday evening at Retriever Soccer Park. The Retrievers become the first team in America East history to complete the worst-to-first turnaround and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

The Retrievers (13-5-2) will learn of their opponent for the opening round of the tournament during the selection show on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

The Retrievers, who combined for one win over the previous two seasons, continued to add to its most successful season in program history, having earned a share of its first-ever regular-season title and posting a program record in wins with 13. UMBC’s turnaround currently ranks second in Division I in winning percentage differential.

Stony Brook (11-6-2) had the first opportunity of the contest 17 minutes into the contest, as freshman defender Christina Fluman launched a shot just from inside the box, but UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) came up big, knocking down the shot. The rebound from junior forward Shannon Grogan was sent wide ride to keep the game scoreless.

The Retrievers responded with their first chance of the afternoon as UMBC’s leading scorer Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) sent a shot in from the right wing that was wide and just out of reach for freshman midfielder Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) to rebound in with a header.

Stony Brook was able to strike first, as freshman forward Maxie New crossed the ball over the head of a UMBC defender to setup a screened shot for senior forward Larissa Nysch to blast inside the far right post, just out of reach of a diving Kadet.

The Retrievers responded with just their seventh first half goal of the season for the equalizer in the 42nd minute. A header from Brown bounced off the post and sophomore back Nikki Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) gathered the ball and sent in her second goal of the season past the America East Goalkeeper of the Year Ashley Castanio, to tie the contest at one.

The Retrievers’ backline stayed strong throughout the second half, allowing Brown, the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player, to deflect a ball over the head of Castanio after the ball was batted around in front of the net in the 59th minute.

The Seawolves continued to look for their chance at an equalizer, as Nysch, an All-Tournament honoree, sent a centering pass to junior forward Megan Rea in the 80th minute, but Rea sailed her shot high of the net to keep the Retrievers out in front. SBU would record just one more shot in the contest, a kick wide by sophomore midfielder Tessa Devereaux.

Kadet, a member of the All-Tournament Team, matched a season-high with seven saves, while Castanio totaled five stops on the night.

2013 All-Tournament Team
Jessy Brown, UMBC – Most Outstanding Player
Nikki Boretti, UMBC
Alexa Quaranta, UMBC
Lauren Kadet, UMBC
Larissa Nysch, Stony Brook
Ashley Castanio, Stony Brook
Ahriel Fernandez, Stony Brook
Nikki McFarland, Vermont
Connie Gormley, Binghamton
Maggie Malone, Maine
Lisa Bijman, Maine
Stephanie Santos, Hartford
Raelynn Mikell, Hartford

Game Notes
-UMBC has won 10 straight games on its home field and is 10-2-0 at home on the season.
-Alexa Quaranta moved into a tie for third place with a total of 60 shots on the season.
-The Retrievers move to 1-4 in conference tournament title games.
-Prior to the season, UMBC had never won an America East postseason contest, they now move to 2-2 all-time.
-UMBC trails the all-time series 5-9-1, but are 2-0 against the Seawolves in 2013.
-Eight of 15 games between the Retrievers and Seawolves have been decided by one goal or less. UMBC is 4-3-1 against SBU in one-goal games all-time. The Retrievers are 10-4 this season in one goal games.

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