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Towson tries to return to winning ways Saturday at UMass

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson men’s lacrosse hits the road for the last time in the regular season, visiting the No. 11 Minutemen of UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at Garber Field.

Opening Face-Off
Hofstra snapped Towson’s six-game win streak with a 9-7 victory over the Tigers in a windy and soggy contest in Hempstead, N.Y. on March 29. UMass is coming off a 12-6 win over Hartford. The Minutemen jumped from 14th to 11th in this week’s USILA coaches poll.

Updating the Tigers
Despite a career-best four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson fell, 9-7, at Hofstra on Saturday. The game was tightly contested until the third quarter when Towson went 17:00 without a goal. The Tigers had a chance to tie it late, but the Pride’s Torin Varn scopped a rebounding save and scored for the final margin.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass has been in the top 15 of the USILA coaches poll since the first week of the season. The Minutemen have ranked as high as ninth and are No. 11 this week. Their only two losses came against then-No. 18 Albany (25-10) and then-No. 19 Fairfield (11-5). Saturday’s game is the bookend to back-to-back home games, after last weekend’s 12-6 win over Hartford. UMass is 3-1 at home this season. The Minutemen’s conference win came over then-No. 5 Penn State (8-6) on March 15.

Towson-UMass Series History
This series is a long one, composed of just a few games. It started in 1963 with a four-goal UMass victory but wasn’t revived until 2010. The Minutemen hold a 4-3 advantage in the series and are 2-1 against Towson in Amherst, Mass.

Last Time Out vs. UMass – April 6, 2013 (UMass 5, Towson 9)
Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson defeated UMass, 9-5, at Unitas Stadium. Aftera  first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third frame on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Greg Cuccinello tied his then-career high with two goals. Ben McCarty and Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. UMass had five different players - Kyle SmithMatt WhippenConnor MooneyColin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

Seider Named CAA Rookie of the Week
For the second time in 2014, freshman Joe Seider earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. This time, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-7 loss at Hofstra. His first goal tied the game at 4-4 just before the half. His last goal was an EMO tally that inched Towson to within two, 8-6, with 9:26 left.

Next Up
Towson kicks off a three-game home stand to finish the regular season with a 7 p.m. game against Penn State on Saturday, April 12.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Duck Commander 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fort Worth, TX live on FOX)

10. Mike Birbiglia (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Tuesday-Friday Baltimore Arena); Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out in theaters (Friday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Judah Friedlander has GREAT hats.

Also, this was a wonderful part of Anchorman 2.

9. Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Scott Stapp (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage Thursday 8pm Capitol Theatre); Childish Gambino (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Hold Steady (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dream Theater (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theater); Rocket From The Crypt (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line” and Chevelle “La Gargola” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I will be at The Lone Bellow Thursday night in York. Zach Williams from TLB will be on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. These are exciting times.

You know what, here’s more of The Lone Bellow. They’re THAT good. They do a John Prine song in this one.

More Lone Bellow? MORE LONE BELLOW.

Oh and also Nickel Creek. Because…also…Nickel Creek.

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Towson sees six game win streak snapped at Hofstra

Posted on 30 March 2014 by WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Despite four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson Lacrosse had its six-game win streak snapped with a 9-7 loss at Hofstra Saturday evening at Shuart Stadium.

It was a tightly contested matchup until Hofstra was able to hold the Tigers scoreless for nearly 17 minutes between the third and fourth quarters. Towson was able to get to within one, 8-7, at 7:08 in the fourth, but Hofstra scored on a rebound to seal the win.

In addition to Seider’s four goals, senior Thomas DeNapoli added three points (1g, 2a). Torin VarnSam Llinares and Korey Hendrickson each had two goals for the Pride.

Anthony Zappone struck first for the Pride, just 2:34 into the game when Hofstra capitalized on a caused turnover and scored on a fast break. DeNapoli had a hand in Towson’s first two goals, scoring the early equalizer at 10:15 and assisting Seider’s tally at 7:01 first quarter that put the Tigers in front, 2-1.

However, Hofstra standouts Llinares (2g) and Drew Coholan strung together three goals to put the Pride back ahead, 4-1. Greg Cuccinello struck at 7:51 for Towson, from his favorite spot 15 yards out. Seider and DeNapoli teamed up again with 2:07 left in the half to help the Tigers go into the break tied with Hofstra, 4-4.

Towson and the Pride traded goals to start the second half. After Seider’s second goal at 11:21 in the third quarter. Hendrickson and Varn each tallied a goal to put Hofstra up, 7-5, at the start of the fourth quarter. Seider scored his fourth of the game – an EMO tally off an assist from Justin Mabus - with 9:26 left in the game, as the Tigers trailed the Pride, 8-6.

Senior Max Siskind scored from close range at 7:08 fourth quarter to inch the Tigers to within one, 8-7. However, Varn picked up a rebounded save and whipped it past sophomore Tyler White to score his second tally of the game and give Hofstra its final lead.

The Tigers stalk up to No. 14 UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 7, Hofstra 9

Towson (7-3, 1-1 CAA) 2-2-1-2/7
Hofstra (6-3, 3-0 CAA)  2-2-3-2/9

GOALS: TOW – Seider 4, DeNapoli, Cuccinello, Siskind; HOF – Varn 2, Llinares 2, Hendrickson 2, Coholan, Yapor, Zappone. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Drenner, Mabus; HOF – Llinares, Sullivan, Varn.SAVES: TOW – White (7, 60:00, 9 GA); HOF – Selva (3, 60:00, 7 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 24; HOF – 29. GBs:TOW – 32; HOF – 37. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 6-19; HOF – 13-19. EMO: TOW – 1-2; HOF – 0-3. ATT: 1108.

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Towson aims to continue hot play Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson and Hofstra – both receiving votes in the USILA poll – face-off on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers continued their winning ways with an 11-8 decision over Delaware in Towson’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season opener. Hofstra comes into Saturday’s contest after an 11-9 win at Drexel. The Pride have victories over the Dragons and Delaware in conference play.

Updating the Tigers
After spotting Delaware a 5-0 lead, Towson came roaring back to defeat the Blue Hens 11-8 at Unitas Stadium on March 22. The Tigers held the Hens scoreless for the final 31:18 of the game. Junior Justin Mabus led all players with a career-best five points (1g, 4a).

Scouting the Pride
Hofstra started the season 0-2 before putting together four-game winning streak. That streak was snapped by an 11-10 overtime loss to Saint John’s on March 18. All of the Pride’s games so far this season have been decided by two goals or fewer. Hofstra’s 22 CAA goals have been evenly divided over four quarters (5-5-7-5) and the Pride averages 34 shots in two games.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
Begun in 1961, Towson and Hofstra have played each other 44 times. The series pre-dates reliable records; five times the teams played where the sites of the games were unknown. Hofstra leads these meetings, 3-2. The Tigers have historically fared better at home, winning 12 of 19 games played in Towson. Towson won five straight games from 2003 to 2005, but Hofstra proceeded to win six of the next seven games until falling in the 2012 double-overtime thriller.

Last Time Out vs. Hofstra - March 30, 2013 (Hofstra 6, Towson 7)
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a then-season-high 19 saves and Justin Mabus and Andrew Hodgson each scored four points in the 7-6 victory over then-No. 15 Hofstra at Unitas Stadium. It was Towson’s first win over a ranked team in 2013 and first at home since a 9-8 victory over then-No. 5 Brook on March 19, 2011. Wascavage faced 42 shots on the evening, withstanding a late Pride charge and turning away eight shots in the final period. Hodgson and Mabus each had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, who took a sizable 7-4 lead with 6:43 remaining in the game on Mabus’ second tally of the evening. Hodgson’s four points were a career best, while Mabus also notched a personal best with two goals. Adrian Sorichetti had a goal and an assist to lead the Pride.

Three Things to Watch
1. It will be a battle of the two CAA weekly honorees: Player of the Week Drew Coholan and Rookie of the WeekRyan Drenner. Coholan scored eight goals as the Pride went 1-1 last week. Drenner scored five points (3g, 2a) in a 2-0 Towson week.

2. Both teams are careful with the ball. Towson and Hofstra both rank in the top 10 in the NCAA in turnovers per game. The Pride stands third with just 11.88 miscues per game, while Towson is sixth (12.00).

3. Home field advantage is key. Hofstra holds a 13-6 lead at home in the all-time series and is 4-1 at Shuart Stadium this season. Towson has performed better at home in 2014, going 6-0 at The U.

Drenner Earns CAA Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Ryan Drenner scored five points in two games to earn Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honors for the week of March 24. The midfielder scored one goal and added one assist in a 10-8 win over UMBC on March 18. His tally was an extra-man goal (EMO) that put Towson ahead early, 3-2. His assist came on an EMO goal that gave the Tigers some breathing room, 9-7, at 4:31 in the fourth quarter. The Westminster, Md. native contributed two goals and one assist in the 11-8 victory over Delaware on March 22. Drenner scored Towson’s third goal and the Tigers’ final goal on Saturday. He assisted the goal that cut UD’s lead to 8-7 at 7:27 in the third quarter. The two goals against the Hens tied his career high and marked the second time this season he has posted a multi- goal game. Drenner has nine goals and nine assists on the year. The rookie is also second on the team in EMO goals (3) and total points (18).

Next Up
Towson remains on the road, heading north to UMass to play the Minutemen on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

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Towson’s postseason run ends with loss to Murray State

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team saw its record-setting season come to a close on Thursday night as the Tigers fell, 85-73, at Murray State in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Towson, which set a Division I program record for wins in a season, ends the year at 25-11. The 2013-14 Tigers set numerous records this season, including winning the first two Division I postseason games in school history and playing the most games ever by a Tiger squad.

With the win, Murray State improves to 21-11 overall and 15-1 at home. The Racers will host Pacific in the semifinals of the CIT on Tuesday.

Senior Mike Burwell led the Tigers with 20 points, while All-American candidate Jerrelle Benimon finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

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Towson officially kicks off spring football practice

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Less than three months after facing North Dakota State in the FCS championship game, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Tigers opened their spring season on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m.

“When I woke up at 4:00 a.m., it was 23 degrees and I just groaned,” recalled the Tigers’ sixth-year coach. “I don’t think it was this cold last January when we were preparing for North Dakota State.”

Although the Tigers lost a lot of players to graduation, Ambrose was pleased with what he saw on Thursday morning.

“What struck me the most was the recruiting job we have done the last few years,” he said. “We have a lot of talent on this team. But, we are really, really young, especially on offense.”

Ambrose added, “In a way, this reminds me of spring of 2011. We have a lot of young guys who are hungry. But they need the experience. It should be an interesting spring.”

The Tigers return to spring practice on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

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Towson visits Murray State in CIT quarterfinals Thursday

Posted on 26 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON’S POSTSEASON RIDE CONTINUES AT MURRAY STATE ON THURSDAY
Tigers and Racers battle for spot in CIT Final Four at 8 p.m.

MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play at Murray State on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis calling the action.

Towson (25-10) earned its spot in the Elite 8 of the CIT by knocking off USC Upstate (63-60) in the first round and East Tennessee State (83-77) in the second round.

Both wins came on the road, where the Tigers are 9-7 this year.

Murray State (20-11) has been near unbeatable at home, posting a 14-1 record inside the CFSB Center. The Racers opened CIT play with a 66-63 win at Missouri State before topping Omaha, 86-62, at home on Monday.

Sophomore Four McGlynn has been the star of the Tigers this postseason, hitting the game-winning shot against USC Upstate and scoring a season-high 23 points in the win over East Tennessee State. The guard is shooting 9-for-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc in Towson’s CIT wins.

Murray State is led by freshman guard Cameron Payne, who averages 16.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Racers average 77.4 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field.

The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the Final Four of the CIT. That game will be played on April 1 with the matchups, locations and start times to be announced after all quarterfinal games have been completed.

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Towson to face Murray State next in CIT quarters

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON TO PLAY CIT QUARTERFINAL GAME AT MURRAY STATE
Tigers to face Racers on Thursday at 8 p.m.

MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play its quarterfinal game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Thursday at Murray State.

Tip time is set for 8 p.m. EST at the 8,600-seat CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

Murray State (20-11) is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and has been to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including in 2010 and 2012.

The Racers breezed past Omaha, 86-62, on Monday night to advance to the Elite 8 of the CIT.

Towson (25-10) earned its spot in the tournaments quarterfinals with its 83-77 victory at East Tennessee State on Friday. Sophomore Four McGlynn paced the Tigers with a season-high 23 points, including six three-pointers, in the win.

Towson and Murray State have met twice on the hardwood with each squad winning on its home court. The Tigers won the most current meeting with the Racers, a 79-58 win at the Towson Center in 1981.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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Towson F Benimon to compete in College All-Star Game Final Four weekend

Posted on 24 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON CHOSEN TO COMPETE IN REESE’S COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME DURING FINAL FOUR WEEKEND
All-star game consists of 20 of the top senior players in the country

DALLAS, Texas. – Record-setting senior forward Jerrelle Benimon of the Towson men’s basketball team has been selected to compete in the 2014 Reese’s College All-Star Game on April 4 in Dallas.

The game, run in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), will begin at 4:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four. The contest will take place on the Friday of the Final Four weekend in an East vs. West format. Admission to the game is free.

Benimon is the first Tiger to compete in the all-star game, now in its sixth year of existence.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon was also named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season in 2013-14. The senior has guided Towson to a Division I school record 25 wins this season and a berth in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon leads Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and assists (3.7 apg). His rebounding average ranks second in the NCAA and he is third in the country with 21 double-doubles. Benimon’s 395 rebounds is just one shy of breaking Dan Roberts’ school record set in 1968-69. The forward only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Reese’s College All-Star Game consists of 20 of the top senior college basketball players in the country who have exhausted their eligibility. It is one of the most significant events held as part of the Final Four weekend.

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