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Providence Forward Dixon To Transfer to Towson

Posted on 30 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Bilal Dixon Will Transfer to Towson
Forward/Center Played in 94 Games & Started 68 for Providence from 2009-12

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball program has added a big man to help the Tigers for the 2012-13 season, as Bilal Dixon, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward/center, will attend Towson. Dixon will have one year of eligibility remaining after transferring from Providence College, where he played in 94 games and started 68 for the Friars from 2009-12.

“We’re excited to add a player with Bilal’s talent and experience to our roster,” said Towson head coach Pat Skerry. “I coached him for two years in the BIG EAST conference, at a prestigious school like Providence that has a rich basketball tradition. I know what he’s capable of and I am thrilled to have him as a member of our basketball family. We are looking forward to adding a student-athlete that’s had success at the highest level of collegiate basketball.”

Dixon, a native of Jersey City, N.J., was named to The Sporting News BIG EAST All-Freshman Team in 2010 after averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while starting 30 of 31 games for Providence. As a freshman, Dixon recorded his first double-double in conference play against No. 19 Connecticut as he registered 12 points and 11 rebounds and guided the Friars past the Huskies, 81-66. Dixon also hauled in 16 rebounds while matching up against future NBA draft pick Greg Monroe and seventh-ranked Georgetown and he set his career-high with 19 boards vs. Seton Hall.

As a sophomore, Dixon had nine double-digit rebounding games, including double-doubles against Colonial Athletic Association foe Northeastern and BIG EAST rival Seton Hall.

This past season, Dixon saw action in 31 of 32 games for the Friars and averaged 4.3 points per game. He was fourth on the team in rebounding (4.1 rpg), second in blocked shots (37) and second in field goal percentage (55.8 percent). Dixon scored a career-high 18 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead Providence past Rutgers on February 1, 2012. He also had a career-high seven blocked shots against South Carolina on December 1, 2011. Dixon averaged a rebound every 3.87 minutes he was on the floor, which ranked eighth in the BIG EAST Conference.

Dixon attended Queen of Peace High School (N.J.) from 2006-08 where he was a second-team All-State selection and the Conference Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Dixon led Queen of Peace to an 18-0 mark in conference action in 2008. Dixon played at St. Anthony’s High School (N.J.) during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Dixon will be one of three transfer students from BIG EAST programs who will be eligible to play for Towson. He joins Jerrelle Benimon (Georgetown) and Mike Burwell (South Florida), who each have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2012-13 season.

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Many Locals on Tewaaraton Nominee List

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2012 Tewaaraton Award men’s and women’s nominees, presented by Panama Jack. Twenty five women and 25 men were selected as nominees, from which the 12th annual Tewaaraton Award 10 finailists (5 women, 5 men) will be selected and honored May 31, 2012, at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
 
The men’s award nominees include players from 20 schools, including 2011 winner Steele Stanwick (Virginia) and representatives from 18 of the current top 20 teams in the April 23 USILA Men’s Division I Poll. Salisbury University’s Sam Bradman the lone Division III representative. Five schools had two players nominated, including Johns Hopkins (Pierce Bassett, Tucker Durkin), Loyola (Scott Ratliff, Michael Sawyer), Princeton (Tyler Fiorito, Tom Schreiber), Massachusetts (Anthony Biscardi, Will Manny) and Virginia (Colin Briggs, Stanwick). Men’s nominees are as follows:
Pierce Bassett, Goalie – Johns Hopkins University
Peter Baum, Midfield – Colgate University
Jesse Bernhardt, LSM – University of Maryland
Anthony Biscardi, Midfield – University of Massachusetts
Sam Bradman, Midfield – Salisbury University
Colin Briggs, Midfield – University of Virginia
CJ Costabile, Long Stick Midfield – Duke University
Kevin Cunningham, Attack – Villanova University
Tucker Durkin, Defense – Johns Hopkins University
Billy Eisenreich, Attack – Bucknell University
Tyler Fiorito, Goalie – Princeton University
Marcus Holman, Attack/Midfield – University of North Carolina
Austin Kaut, Goalie – Penn State University
John Kemp, Goalie – University of Notre Dame
Roy Lang, Midfield – Cornell University
Will Manny, Attack – University of Massachusetts
Kiel Matisz, Midfield – Robert Morris University
Mark Matthews, Attack – University of Denver
Brian Megill, Defense – Syracuse University
Mason Poli, Defense – Bryant University
Scott Ratliff, LSM – Loyola University
Michael Sawyer, Attack – Loyola University
Tom Schreiber, Midfield – Princeton University
Steele Stanwick, Attack – University of Virginia
Garrett Thul, Attack – United States Military Academy
The women’s award nominees include players from 17 schools, including 2011 winner Shannon Smith (Northwestern) and representatives from 16 of the current top 20 teams in the April 24 IWLCA Division I Poll. Maryland (Kari Ellen Johnson, Iliana Sanza, Katie Schwarzmann) and North Carolina (Kara Cannizzaro, Becky Lynch, Laura Zimmerman) led all schools with three nominees each. Schwarzmann and Smith have been nominated for a second straight year.
Dana Cahill, Goalie – Penn State University
Kara Cannizzaro, Midfield – University of North Carolina
Ally Carey, Midfield – Vanderbilt University
Kitty Cullen, Attack – University of Florida
Brittany Dashiell, Midfield – University of Florida
Emma Hamm, Attack – Duke University
Kristin Igoe, Midfield – Boston College
Karri Ellen Johnson, Attack – University of Maryland
Becky Lynch, Attack – University of North Carolina
Alayna Markwordt, Attack – Ohio State University
Alyssa Murray, Attack – Syracuse University
Josie Owen, Attack – University of Virginia
Marlee Paton, Midfield – Loyola University
Sarah Plumb, Midfield – Dartmouth College
Iliana Sanza, Defense – University of Maryland
Katie Schwarzmann, Midfield – University of Maryland
Shannon Smith, Midfield – Northwestern University
Jessi Steinberg, Attack – Cormell University
Maggie Tamasitis, Attack – University of Notre Dame
Mary Teeters, Goalie – Towson University
Sophia Thomas, Midfield – Georgetown University
Taylor Thornton, Defense – Northwestern University
Michelle Tumolo, Attack – Syracuse University
Kim Wenger, Midfield – Duke University
Laura Zimmerman, Midfield – University of North Carolina
Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 10 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original men’s and women’s watch lists, were announced Feb. 15 with additions made March 20 and April 3 and were ultimately comprised of 82 men’s players and 57 women’s players.
“We congratulate these 50 elite student-athletes on their remarkable accomplishments thus far this season,” said Jeff Harvey, chairman of the Tewaaraton Foundation. “With the help of our selection committees, we look forward to announcing this year’s finalists next month.” The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and ten women’s current and former coaches.
For more information on the Tewaaraton Award, please visit www.tewaaraton.com. Like and follow The Tewaaraton Foundation at www.facebook.com/Tewaaraton and www.twitter.com/tewaaraton.
 
About The Tewaaraton Foundation
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Endorsed by the Mohawk Nation Council of Elders and US Lacrosse, the Tewaaraton Award symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American heritage. The Tewaaraton Foundation ensures the integrity and advances the mission of this award. Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy – the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora – and presents two scholarships to students of Iroquois descent. To learn more about The Tewaaraton Foundation, please visit www.tewaaraton.com.
About Panama Jack
Panama Jack is an international company that has built a powerful brand and loyal following with product offerings synonymous with a carefree beach lifestyle. Its offerings include suncare products, sunglasses, beach apparel, sandals and shoes, hats, jewelry, and beach chairs and umbrellas. Panama Jack added home furnishings to its product offerings in 2011, introducing its Home Collection and Outdoor Collection that allow people to live the Panama Jack lifestyle at home. The company also launched branded luggage and beach-cruiser bicycles in 2010, as well as opening the first of several Panama Jack retail stores at top travel destinations. Founded in 1974, Panama Jack is based in Orlando, FL. To learn more, please visit www.panamajack.com.

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Towson Football Tiger Bowl II Set For Saturday Afternoon

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Tiger Bowl II, which features an intrasquad football game among members of the Towson University team, will be held on Saturday, April 21 as a highlight of a full day of activities for Tiger fans.

The Tiger Bowl, which attracted more than 1,000 fans last season, will be played at 1 p.m. in Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and open to the public.

Tiger Bowl Saturday starts at 9 a.m. with a Youth Football Clinic that will be held at the Towson University Soccer Complex. The clinic is open to all eighth graders or younger and it will be conducted by the Tiger coaching staff.

At 11:30 a.m., the Tiger Football Alumni Game will be played in Unitas Stadium. Former football players will return to the gridiron in a game of flag football on Minnegan Field.

The inaugural Tiger Bowl will conclude the Tiger football team’s Spring season. Coach Rob Ambrose and his staff have 42 letter winners and a very talented group of newcomers who will be hoping to impress the coaching staff during the Tiger Bowl. The Tigers return nine starters on offense and nine starters on defense from last year’s team.

The 2011 Tigers were known as the “Turnaround Tigers” as they were the most improved team in NCAA FCS. One year after posting a 1-10 record, the 2011 Tigers went 9-3 and won their first Colonial Athletic Association championship. The Tigers, who were ranked ninth at the end of the season, reached the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Junior tackle Eric Pike is one of the top returnees for an offense that rushed for 229.9 yards per game and ranked among the national leaders with a 34.8 scoring average. A third-year starter at tackle, Pike was named third team All-CAA. Junior quarterback Grant Enders, a two-time selection as CAA Offensive Player of the Week, returns to direct the Tiger offense. Last season, he led the CAA in passing efficiency while throwing for 2,081 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sophomore Terrance West is back to lead the Tigers’ rushing attack. The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football, West ran for 1,294 yards last season and scored an NCAA FCS-leading 29 touchdowns.

A pair of All-America selections, senior safety Jordan Dangerfield and senior defensive end Frank Beltre, return to lead the Tigers’ defense. A first team All-America selection by The College Sports Journal, Dangerfield led the Tigers with 93 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. He was a virtual turnover machine as he intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles. An honorable mention All-American, Beltre was tied for fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He also led the Tigers with 12 tackles for lost yardage.

While Tiger Bowl II is being played in Unitas Stadium, the Tiger baseball team will host Georgia State in the second game of their three-game weekend series at John B. Schuerholz Park at 2 p.m.

After Tiger Bowl II is played, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor their seniors when the Tigers host Drexel University in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Jermain Taylor vs. Caleb Truax (Friday 11pm from Biloxi, MS live on Showtime), Abner Mares vs. Eric Morel (Saturday 9pm from El Paso, TX live on Showtime); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 4:30am Saturday 7am Sunday 7:30am from Monaco live on Tennis Channel/ESPN3.com); Soccer: MLS-Montreal Impact @ DC United (Wednesday 7:30pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS), New York Red Bulls @ DC United (Sunday 6pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN2); Women’s College Lacrosse: ACC Tournament-Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (Friday 2pm from Durham, NC live on ESPN3.com), ACC Championship (Monday 7pm from Durham, NC live on ESPNU)

10. Augustana (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live), Portugal. The Man (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live); Charm City Devils (Saturday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Colin Hay (Thursday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Bacon Brothers (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), WAR (Sunday 5pm & 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Fountains of Wayne/James Iha (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), NEEDTOBREATHE (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Glen Campbell (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Bad Brains (Friday 8pm Howard Theater); Daryl Hall/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Bowling For Soup (Saturday 8pm Stevenson University); Johns Hopkins Spring Fair feat. Passion Pit (Friday-Sunday, Passion Pit show Friday 7pm JHU Rec Center); UMBC Quadmania feat. Gym Class Heroes (Friday-Sunday, Gym Class Heroes show Saturday 7pm RAC Arena); Neon Trees “Picture Show” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know I’ll be at Recher Saturday night supporting the very awesome John Allan and CCD. My only issue with “Man of Constant Sorrow” is that I can’t fathom a human being leaving Kentucky…

I don’t particularly know anything about NEEDTOBREATHE but I DO know I dig this tune…

If Daryl Hall had Fitz & The Tantrums as his touring house band, I’d go to every show…

I probably shouldn’t admit how much I dig Neon Trees…

9. Ron White (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Norm MacDonald (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Wendy Liebman (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Tax Day (Tuesday)

I think I’m gonna go see Norm MacDonald. Because Norm MacDonald is funny. See below.

Also, it’s Tax Day Tuesday. I don’t think I’m getting any money back (do you have to make money for that?), but if I did I know exactly how I’d spend it…

There isn’t anything…in the world…I want more than a LoveSac.

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Towson Announces Inaugural Doc Minnegan Day

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

INAUGURAL DOC MINNEGAN DAY TO BE CELEBRATED ON SEPTEMBER 4

All-Campus Event To Celebrate Memory of “Doc” Minnegan, Teamwork, Sportsmanship
TOWSON, Md. – As a tribute to Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan, the long-time teacher, coach, physical education department chairman and Director of Athletics at Towson University, Tuesday, September 4 has been designated as the first “Doc Minnegan Day,” it has been announced by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell. 

“Over my first 18 months at Towson, I have heard a lot about the contributions of Doc Minnegan to the Towson University community, but also to the Baltimore sports scene and American Sport as a whole,” said Waddell. “There are many ways that we pay tribute to Doc at Towson – Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, the Minnegan Room in the Field House, and even our mascot “DOC” gets his name from our first AD.  

“But looking at it from the eyes of our student-athletes and many of the coaches, there was not a clear understanding of who Doc was or what he had done during his career to make a difference.  I have talked with many of Alumni who played for and knew Doc, and I got the idea to create a day celebrating his memory every year through a series of leadership development events with our teams, coaches and staff.  The event will culminate with a cookout for our student-athletes and then we will invite the campus community to join us to hear a keynote speaker who will embody Doc’s mantra of ‘I Can Do It.’”  

A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan was an influential part of the Towson community for 50 years. “Doc” earned his teaching degree from Illinois State College in 1923 and his Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in 1927. He arrived at Towson in 1927 when the school was known as “Maryland State Normal School.” He began his career as a part-time physical education teacher for the men on campus and soon established a number of teams beginning with soccer in 1929 when he became a full-time faculty member. In addition, he began the baseball, gymnastics, track, wrestling, football and lacrosse teams.
He retired in 1977 after 50 years at Towson.

“The more I learned about ‘Doc,’ it was obvious that he was a team builder from Day 1,” added Waddell. “In searching for a speaker, we wanted to find someone who could give voice to this theme, but also make it relevant in a myriad of ways to what Towson is all about today. One man immediately came to mind – Coach Herman Boone, the inspiration for the movie, ‘Remember The Titans.’

“The movie chronicled his story about the way he brought the T.C. Williams High School football team together and led them to become a family first, then CHAMPIONS,” added Waddell. “That is what Doc Minnegan was all about and it is what we are striving for with our #OneTOWSON theme and the way that Athletics relates back to the campus community.”

Coach Herman Boone faced a very difficult situation in 1971 when racial tensions were running high at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Three schools had merged to form a newly-integrated one. Out of this experience, the story of “Remember The Titans” emerged and an undefeated football team was born. T.C. Williams won the state championship that season. While there have been many more Virginia state championship football teams, that 1971 team, coached by Boone, will always be special.

Through hard work and inspiring his coaching staff and players, Coach Boone led his team to the state championship that season. Today, Boone is retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with his presentations on respect, teamwork and community involvement.

Coach Boone will speak on the night of September 4.  The exact time and location will be announced in the coming months, along with a series of leadership development activities which will be held on campus throughout the day.  

All events are open to the Towson University campus community, free of charge, on a first come first served basis.

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Towson Lacrosse To Honor Students Who Passed Away Recently

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse To Honor Towson Students That Passed Away
Tigers To Wear All Black Uniforms

TOWSON, Md. – The nationally-ranked Tigers men’s lacrosse team is set to wear all black uniforms in remembrance of the two Towson University students that passed away this past weekend when the team takes on UMBC Wednesday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

The Tigers will also recognize the deaths of Ryan Bailey, a member of Sigma Chi, and Timothy Coyer, a member of Kappa Sigma, by conducting a moment of silence prior to the opening face-off at 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Bailey was killed in a hit-and-run and Timothy Coyer, an Army veteran, was found dead in his apartment, both on Saturday, March 31. The men’s lacrosse team aims to honor the memories of these students as the entire Towson campus continues to come together to remember two of its own.

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Remarkable Towson Rally Ends in 2OT Win at Hofstra

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS PULL OFF STUNNING RALLY IN 10-9 2OT WIN

Justin Mabus Scores Game-Winner With 38 Seconds Left In Second Overtime

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Freshman Justin Mabus scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Matt Lamon with 38 seconds left in the second overtime period as Towson University (7-3, 2-0) pulled off a stunning 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association comeback victory over No. 20 Hofstra University (4-5, 1-2) at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tigers’ victory capped off a frantic rally in which they erased a 9-3 deficit in the final 11:27 of the game.

In the second overtime period, the Tigers received a great opportunity to win when senior Mike DeNapoli of Hofstra was called for two penalties, an illegal cross-check and an unsportsmanlike conduct. That gave the Tigers a man-advantage for two minutes. After the Tigers missed their first two shots, Mabus drilled an eight-yard shot from the right side, giving the Tigers a win in a game in which they trailed by six goals.

“This team never gives up,” said Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Even though we were down by six goals, we just kept playing hard. We got some momentum and we kept winning faceoffs. The closer we got, the more excited we became.”

The win enabled the Tigers to extend their winning streak to four games as they moved into sole possession of first place in the CAA. It also ended the Tigers’ four-game losing streak to the Pride and was Towson’s first win at Hofstra since 2004.

Trailing by 9-3 with 11:27 remaining, the Tigers pulled off a dramatic rally scoring the final six goals of regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Tiger offense came to life with 11:27 remaining and scored three goals over the next 3:09, cutting their deficit to 9-6. After Thomas DeNapoli scored off a pass from senior Carl Iacona, the Tigers were presented with their first extra-man opportunity of the night. With 9:35 remaining, senior Michael Brashears scored an extra-man goal off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli to cut the deficit to 9-5. Senior Matt Lamon scored off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli with 8:18 remaining to pull the Tigers to within 9-6.

Over the next few minutes, Hofstra successfully ran time off the clock. With 2:58 left, the Tigers pulled to within 9-7 when senior Sean Maguire scored off a pass from Matt Hughes. Junior Ian Mills won the faceoff to give the Tigers a chance to pull closer.

With 2:03 left in regulation, Lamon picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and fired a shot into the goal, pulling the Tigers to within a goal, making it a 9-8 game.

Mills won another faceoff and the Tigers had a chance to tie the game. With two seconds remaining, Thomas DeNapoli broke free on the left side and scored the game-tying goal.

It was his third goal of the game, setting a career high.

“I knew Thomas would have a big game,” said Nadelen. “He was really focused and very determined.”

Hofstra dominated play for the first 49 minutes and looked to be on its way to a comfortable win.

Junior Adrian Sorchetti gave Hofstra a very quick 1-0 lead when he scored an unassisted goal just 51 seconds into the game. After Mills won the ensuing faceoff, Thomas DeNapoli tied the game on the Tigers’ first shot as he scored with 13:20 left in the first quarter.

With 5:46 remaining in the first quarter, Mike DeNapoli, the cousin of Thomas, scored an unassisted goal to put Hofstra ahead, 2-1.

The Pride dominated play in the first quarter, enjoying a 12-4 advantage on shots. However, junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage did a great job keeping the Tigers in the game as he made five saves in the opening period.

With 8:23 left in the first half, the Tigers ended a 19-minute scoring drought when Lamon scored off a nifty pass through traffic by junior Matt Hughes, tying the game at 2-2.

With 6:27 left in the second quarter, Mike DeNapoli ended Hofstra’s scoring drought as he scored off a pass from Steve Serling to put Hofstra ahead, 3-2. Only nine seconds later, Mike DeNapoli scored again as he took a pass from Sorchetti off the faceoff and gave the Pride a 4-2 advantage.

Hofstra maintained its 4-2 lead until halftime.

In the opening minute of the third quarter, Sorchetti scored an unassisted goal to give Hofstra a 5-2 lead. Less than two minutes later, the Tigers stopped Hofstra’s 3-0 run when Hughes scored off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli with 12:33 remaining in the quarter, pulling the Tigers to within 5-3.

Freshman Tyler Begley extended the Hofstra lead to 6-3 when he scored off a pass from sophomore Lance Yapor with 8:52 left in the third quarter. Serling scored on a long running shot three minutes later, giving Hofstra a 7-3 lead.

When Serling scored a goal with 13 minutes left in the game, Hofstra extended its lead to 8-3. Begley added an extra man goal off a pass from Sorichetti with 12:04 left, upping the advantage to 9-3.

Thomas DeNapoli led the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Lamon added three goals and an assist.

The victory extended the Tigers’ winning streak to four games in a row.

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Gumbs, Jones To Leave Towson Basketball Team

Posted on 26 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Gumbs, Jones To Leave Towson Men’s Basketball Team
Gumbs to Receive Medical Hardship; Jones to Transfer

TOWSON, Md. – Forwards Erique Gumbs and Deon Jones will not return to the Towson men’s basketball team, head coach Pat Skerry announced on Monday. Gumbs will not return to the team due to medical conditions, but the redshirt sophomore will remain enrolled at Towson. Jones has been granted permission to seek a transfer from the University.

“I greatly appreciate the contributions that both Erique and Deon have made to the Towson University men’s basketball program,” Skerry said. “We are excited for Erique to remain at Towson to finish his degree. He’s been a model student for the younger guys in our program. Deon will seek other opportunities and we wish him the best of luck both athletically and academically where ever he decides to continue his college career.”

Gumbs will be unable to compete for the Tigers due to a complication of Marfan’s syndrome, a condition in which the body’s connective tissue is abnormal. It most often affects the connective tissue of the heart and blood vessels, eyes, bones, lungs, and covering of the spinal cord.

Gumbs, a Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic second team selection this past season, played in all 32 games for the Tigers in 2011-12, including 21 starts. The forward averaged 22.4 minutes per game while scoring 5.5 points and grabbing 4.8 rebounds a contest. The redshirt sophomore was Towson’s nominee for the prestigious CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award this past season.

Jones, who started all 32 games during his freshman season, averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing 31.3 minutes per game. The freshman was third on the team with 41 assists and fourth on the squad with 26 steals. Jones had eight double-digit scoring games and three double-digit rebounding games during the 2011-12 season.

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Towson Tops Mount St. Mary’s in Home Opener

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli (Lynbrook H.S./East Rockaway, N.Y.) matched his career high by scoring three goals in a game for the second time this season as Towson University (2-2) used a three-goal run in the final 5:13 to post a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) in the Tigers’ home opener at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that was tied five times and had five lead changes, the Mountaineers scored four straight goals in the second half to take an 8-7 lead with 9:03 remaining. Junior Andrew Scalley(Archbishop Spalding H.S./Arnold, Md.) gave The Mount its lead when he scored an unassisted goal, his second goal of the game. With 7:33 remaining, The Mount had a great chance to extend its lead when the Tiger bench was penalized for a conduct foul. However, the Tigers were able to kill off that penalty, setting up the tying goal.

With 5:13 left in regulation, senior Matt Lamon (St. Mary’s H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored off a pass from freshman Robby Zoppo (Calvert Hall College H.S./Baltimore, Md.) to tie the game at 8-8, the fifth tie of the game. It was Lamon’s second goal of the game. He did not score in the Tigers’ first three contests.

After junior Ian Mills (Chantilly H.S./Centreville, Va.) won the ensuing faceoff, junior Matt Hughes(Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) came from behind the cage and scored an unassisted goal with 4:00 remaining, giving the Tigers a 9-8 advantage. After the Tigers took the lead, Mills won another faceoff and that set up DeNapoli’s third goal, which came on a drive from the right side with 2:56 remaining.

Although the Mountaineers won the next faceoff, they quickly turned it over and the Tigers were able to run out the clock, posting their seventh victory in eight all-time meetings with The Mount.

Led by senior Bryant Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), who scored four goals, the Mountaineers outshot the Tigers, 34-24. However, Tiger goalkeepers Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) and Andrew Wascavage (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Drayden, Md.) combined to make 12 saves. Love had seven saves while playing the first half while Wascavage had five saves in the second half.

The Mountaineers, who upset two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware last week, took an early 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the game when Schmidt scored his first goal of the game.

The Tigers responded by scoring three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second quarter. After senior Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall College H.S./Lutherville, Md.) scored the tying goal on an extra man opportunity, Lamon’s first goal of the season gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with 5:09 left in the opening period. With 12:36 left in the second quarter, DeNapoli put the Tigers up by 3-1 when he scored an extra man goal.

But, the Mountaineers erupted for three goals in a period of 1:19 to take a 4-3 lead with 10:05 remaining in the first half. With 11:24 left in the half, Bryant Schmidt’s extra man goal cut the deficit to 3-2. His twin brother, Brett Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), tied the game at 3-3 with 10:30 left when he scored off a pass from Scalley.

Just 25 seconds later, Scalley’s unassisted goal gave The Mount a 4-3 lead.

With 6:30 remaining in the half, DeNapoli tied the game at 4-4 with an unassisted goal before sophomore Andrew Hodgson (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 2:50 left to give the Tigers a 5-4 advantage.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 2-0 run to take a 7-4 lead with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter. Maguire’s second goal of the game made it 6-4 with 11:20 left in the quarter. An unassisted goal by senior Michael Brashears (Calvert Hall College H.S./Timonium, Md.) with 10:12 left upped the lead to 7-4.

Just when it appeared that the Tigers were about to break the game open, they went through a scoring drought of nearly 20 minutes. By the time Lamon ended the drought with 5:13 left in the game, the Mountaineers had taken a lead.

Trailing by 7-4 in the third quarter, the Mountaineers went on a four-goal run to grab a lead. Bryant Schmidt scored twice in the third quarter and Brett Schmidt had one goal to tie the game at 7-7 after three quarters.

When Scalley scored an unassisted goal with 9:03 left in the game, The Mount owned its final lead.

Bryant Schmidt led The Mount with four goals while Brett Schmidt and Scalley each had a pair of goals. Daniel Stranix had three assists for The Mount.

DeNapoli paced the Tigers with three goals while Lamon added two goals and an assist. Maguire had two goals while Hughes chipped in with a goal and an assist.

The Tigers, who snapped a two-game losing streak, return to action on Tuesday, March 13 when they host Navy at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s College Lacrosse: Towson 10, Mount St. Mary’s 8
Mount St. Mary’s (1-2)  1-3-3-1 / 8
Towson (2-2)  2-3-2-3 / 10

Goals: MSM – Bryant Schmidt 4, Brett Schmidt 2, Andrew Scalley 2; TOW – Thomas DeNapoli 3, Matt Lamon 2, Sean Maguire 2, Matt Hughes 1, Andrew Hodgson 1, Michael Brashears 1.Assists: MSM – Daniel Stranix 3, Anthony Golden 1, Andrew Scalley 1; TOW – Matt Hughes 1, Matt Lamon 1, Brian Prendergast 1, Robby Zoppo 1. Saves: MSM – Chris Klaiber 7 (60:00, 10 goals allowed); TOW – Travis Love 7 (30:00, 4 goals allowed); Andrew Wascavage 5 (30:00, 4 goals allowed). Shots: MSM – 34; TOW – 24. Extra-Man Opportunities: MSM – 1 for 3; TOW – 2 for 3. Attendance: 1,128.

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Towson F Nwankwo Named to CAA All-Defensive Team

Posted on 01 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson Senior Robert Nwankwo Named To CAA All-Defensive Team

Sophomore Erique Gumbs Selected to CAA All-Academic Second Team

RICHMOND, Va. – Towson University men’s basketball senior Robert Nwankwo has been selected to the Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Defensive Team, it was announced Thursday evening at the annual awards banquet in Richmond, Va. on the eve of the opening round of the league tournament.

Tiger forward Erique Gumbs was also recognized as the sophomore was selected for the CAA All-Academic second team.

Nwankwo, who was also selected to the CAA All-Defensive Team as a junior in 2010, ranks third in the CAA and 22nd nationally averaging 2.5 blocks per game. The 6-9 senior registered a season-high six blocked shots at Georgia State on January 14 and he has posted four or more blocks in a game on seven occasions.

For his career, Nwankwo ranks third all-time at Towson and seventh in CAA history with 222 rejections. The forward trails former Tiger Pat McKinley (’77) by just seven blocks for second place.

Nwankwo also ranks fourth in the league and 24th in the country averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. The senior has led the Tigers in rebounding in all but four games this season. His 786 career rebounds ranks fifth all-time at Towson.

Gumbs was honored for his outstanding effort in the classroom this past year. Gumbs, a redshirt sophomore, has maintained a G.P.A over 3.0 in psychology while starting 21 games for the Tigers and competing in all 31 contests.

The Tigers will open play in the CAA Tournament on Friday, taking on the Delaware Blue Hens in the opening around at 2:30 p.m. All first round games will be web streamed live via the CAA website.

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