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Towson finishes in Top 25 in Capital One Cup men’s standings

Posted on 03 July 2014 by WNST Staff

MCLEAN, Va. – The Towson University men’s athletics program tied for 25th place in the Capital One Cup final men’s standings, released by the Capital One Financial Corporation.

The Tiger men tallied 36 points in the final standings on the strength of their NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national title game run. The Tigers tied with Wisconsin for the 25th spot.

This is the fourth year of the Capital One Cup. Schools earn points based on their teams’ top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 19 men’s and 20 women’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 to fund scholarships for student-athletes.

Please visit www.CapitalOneCup.com, Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup and Twitter.com/CapitalOneCup for more information and news on the Capital One Cup.

The 2013-14 men’s Capital One Cup winner, Notre Dame, will be formally honored along with the women’s Capital One Cup winner, Florida, at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 16 in Los Angeles.

Click here for a full list of the official Capital One Cup final standings.

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Four Towson football players receive preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

LEESBURG, Va. – Beyond Sports Network released its Preseason FCS All-America team this week and several Tigers were honored. Fullback Emmanuel Holder and defensive end Ryan Delaire were named to the first team, while cornerback Tye Smith and safety Christian Carpenter were honored with spots on the third team.

The 2014 Preseason All-America Football Team was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All-America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American voting, statistics and game evaluations.

Holder was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (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 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.

Smith was named second team All-CAA during his junior campaign. He ranked 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 and forced two fumbles and recovered one.

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.

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Former Towson standout Cittadino to play for Israel in World Championships

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Former Tiger men’s lacrosse player Casey Cittadino ’06 heads to Denver this week with Team Israel for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship.
Cittadino has close ties with current members of Towson Lacrosse. While he was a Tiger student-athlete, he played defense with Assistant Coach Dan Cocchi and for then-Assistant Coach Shawn Nadelen. In high school, the New York native played with Associate Head Coach Anthony Gilardi at Baldwin High School.
Cittadino was a key member of Towson’s three straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship teams and earned tournament MVP honors in 2005 – an experience he ranks as some of his best memories of his time as a Tiger. Twice his season totals in caused turnovers (2005, 2006) ranked in the top 10 in Towson Lacrosse records. He finished his career ranked third in program history in caused turnovers (65).
After graduation, Cittadino began playing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
“Playing in the MLL really has been pretty amazing,” he said. “I spent seven seasons with the Denver Outlaws, two of which I lived in Denver, and it was amazing. The other five I was commuting back and forth from New York every weekend, which was pretty rough at times.
“But in my seven years there, we were in the playoffs ever year and playing for a MLL title in four of those seasons. We unfortunately never won it, but I was a part of some great teams and around some incredible players.
“I have been on the Charlotte Hounds for the past two seasons. This is my ninth year in the league. The talent is pretty incredible and could easily have four more teams [in the league] without the the product on the field changing. Each team is truly an all-star team and every year the players get better and better.”
Each of his season in MLL have provided favorite memories of their own.
“Some of my favorite experiences have been the Fourth of July games at Invesco Field in Denver where we averaged 30,000 fans for the games. But, I do have to say beating Denver in the semifinals last year felt pretty amazing after they traded me and then had an undefeated season. It would have been a lot sweeter if we could have sealed the deal and won the championship the next day.”
Cittadino took a leave of absence from the MLL to join Team Israel Lacrosse and prepare for the FIL championship that runs from July 10 to 19 in Denver, Colorado.
“They reached out to me almost two years ago already and asked me to be a part of the tryout process. There were multiple tryouts in different locations as well as a ton of official government paperwork.
“I had to become a dual citizen, so this was a pretty serious decision,” he continued. “And the process of making Aliyah (officially returning to Israel) is pretty difficult. I needed to get government IDs, passports, and bank accounts set up.
“But when I landed in Tel Aviv and completed the process, it felt amazing. I spent some time coaching youth teams and will continue to do so even when these games are over. I really want to help develop this program, so Team Israel can become one of the top five teams in the world and competing for a gold medal in years to come.”

Cittadino has won college championships, contributed to successful professional teams and is now ready to make noise on the world stage.

“I am really just looking forward to helping Israel make a statement to the world,” he said. “We will be underdogs for almost every game, and I’m looking to upset some teams.”

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Former Towson F Benimon to play with Heat, Nuggets in Summer League

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.

Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”

Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.

A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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Towson WR Wilkins receives preseason recognition from CFPA

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson football standout Spencer Wilkins earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Wide Receiver Award list, it was announced today by College Football Performance Awards.

Wilkins was Towson’s second-leading wide receiver in 2013, hauling in 40 passes for a team-best 691 yards. He was also tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns and averaged 17.3 yards per catch.

“Congratulations to Spencer on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Wilkins will be one of the top CAA Football players to watch in 2014.”

Wilkins is the second Tiger to be recognized by the CFPA this offseason. Sophomore Darius Victor was named to the running back award watch list earlier this month. Former Tiger standout Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA Running Back Award.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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Towson RB Victor receives preseason recognition from CFPA

Posted on 17 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Darius Victor of the Towson football team earned a spot on the 2014 CFPA Running Back Award list, it was announced today by College Football Performance Awards.

“Congratulations to Darius on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Victor produced a number of strong performances in 2013.”

Victor rushed for 643 yards on just 98 carries as a freshman in 2013 for a 6.4 yards per carry average. He finished his rookie campaign with eight total touchdowns, including seven on the ground.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

Former Towson great Terrance West was a two-time winner of the CFPA Running Back Award.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

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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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Former Towson RB West participating in NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Former Towson football running back Terrance West will be among the group of 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class who will come together in Los Angeles from May 29-31 to learn the business of football at the 20th annual National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Rookie Premiere.

Throughout the event, players will gain information to assist in the development of their professional careers. The union’s annual orientation includes seminars focused on financial planning, brand building, group player rights, and social media best practices.

Among the featured guest speakers are former and active NFL players Marshall FaulkWillie McGinestTorry HoltBrandon WilliamsDaunte CulpepperKevin BentleyJamaal CharlesIsrael Idonije and Austin Pettis. Additional speakers include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI) President Keith Gordon.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to engage with tomorrow’s most influential athletes today,” said Gordon. “For the first time as professionals, players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers.”

The three-day event, hosted by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA, will also feature one of the most thrilling moments for any rookie – wearing their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps at LA Memorial Coliseum.

Other notable rookies joining West at the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere include quarterback Blake Bortles (Central Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Minnesota Vikings), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina, Houston Texans), wide receiver Marqise Lee (Southern Cal, Jacksonville Jaguars), linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo, Oakland Raiders), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, Cleveland Browns) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson, Buffalo Bills).

Launched in Los Angeles in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is unique across professional sports as the event provides business partners with unmatched access to many of the NFL’s most promising and marketable young stars. Each year, NFLPI facilitates approximately 100 individual player service deals for NFLPA Rookie Premiere participants.

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Towson adds Wake Forest transfer Adala Moto

Posted on 21 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ADDS WAKE FOREST TRANSFER ARNAUD WILLIAM ADALA MOTO
The 6-6, 225-pound forward averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Demon Deacons last season

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced the addition of Arnaud William Adala Moto (ar-NO William ah-DAH-luh MO-toe), a transfer student-athlete from Wake Forest. Adala Moto will sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2015-16.

A physically-gifted 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward, Adala Moto averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while playing 19.7 minutes per game during his sophomore campaign in 2013-14. He played in all 33 games, starting 11 and ranked second on the team in rebounding and sixth in scoring. He shot 46.5 percent from the floor in 2013-14.

A four-star recruit according to ESPN and a top 150 recruit in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals, Adala Moto averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing 16.3 minutes per game as a freshman. He saw action in all 31 games during his rookie campaign with 19 starts.

“We’re ecstatic to welcome Arnaud William Adala Moto to our program” said Skerry. “He’s a versatile forward that has played against extremely high levels of competition while being part of the Cameroon National Team and playing against ACC competition for two years. He can score from the inside and outside and will be an immediate impact player starting in 2015-16. I expect him to work extremely hard during his sit out year and be a big part of our program going forward.”

Originally from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Adala Moto went to Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia before committing to Wake Forest. His brother, Parfait Bitee, was a shooting guard at the University of Rhode Island from 2004-08 and plays professionally overseas.

While playing a prominent role with the Demon Deacons, Adala Moto scored a career-high 16 points as a freshman in a 90-79 home victory over Virginia Tech. He tallied a season-high 15 points while contributing a career-high 11 rebounds this past season in a 70-69 win over N.C. State on January 15.

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Terrance West receives one final honor from Towson

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Terrance West of the football team and Kaitlin Burke of the women’s swimming and diving squad were named the Towson University Athletes of the Year on Monday night at the Golden PAWS event in SECU Arena. The event was held to honor and remember the successes achieved by the Tiger teams during the 2013-14 season.

“The Golden PAWS banquet is a night for our student-athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and the accomplishments of their peers during the 2013-14 season,” said Towson deputy director of athletics Tricia Turley Brandenburg. “From our football team’s trip to the FCS National Championship game to our women’s lacrosse team reaching its third-straight NCAA tournament, it’s been another successful year for Tiger athletics.

“We’re grateful for all our sport programs to be able to share their success and to celebrate our student-athletes.”

A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, West led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With 2,509 rushing yards, West shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007.

Burke earned CAA Swimmer of the Year honors for the second straight season in 2013-14. She is one of two Tigers to win that award twice. Burke was undefeated in the dual meet season and won three individual events and a relay at the CAA meet. She earned honorable mention All-America honors after placing 11th at the NCAA Championship in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:04. The senior captured the 1650-free (16:11.55) and the 500-free (4:41.07) for the third year in a row and took first place in the 200 free (1:46.46) for the third time in her career. She was also a member of the Tigers’ first-place 800 freestyle relay team.

Burke also took home the Female Senior Achievement award, while the Male Senior Achievement award went toEric Pike of the football team.

Burke is a two-time honorable mention All-America honoree. She was named the CAA Swimmer of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Burke was named the CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Year in 2011. She won nine individual events in the CAA Championship meet during her career. Burke was named the CAA Swimmer of the Week multiple times in her career including four weeks as a senior.

A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-America selection as a senior. He earned All-CAA honors three times, including first team notice as a junior and senior. During his career, he helped the Tigers win two CAA championships and make two appearances in the NCAA FCS playoffs. As a senior, he helped the Tigers post a 13-3 record and reach the national championship game. Pike was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. He set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career and is only the third offensive lineman to win the award which was started in 1969.

The Male and Female Rookie of the Year awards went to Darius Victor of the football team and Gabby Cha of the women’s lacrosse squad.

Victor earned first team freshman All-America notice from the College Sports Journal. Named as the winner of the CAA Offensive Freshman of the Year award, Victor was the team’s second-leading rusher. He ran for 629 yards on 98 carries and led the CAA by averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. In the Tigers’ post-season run to the NCAA FCS championship game, Victor rushed for 219 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 52 yards and scored a touchdown.

Cha burst on to the scene for women’s lacrosse and played a key role through their CAA Championship run and first round NCAA Tournament game. Named the CAA Rookie of the Year, she finished third on the team with 36 points on 22 goals and 14 assists. She is the fourth Tiger and first since 2006 to earn CAA Rookie of the Year honors. Cha was a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week honoree. During CAA play, Cha tied for second in the league in assists per game (1.60). She recorded a point in 16 of the team’s 19 games this season and has three hat tricks on the year.

Honored for their work in the classroom as well as athletically, Joe Gunerman of the men’s golf team andMelanie Rowland from women’s swimming and diving were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year. The scholar athlete award was voted on by the Towson athletic advisors. In addition the Wayne Edwards Academic Team Awards went to men’s golf with a 3.286 cummulative GPA and the gymnastics squad who had a 3.61 GPA.

The strength and conditioning staff selected football’s Doug Shaw and gymnastics’ Alexa Davis as their strength and conditioning award winners. The athletic trainers named Joe McCargo of the football team and Andi Raymond from women’s lacrosse as the Comeback Players of the Year.

For the first time this year a Tiger Spirit Award was given to the student-athlete that exhibits well roundedness by excelling in areas including athletics, academics, community outreach, campus involvement and general positivity and support for the Towson Athletics Community. The players were nominated by the SAAC and voted on by all student-athletes. This year’s Tiger Spirit Award winners were Billy Pappas and Kendall Towe of the swimming and diving teams.

In addition each team had a leadership award winner selected and they are listed below.

Sport Recipient
Baseball Brandon Gonnella
Men’s Basketball Mike Burwell
Women’s Basketball LaTorri Hines-Allen
Cross Country Ashley Simmons
Field Hockey Kelsey Fielder
Football Arnold Farmer
Men’s Golf Matt Fry
Women’s Golf Larissa Spiess
Gymnastics Vicki Vesecky
Men’s Lacrosse John Fennessy
Women’s Lacrosse Kelly Murkey
Women’s Soccer Vasthy Delgado
Softball Maureen Hepner
Men’s Swimming & Diving Billy Pappas
Women’s Swimming & Diving Melanie Rowland
Tennis Nisha Shah
Indoor Track & Field Leslie Miles
Outdoor Track & Field Evan Campbell
Volleyball Paige Sekerak
Cheerleading Alexys Green-Lynch

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