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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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Towson picks up Dayton transfer Gavrilovic

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ADDS DAYTON TRANSFER ALEX GAVRILOVIC
The 6-9 forward will be eligible to play immediately

TOWSON, Md. – Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced the addition of Alex Gavrilovic (Gahv-RIL-ah-vich), a transfer student-athlete who played on the University of Dayton’s Elite 8 team during the 2013-14 season. Gavrilovic, a 6-foot-9 forward, is set to graduate from Dayton and will be eligible for the Tigers during the 2014-15 season.

“We are very excited to add Alex to our program,” said Skerry. “He brings high level playing experience with him as he competed for an Elite Eight team while at Dayton and was part of the French National team. Alex has learned from great coaches in Archie Miller (Dayton), Dan Barto (IMG Academy) and Aime Toupane with the French National team. He’s a skilled and versatile front-court player, who will make an immediate impact on the court and provide veteran leadership in our locker room. Alex is a dedicated student-athlete who will fit in great with our program.”

In three seasons at Dayton, Gavrilovic played in 67 games and averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds. He saw action in 15 games last season when the Flyers reached the regional final of the NCAA tournament.

Gavrilovic, a native of Strasbourg, France, won a gold medal in 2010 with the French U-20 National Basketball Team at the European championships in Zadar, Croatia. He also attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he played against some of the best prep school and junior college competition in the country.

Gavrilovic joins a Towson program that is coming off consecutive winning seasons, including a 25-11 campaign in 2013-14. The graduate student will bolster a front line for Towson that loses two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon to graduation but returns the remainder of its front-court contributors.

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Former Towson OT Pike, Morgan OL Barton sign UDFA deals

Posted on 12 May 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Football alumnus and former All-American offensive tackle Eric Pike signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts today after the conclusion of the 2014 National Football League (NFL) draft.

A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-American selection as a senior. He earned All-Colonial Athletic Association 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. He joins Mike Gunthrop (1992) and Joe Ripple (2005) as the only linemen to be honored with the award which was named in honor of former Towson Director of Athletics Doc Minnegan.

NOTE: Former Morgan State OL Karim Barton has reportedly signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles as well

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Former Towson RB West picked by Browns in round three

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Former Towson RB West picked by Browns in round three

Posted on 10 May 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former Towson running back Terrance West was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2014 National Football League Draft on Friday night.

West was the sixth running back taken in this year’s draft and the 94th overall selection.

West becomes the fifth Towson football player to be drafted and the highest ever selection. Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round at pick No. 125 overall in 2007. Running backs David Meggett (1989) and Tony Vinson (1995) were each chosen in the fifth round and kicker Randy Bielski was chosen in the 12th round in 1980.

West was Cleveland’s fourth pick in the first three rounds. The Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert with the eighth overall pick and then traded back into the first round to grab Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio with the third pick in the second round (No. 35 overall) and also picked outside linebacker Chris Kirksey from Iowa earlier in the third round.

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 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 a record of 13-3, the Tigers were national runners-up.

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.

In his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His 84 career rushing touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern from 1998 to 2001.

West, who also caught two touchdown passes in his career, ended his career with 86 total touchdowns scored. He ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list of touchdown scorers. Brian Westbrook of Villanova holds the record with 89 touchdowns while Peterson is second with 87 touchdowns.

The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS in 2011, West earned All-CAA first team honors three times. During his career, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week seven times.

In 2013, he scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games for the Tigers. He also ran for more than 100 yards 12 times and had four 200-plus-yard games. In the Tigers’ NCAA FCS quarterfinal victory over No. 2 Eastern Illinois, he set an NCAA FCS playoff record by rushing for 354 yards. He also scored five touchdowns against Eastern Illinois.

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Towson K Evangelista to participate in NCAA forum

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

DREW EVANGELISTA SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN NCAA FORUM

Tiger Kicker To Attend Four-Day Forum In June

 

TOWSON, Md. – Kicker Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove H.S./Cedar Grove, N.J.) of the Towson University football team is one of 200 student-athletes who have been selected to participate in the NCAA’s Career In Sports Forum (CSF).

The CSF will be held in Indianapolis at the NCAA national office headquarters in early June. It brings together 200 chosen student-athletes for four days to learn about and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The CSF is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, to give them the opportunity to network and to learn from current athletics professionals.

By attending the Career in Sports Forum, participants will consider how personal values intersect with career opportunities. The participants will also better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness and develop actionable plans for personal growth and development. They will also gain an accurate view of the role of the intercollegiate coach or athletics administrator.

A two-time member of the Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team, Evangelista competed as a graduate student during the 2013 season.

In 2013, he played a key role in Towson University’s rise to the NCAA FCS championship game. He helped the Tigers post a 13-3 record by scoring 84 points. He set a school record with 69 conversion kicks and also kicked five field goals. Included among his five field goals was a 50-yarder at Albany.

He also punted 17 times for a 37.0 average and had two punts longer than 50 yards.

The Tigers, who finished the season as the second-ranked team in NCAA FCS, were honored as the winners of the Lambert/Meadowlands Award as the top FCS in the East.

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Maryland gets top seed; Hopkins, Loyola, Towson women also prepare for Tournament

Posted on 05 May 2014 by WNST Staff

INDIANAPOLIS - Maryland captured the top overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, announced late Sunday night.

The Terps (19-1) won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title for a sixth-straight season when they trumped No. 2 Syracuse 13-7 in the championship game.

Maryland will battle the winner of the Canisius/Penn first round game. That contest will be held Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex with the second round game Sunday at noon. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Following second-round action, four quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, May 17 or Sunday, May 18 on the campuses of competing institutions. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Towson May 23 and 25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The semifinal games will be shown live on ESPN3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23. The championship game will air live on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25.

The Terps lead the nation with 30 NCAA appearances and are also tops in wins (54), championship game appearances (17) and NCAA titles (10). Maryland is making its 25th consecutive appearance in the championship (1990-2014). Other teams with consecutive appearance streaks of seven or more years include Virginia (19, 1996-2014), Duke (17, 1998-2014), Northwestern (11, 2004-2014), North Carolina (10, 2005-2014) and Penn (8, 2007-2014).

Automatic Qualifiers
America East – Stony Brook
ALC – Florida
ACC- Maryland
Atlantic Sun – Jacksonville
A-10 – UMass
Big East – Louisville
Big South – High Point
CAA – Towson
Ivy League – Penn
MAAC – Canisius
MPSF – Denver
NEC – Bryant
Patriot League – Loyola (MD)

At-Large Bids
Boston College
Duke
Georgetown
Johns Hopkins
North Carolina
Northwestern
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Penn State
Princeton
Stanford
Syracuse
Virginia

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