TOWSON, Md. – Offensive tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Landover, Md.) was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player at the annual Towson University football awards ceremony on Saturday, April 26.
Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff
Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff
TIGER BOWL IV SET FOR APRIL 26 IN UNITAS STADIUM
Tiger Bowl To Conclude Tigers’ Spring Season
TOWSON, Md. – Coming off a historic 2013 season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team will conclude their spring season when the Tigers host Tiger Bowl IV on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.
Although there is no admission charge to Tiger Bowl IV, all fans attending the game are asked to donate food items to Maryland Food Bank on their way into the stadium. The Maryland Food Bank will have barrels placed outside the stadium to collect donations.
Schedule cards and posters will also be available to everyone attending Tiger Bowl IV.
Current season ticket holders are encouraged to renew their season tickets at Tiger Bowl IV. New season tickets can also be purchased at the event. The Towson Athletics ticket office will be open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
Veteran Tiger football fans may need a game program to identify the Tiger players who are participating in Tiger Bowl IV. The Tigers graduated 19 seniors from the 2013 squad that reached the NCAA FCS championship game. In addition, All-American Terrance West decided to forgo his senior season and made himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
The Tigers lost two consensus first team All-Americans (Eric Pike and West) and four other players who earned All-American notice (Randall Harris, Jordan Love, Monte Gaddis and Telvion Clark). A total of eight of those players were named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association teams.
However, the Tigers still have cause for optimism. Fullback Emmanuel Holder, a first team All-CAA selection last season, and wide receiver Spencer Wilkins, a third team All-CAA pick in 2013, provide the offense with two talented players with experience.
The defense has six starters returning from last year’s squad. Defensive ends Ryan Dellaire and Drew Cheripkojoin Jon Desir as veterans returning on the defensive line. Dellaire earned first team All-CAA honors last season and ranked among the national leaders with 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for lost yardage. In the secondary, cornerback Tye Smith returns along with safeties Donnell Lewis and Christian Carpenter.
Smith earned All-America notice after making 103 tackles with two interceptions and 12 pass breakups. A first team All-CAA selection as a sophomore, Carpenter made 98 tackles and intercepted four passes last season. Honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice, Lewis made 93 tackles, intercepted four passes and had 13 pass breakups.
The Tiger defense is bolstered by the return of linebacker Bryton Barr, who missed last season with an injury. Two years ago, Barr made 77 tackles as a first-year freshman at outside linebacker.
In addition to all the newcomers on the roster, the Tigers’ spring season has been hampered by the absence of a significant number of players who have been recovering from off-season surgeries.
“Last year was a great one but it was also a long season,” says Ambrose. “We basically played an NFL schedule (16 games). We opened our season five days before the Baltimore Ravens did and we were still playing when their season ended. That is a lot of football. Players get hurt and they need time to recover. We have great doctors and a great rehab team. But it still takes time.
“We are very, very young,” adds Ambrose, who has led Towson to a 32-29 record in five years as the Tigers’ head coach. “However, we are also very talented. All these guys need is some experience.”
Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff
TOWSON, Md. – After a lengthy lightning delay, No. 10 Penn (8-3) handed Towson men’s lacrosse (8-6) a 15-9 loss on Tuesday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
The game was delayed twice for lightning; the second delay lasted for nearly two hours. Freshman Joe Seider led the Tigers with a hat trick. Junior Justin Mabus added four points on two goals and two assists. Nick Doktor posted three goals for Penn, while Isaac Bock and Chris Hilburn each tallied two.
“I thought the first half was hot and cold,” noted Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Being down two goals, I thought we were in good position but we came out kind of flat. They did a great job ramping up their offense, which they’re known to do … We got caught on our heels. It’s hard to swallow. There’s no reason for us to do that. ”
For the second straight game, Mabus opened the scoring at 14:03 in the first. He closed the quarter with his second of the evening, off an assist from senior Thomas DeNapoli exactly 13 minutes later to put the Tigers up 3-2.
However, Bock’s and Doktor’s four total goals – they book-ended the second quarter, each with a pair of back-to-back goals – gave the Quakers a 6-4 lead at the half, just before the first lightning delay. Doktors’ two goals at the end of the second quarter kicked off a six-goal Quaker run that extended Penn’s lead to 10-4 at 10:58 in the third.
DeNapoli and Mabus teamed up again for DeNapoli’s first goal in three games at 10:03 before Mike Powersscored for Penn, and the game entered its second lightning delay with 7:18 remaining in the third frame. Both teams had one hour and 53 minutes to wait before resuming play.
The Quakers were quicker off the restart, scoring three of the next five goals to hold a comfortable 14-7 advantage with 9:22 left in the game.
Towson continues to wait for its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament seed. The Tigers’ fate depends on the outcome of this weekend’s CAA contests.
COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Penn 15, Towson 9
Penn (7-3) 2-4-6-3/15
Towson (8-5) 3-1-3-2/9
GOALS: PENN – Doktor 3, Bock 2, Hilburn 2, Brown, Belinsky, Losco, McCallion, Staller, Power, D. Feeney, Tudor; TOW – Seider 3, Mabus 2, DeNapoli, Siskind, Drenner, Athens. ASSISTS: PENN – Brown 3, Belinsky 2, Bock; TOW – DeNapoli 2, Mabus 2, Cuccinello. SAVES: PENN – Feeney (13, 59:02, 9 GA), Lopes (1, 00:58, 0 GA); TOW – White (7, 56:49, 15 GA), Hoy (0, 3:11, 0 GA). SHOTS: PENN – 46; TOW – 33. GBs: PENN – 33; TOW – 22. FACE-OFFs: PENN 17-28; TOW – 11-28. EMO: PENN – 0-3; TOW – 1-4. ATT: 446.
Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff
The Tigers close the regular season Tuesday evening with the Quakers. Penn finished its Ivy season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth. The Quakers have one more game left – against Saint John’s on Friday, April 25.
Updating the Tigers
Towson has now lost two straight after a 13-7 defeat to No. 18 Drexel on April 19 at home. Junior Justin Mabus recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Tigers. Prior to the contest Towson honored its six seniors, and at halftime, the Tigers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1974 college division national title with a midfield ceremony.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn comes into Tuesday’s contest on a four-game win streak. The Quakers finished their Ivy League season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth that capped a 4-2 overall league record. Penn had a tough schedule in 2014, facing four nationally ranked teams and coming out of those contests with an even 2-2 record. Five players have 10 or more goals, and eight have 10 or more points this season. Their goalkeeper, Brian Feeney, is ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in goals-against average, save percentage and saves per game.
Towson-Penn Series History
The Tigers and the Quakers have met just twice and split those games. Towson defeated Penn on April 26, 2008, 18-12, at home. Exactly a year later, the Quakers earned a 10-6 victory in Philadelphia.
Last Time Out vs. Penn: April 26, 2009 (Penn 10, Towson 6)
Led by three goals from Justin Schneider, Towson University built a 6-4 lead over the University of Pennsylvania in the first three quarters before the Quakers used a six-goal run over the last 15 minutes to earn their second win in three games, 10-6, over the Tigers at Franklin Field. Craig Andrzejewski and Morgan Griff each tallied a hat trick to lead the Quakers. Rob Wheeler made nine saves in net for Towson.
Three Things to Watch
1. Coming in hot. The Penn defense has limited its last four opponents to 23 total goals. The Quakers are 18th in the NCAA in scoring defense, and close defender Mat McMahon is 17th in the nation in caused turnovers. The Tigers have struggled on offense recently, scoring just 20 goals in their last four games.
2. Offense-Defense. Towson’s defense is none too shabby itself, ranking 25th in scoring defense (9.23) and 13th in man-down defense (7.11). Penn is one of the lower-octane offenses Towson has faced recently, with leading scorer Zack Losco scoring just 24 points.
3. First to last. Coming into the end of the season, Towson is being outscored in the first and last quarters of games. Penn is being outscored in the first and second, while the Quakers have seized control of the fourth quarter (30-18). Both Penn and Towson are even with their opponents in goals scored in the third quarter. This game could come down to who gets off to the hotter start.
The Tigers’ opponent for the CAA Tournament semifinals will be determined this weekend with the conclusion of CAA regular season play.
Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)
10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)
This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.
These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?
9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)
From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.
I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.
Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?
I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.
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Posted on 20 April 2014 by WNST Staff
TOWSON, Md. – Junior Justin Mabus netted his first career hat trick, but Towson (8-5, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) fell, 13-7, to No. 18 Drexel (9-4, 4-1 CAA) Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.
With the win, Drexel clinches the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament. Towson’s seeding is still undetermined due to a potential three-way tie for third place between the Tigers, Penn State and UMass. The Minutemen play at Delaware on April 25, and the Nittany Lions host No. 1-seeded Hofstra on April 26. Despite being ineligible for the postseason, PSU does still factor into the standings.
Cole Shafer’s five goals led all scorers. Teammate Nick Trizano added a hat trick for Drexel. Junior Greg Cuccinello, junior Ben McCarty, senior Devin Grimaldi and freshman Ryan Drenner each scored a goal for Towson.
“Congratulations to Drexel,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a solid game. I thought our guys played with good energy, but we were a little sloppy off the ground and we didn’t capitalize on our offensive opportunities.”
Mabus scored for the Tigers at 11:52 in the first quarter, but Drexel ran out to a 3-1 lead at 8:10 after a pair of Shafer goals. Towson kept pace, but the Dragons took a 5-4 lead into the half. Drexel used a five-goal third quarter to distance itself from Towson and claim victory.
The Dragons continued to have the hot hand in the third quarter, taking a 9-4 lead at 5:46 on a goal from Ben McIntosh. McCarty scored unassisted at 5:02 for Towson’s only goal of the frame. But the Dragons scored the next three to remain ahead for the rest of the way.
Drexel’s goalkeeper, Will Gabrielson, made 11 saves, while Towson’s Tyler White stopped eight shots.
Towson will close out the regular season with Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff
TOWSON, Md. - Towson hosts No. 18 Drexel on Saturday, April 19 in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Both teams have clinched berths in the CAA tournament, which begins on April 30.
Towson will honor its six seniors tonight in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Tigers are coming off an 8-1 loss to Penn State at home on April 12. Drexel comes into tonight’s contest riding a four-game win streak after a 13-9 win over UMass last weekend.
Updating the Tigers
Freshman Mike Lynch scored with 54.7 seconds left to keep the Tigers from being shut out by Penn State, 8-1, last weekend. Towson struggled with turnovers throughout the contest.
Scouting the Dragons
Drexel comes into the game ranked 18th in the nation after posting a 13-9 win over UMass. Seven different Dragons scored in the victory. Nick Trizano led the way with a hat trick. Drexel has now won four straight, and a Dragon victory tonight would clinch the number two seed and the right to host a CAA tournament semifinal game.
Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson has dominated this series over its history, holding a 38-7 advantage all-time. However, Drexel has held its own in the last five games, winning three including the first meeting between the teams in 2013. In the second meeing – during the CAA semifinals – Towson exacted revenge by defeating the Dragons, 11-8, en route to winning the 2013 CAA title.
Last Time Out vs. Drexel: May 1, 2013 (Towson 11, Drexel
Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse over Drexel, 11-8, and into the CAA Tournament final. McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while Justin Mabus had three assists. Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a). The Tigers advanced to the CAA finals for the seventh time overall and first since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game. McCarty scored three goals in each half. Towson led 9-3 at the start of the third quarter before stalling offensively and allowing five goals. The Tigers righted the ship in the fourth, holding the Dragons scoreless for the win.
Three Things to Watch
1. The Avengers. This is the first meeting between the teams since Towson defeated Drexel in the CAA semifinals. The Tigers performed poorly against Penn State last weekend, the team Towson beat for the 2013 CAA title. Will there be a hangover?
2. Six was the magic number. A Tiger scored six goals in each of the meetings between the teams last season - Thomas DeNapoli did so in the 14-11 loss on April 20 before Ben McCarty did so in the CAA semifinal win. Will either player or any Tiger be able to lead the offensive production like that this year?
3. Offense, defense, special teams. The Dragons have scored 49 goals in their last four games (12.25 gpg) and are averaging 11.75 gpg for the season. Towson has scored 22 in the same span and is averaging just 8.42 gpg. On the other hand, Drexel allows opponents 10.42 gpg to the Tigers’ 8.92 gpg allowed. Towson is also fourth in the nation this week in man-down defense, killing 75.6 percent of their penalties. Drexel leads the CAA with 1.58 EMO goals per game and is second in the league in man-up scoring percentage (.388).
The Tigers will honor their six seniors Saturday evening. Seniors Peter Athens, Thomas DeNapoli, John Fennessy, Devin Grimaldi, Johnny Gallagher and Max Siskind will be recognized, along with their parents in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Ferrante scholarship will also be awarded to a member of the junior class.
Towson finishes its regular season with nationally ranked Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.
Posted on 17 April 2014 by WNST Staff
GARY NEAL, BOBCATS SET FOR NBA PLAYOFFS
Former Towson guard to make fourth straight playoff appearance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former Towson men’s basketball standout Gary Neal will be participating in the NBA playoffs for the fourth straight season in 2014.
After competing in the playoffs for the last three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, this year Neal will get a taste of the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The seventh-seeded Bobcats will face the two-time defending NBA Champion and second-seeded Miami Heat in the first round. The opening game of the series is set for Sunday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.
Neal is averaging 10.5 points per game this season while spending time with both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Bobcats. The fourth-year pro scored in double figures in six of the final eight games of the regular season.
Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff
MIKE BURWELL TO PARTICIPATE IN PORTSMOUTH COMBINE
Guard averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds during his senior season at Towson
NORFOLK, Va. – Towson senior Mike Burwell has been invited to the Portsmouth Combine Top 80 Free Agent exposure camp, which runs from April 17-19 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
The combine allows college seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and current professionals the opportunity to exhibit their athletic ability and basketball prowess in an environment that incorporates combine testing, skill development, and competitive games.
NBA, NBDL and international scouts have committed to attend the combine. The field of 80 participants will have their combine measurements taken and posted for all in attendance.
Burwell averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Tigers during the 2013-14 season. The guard ranked 10th in the CAA by averaging 2.4 assists per game. In two years at Towson, Burwell totaled 671 points while starting all 67 games played in a Tiger uniform.
Eurobasket.com is covering the event and will highlight the top attendees at the camp in daily article updates.
Posted on 16 April 2014 by WNST Staff
TOWSON BASKETBALL ADDS COMBO GUARD JOSH IVORY
Transfer will have two years of eligibility remaining starting next season
TOWSON, Md. – Combo guard Josh Ivory, who played for Baton Rouge Community College last season, has transferred to Towson University and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, it has been announced by head coach Pat Skerry.
A native of Alexandria, La., and a graduate of Peabody Magnet High School, Ivory has two years of eligibility remaining.
“Josh is a talented and tough perimeter player that will be a great addition to our backcourt,” said Skerry. “He brings defensive intensity and the ability to make shots or find open teammates on the offensive end. Josh is an experienced player and a high character person that we are thrilled to add to our program.”
Ivory is a 6-2, 195-pound guard who averaged 15 points, 5 assists and 3 steals as a senior at Peabody Magnet. He was a three-year starter for the Warhorses, who posted a 103-5 record and won two state titles during his final three seasons. During his sophomore season, Peabody Magnet finished the year ranked No. 23 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25 poll.
After high school, Ivory signed with Cleveland State where he played in 30 games, averaging 8.9 minutes per game as a freshman. The guard averaged 1.3 points per game and was tied for fifth on the squad with 12 three-pointers made.
During the 2013-14 season, Ivory played at Baton Rouge Community College where he averaged 10.6 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.1 minutes of action per game.
“I felt a bond right away when I met with the coaches and players at Towson and that’s what you want,” said Ivory. “Towson has a ton of support for its basketball program and the campus seems great. I’m excited to get up there and am ready to contribute.”