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Towson drops to 7th in FCS media poll

Posted on 14 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED SEVENTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Drop Four Spots After Loss To Villanova

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team fell from third to seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation the last three weeks, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night when Colonial Athletic Association rival Villanova (4-2, 3-0) outlasted the Tigers, 45-35. The Wildcats, who are ranked 12th in the nation this week, built a 38-14 halftime lead before holding on to snap the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.

Towson has been ranked among the top teams in NCAA FCS all season long. They started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut. Towson was ranked fourth for two weeks and was third for three weeks prior to the loss to Villanova.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson is ranked seventh in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (6-0), Eastern Illinois (5-1), Eastern Washington (4-2), Montana State (4-2) and Coastal Carolina (6-0).

When Villanova beat the Tigers, the Wildcats ended the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. Ironically, the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak started with a 49-35 win at Villanova last October.

North Dakota State owns a 14-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Villanova (4-2) is 12th while Maine (5-1) is 14th. James Madison (5-2) is ranked 20th while New Hampshire (2-3) is ranked 25th for the second straight week.

The Tigers will be trying to get back on the winning track this week when they travel to Albany for a 3:30 p.m.contest.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (161)                                  6-0                4,025                  1

2.      Sam Houston State                                         5-1                 3,807                   2

3.      Eastern Illinois                                               5-1                 3,612                    5

4.      Eastern Washington                                        4-2                3,449                   6

5.      Montana State                                                4-2                3,067                   8

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             6-0                3,005                  8

7.      Towson University                                          6-1                 2,851                   3

8.      Fordham                                                        7-0                2,705                  10

9.      McNeese State                                               5-1                 2,665                   9

10.     Montana                                                         5-1                 2,506                  11

11.      Northern Iowa                                                4-2                2,445                  4

12.     Villanova                                                       4-2                2,381                   15

13.     Wofford                                                          4-2                1,843                   12

14.     Maine                                                            5-1                 1,768                    14

15.     South Dakota State                                         4-3                1,647                    13

16.     Youngstown State                                           6-1                 1,516                          18

17.     Bethune-Cookman                                          5-1                 1,489                   16

18.     Lehigh                                                           5-1                 1,370                    17

19.     Northern Arizona                                            4-2                1,131                     19

20.    James Madison                                               5-2                830                    21

21.     Central Arkansas                                            3-3                710                     20

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                643                     NR

23.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                567                     22

24.    Tennessee State                                             6-1                 558                    NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              2-3                320                    25 

Others receiving votes:  Southern Illinois, Charleston Southern, Delaware, William & Mary, Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina State, Harvard, Cal Poly, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Utah, Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Stony Brook, Illinois State, Richmond, Alcorn State.

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

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The 15-7-0 loves unicorns and show ponies but hates Tom Brady comebacks

Posted on 14 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

True story. Tom Hanks only took the starring role in “Captain Phillips” because he was turned down for a similar role in a movie musical version of the 15-7-0. We parted amicably after negotiations, so truthfully I have not cared for some of the things he’s chosen to say in the media during the blitz for the film. I’ll take the high road…as always.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Tom Brady’s final drive was so good Sunday it might actually HAVE involved unicorns and show ponies.

Yes, Tom Brady threw an amazing game winning touchdown…but…ummm…

Let’s check in with Rob Ryan for his thoughts.

Remember that time Brady played John Harbaugh to Julian Edelman’s James Ihedigbo?

Just a guess, but I’d imagine this didn’t happen after THIS play…

2. So long, Virginia. Will be awfully nice to not have to pretend to have any idea what a Wahoo is in the future.

We won’t miss you.

Boston College toyed with Clemson for awhile elsewhere in the SEC, I assume for this reason.

Further elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse should probably get their medical experts on this.

3. I don’t know if I feel “good” for Penn State, but watching that game Saturday night made me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

I made a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend to see the Coyotes ground the Flyers and was treated surprisingly well. I imagine Michigan fans probably got the same in their visit to the Keystone State?

In the loss, credit Dennis Norfleet for…survival?

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Tevin Coleman is why Indiana can’t have nice things.

4. The Cincinnati Bengals are in first place by themselves. Reports say Satan got the better end of the deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, Gio Bernard.

5. Joseph Fauria > Christian Fauria > overpaying for EA Sports’ most recent underwhelming effort.

But we’re probably getting dangerously close to Fauria jumping the shark…

Remember when Brandon Weeden suddenly remembered he was Brandon Weeden?

I know the Browns lost the game, but is there really any loser when you attend a game and get to witness this?

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Towson aims to stay perfect Saturday against Villanova

Posted on 11 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Seeking their 11th consecutive victory, Coach Rob Ambrose and the undefeated Towson University football team (6-0, 2-0) will face one of its toughest challenges of the season when the Tigers host No. 15 Villanova University (3-2, 2-0) in an important Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Ranked third in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers will be celebrating Homecoming when they host the Wildcats.

The pre-season favorite to win the CAA championship, Villanova brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s night game. Last season, Towson and Villanova shared the CAA championship with New Hampshire and Richmond.

Saturday night’s game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network with Mike Corey and Anthony Herron calling the action.

The Towson-Villanova game will also feature the only two players ever to win the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS football, junior Terrance West of Towson and sophomore quarterback John Robertson of Villanova. West was the inaugural Jerry Rice Award winner in 2011 while Robertson earned the award last season.

The Tigers come into Saturday night’s game with one of the top offensive teams and one of the top defensive squads in NCAA FCS. Averaging 40.8 points per game, the Tigers are ranked eighth in NCAA FCS. At the same time, Towson is allowing 16.8 points per contest, sixth in the nation.

Coach Ambrose knows that the Tigers will have their will be facing a serious challenge on Saturday night.

He says, “Villanova is an incredibly talented team and is extremely well-coached. Villanova isn’t just a great team. Villanova is a great program. Their quarterback is one of the best players in the league if not the country. Villanova has the ability to withstand injuries without missing a beat because they have such tremendous depth.”

The Tiger offense is coming off a school-record performance against New Hampshire. In the win over UNH, Towson set a school record with 731 yards of total offense.

Senior quarterback Peter Athens enjoyed the best game of his career in the win over UNH. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns. In six games this season, Athens has completed 98 of 154 passes for 1,332 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only thrown four interceptions and he has only been sacked three times.

The second-leading rusher in Towson history, West is enjoying the best season of his career. In six games, he has rushed for 886 yards on 154 carries, an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. He ranks fourth in NCAA FCS in rushing yards and leads the nation with 15 touchdowns. The leading-rusher in the CAA, he has run for more than 100 yards in five of six games and he has been honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.

Named as the FCS National Co-Player of the Week by The Sports Network after his 238-yard game against New Hampshire, West is a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award. He has been earned 10 weekly awards from the CAA in his career, a league record.

The Tiger defense, which is ranked 12th in the nation while allowing 301.8 total yards per game, has been led by senior linebacker Telvion Clark. Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week after the win over New Hampshire, Clark leads the Tigers with 55 tackles. He also ranks sixth in the CAA in tackles.

When the Tigers host Villanova, they will be trying to avoid the slow starts that have hurt them in the last two games. In their 35-21 win over Stony Brook, the Tigers rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit. They also trailed by 21-10 at the half. In their 44-28 win over New Hampshire, the Tigers spotted UNH a 20-3 first quarter lead before scoring 41 consecutive points.

Not surprisingly, the Tigers have been a second-half team all season. Towson has outscored its opponents by a 118-30 margin in the second half. In the third quarter, the Tigers own a 72-7 advantage. The only third-quarter touchdown that the Tigers have allowed came against Delaware State when Towson already had a 49-0 lead.

If the Tigers beat Villanova, they will tie the school record for consecutive wins, a mark set by the 1974 and 1975 Tigers.

After hosting Villanova on Saturday night, the Tigers will be back on the road next week when they travel to Albany.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Cary, NC live on Golf Channel), Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Thursday-Saturday 12am Sunday 12:30am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel); Preseason NBA: Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm Verizon Center); Boxing: Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on HBO PPV); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Friday 7pm), Gilman @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm), McDonogh @ St. Frances (Saturday 5:30pm Utz Field Patterson Park)

10. Avenged Sevenfold/Deftones (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Zac Brown Band (Sunday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Wallflowers (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Motion City Soundtrack (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Sick Puppies (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Eddie Money (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lee Brice (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Atlas Genius (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Sunday & Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); AFI (Tuesday 6pm 9:30 Club), Soul Asylum/Fountains of Wayne (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ra Ra Riot (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Gourds (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); NEEDTOBREATHE (Wednesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hanni El Khatib (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Tim Reynolds (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Janelle Monae (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington “High Rise”, Cage The Elephant “Melophobia”, Alter Bridge “Fortress”, Korn “Paradigm Shift” and Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

If someone wants to offer me a late invite to see ZBB Sunday night, the answer will not be “no”.

Oh man, I totally feel like Forrester should have asked me to go see Ra Ra Riot Friday night by now. I get stoked.

I assume that like me, the rest of you put this Doobie Brothers video on at least once a month while sipping a ginger ale on a coach in your tank top and boxers. Right?

Chester Bennington is not Scott Weiland. I want this thing to be okay, but we all know it isn’t.

9. United States Sailboat Show (Thursday-Sunday Annapolis City Dock); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Robert Kelly (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Captain Phillips” and “Machete Kills” out in theaters (Friday); The Hangover Part III“, “After Earth” and “The Purge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Sofia Vergara. Boob guns. Danny Trejo. America.

Also, I have no doubt that Captain Phillips is amazing. But there is no way it is greater than this Tom Hanks classic, or as we all know it-the greatest motion picture of all time. (Minor NSFW language.)

By the way, Brian Baldinger was great in “Catch Me If You Can”.

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Towson picked to finish second in preseason CAA poll

Posted on 24 July 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – After closing its 2012 campaign as CAA Football’s FCS Championship automatic qualifier and with the nation’s best turnaround, Villanova was chosen as the league’s preseason favorite in a vote of the conference’s 11 head coaches and communications personnel.

2013 CAA FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes)
1. Villanova (11)
2. Towson (3)
3. New Hampshire (3)
4. Richmond (1)
5. James Madison (4)
6. Delaware
7. Stony Brook
8. Maine
9. William and Mary
10. UAlbany
11. Rhode Island

 

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Towson to have two games air on NBC Sports Network

Posted on 18 July 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER FOOTBALL SET TO MAKE TWO APPEARANCES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK GAME SCHEDULE

RICHMOND, Va. - The Towson University football team will make two appearances on the NBC Sports Network this season as part of the Colonial Athletic Association’s package on the network.

NBC Sports is scheduled to televise five CAA games this season as CAA Football continues to grow its ever-expanding national exposure.

On October 12, NBC Sports visits Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium for the Tigers’ CAA showdown with Villanova at 7:00 p.m. Towson and Villanova were two of four teams that shared the CAA championship last season.

On November 23, NBC Sports Network will deliver its final CAA Football game of the season when James Madison visits Unitas Stadium for the regular season finale at 3:30 p.m.

The NBC Sports Network schedule kicks off on September 7 at 3:30 p.m.  when Delaware hosts Delaware State in the schools’ annual “Route 1 Rivalry” matchup.

On October 12, NBC Sports Network will present a CAA Football doubleheader. National coverage begins with Richmond visiting in-state rival James Madison at 3:30 p.m.  Coverage continues at 7 p.m. when Villanova visits Towson.

NBC Sports Network’s coverage of CAA Football continues on November 9, when New Hampshire hosts James Madison at 12:30 p.m.

NBC Sports Network will deliver its final CAA Football game of the season on November 23 with the Towson-James Madison matchup.

Last season, Towson made three appearances on the NBC Sports Network. The network televised the Tigers’ win over William & Mary, a loss at James Madison and the Tigers’ thrilling overtime victory at Delaware.

In addition to the five games scheduled on NBCSN, 13 CAA Football games will be offered on select NBC Sports Regional Networks. Telecast networks and times for those 13 additional CAA Football contests will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consist of 13 regional networks that deliver more than 2,400 live sporting events annually, along with breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming, to more than 50 million homes.

The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, NECN, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY.

CAA Football begins its second year of a five-year broadcast agreement with the NBC Sports Network this fall. The network is the 24/7 cable platform for NBC Sports and is available in nearly 80 million homes. NBC Sports Network’s live-event coverage to digital, mobile and tablet users via its NBC Sports Live Extra platform. All NBC Sports Network games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

Throughout the 2013 season, every game televised regionally on NBC Sports Regional Networks will also be simulcast digitally to out-of-market areas for free on CAA.TV. A select number of these specific games may also be featured in high definition and available live for free on the CAA iPad app. Digital broadcasts will be blacked out in areas where the telecast is available via fans’ cable provider. A free login will be required to view the games both via CAA.TV on a computer or using the CAA’s iPad app. More information on the CAA.TV login requirement will be available closer to the season and promoted via CAA Football’s online presence.

A complete list of CAA Football games on NBC Sports Network is listed below. (All time listed ET. Schedule subject to change.)

 

Date Teams Time Network
Saturday, September 7 Delaware State at Delaware 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, October 12 Richmond at James Madison 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, October 12 Villanova at Towson 7 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 9 James Madison at New Hampshire 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Saturday, November 23 James Madison at Towson 3:30 p.m. NBCSN

 

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Hopkins adds Ohio State, Villanova to 2014 lacrosse schedule

Posted on 12 June 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala announced the addition of Ohio State and Villanova to the Blue Jays’ 2014 schedule today. Both games will take place at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. The addition of the Buckeyes and Wildcats will end the current scheduling agreements Johns Hopkins has with Siena and Army.

Tentatively, the Blue Jays will open the 2014 season against Ohio State with a late-season midweek game against Villanova. The complete 2014 Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse schedule, with game dates and times, should be available in October.

Johns Hopkins and Ohio State have meet four times previously with all four meetings taking place between 1999 and 2002. Johns Hopkins won all four of those games, including a 12-9 decision at Ohio State in the teams’ last meeting during the 2002 season. PIetramala is 3-0 all-time against Ohio State, with two of those three wins coming during his tenure as the head coach at Johns Hopkins. Ohio State posted a 13-4 record, won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2013.

Villanova was a regular on the Johns Hopkins schedule from 1997-2002 as the teams met six times during that period. Johns Hopkins won all six of those games and took a 10-7 decision at Villanova in the teams’ last meeting midway through the 2002 season. The Wildcats shared the 2013 BIG EAST regular season title and advanced to the league championship game before falling to eventual national runner-up Syracuse. Villanova ended the 2013 season with a 7-8 record.

Ohio State finished the 2013 regular season ranked third in the USILA Coaches Poll, while Villanova was ranked 20th in that poll (the USILA does not release a poll after the NCAA Tournament). The Buckeyes also drew a number eight national ranking in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Wildcats were listed as receiving votes. The final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll was released after the NCAA Tournament.

In the final 2013 Men’s Lacrosse RPI rankings (also issued after the NCAA Tournament), Ohio State was ranked sixth, while Villanova was ranked 21st.

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Carlson, Amato help Maryland top Villanova to remain undefeated

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA. - Sophomore Jay Carlson scored a career-best five goals to lead the No. 1 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 10-7 victory over Villanova at Villanova Stadium Saturday night.

The victory ups the Terps’ record to 6-0 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 1-5 overall.

The wet and messy field made for some tentative play at the start of the game, which saw both teams turn the ball over a couple of times apiece.

Once play settled down Villanova got on the board first with an unassisted goal by John Kuhl at the 12:00 mark.

Maryland tied the score with 7:33 to go in the first when junior Brian Cooper forced a turnover and senior Jesse Bernhardt scooped up the groundball and raced down the field. Bernhardt drew a defender before passing the ball to senior Kevin Cooper on the crease and he finished from in close.

The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter when Jack Rice scored off an assist by Kevin O’Neil at the 5:27 mark.

The lead grew to 3-1 for Villanova at the beginning of the second quarter when O’Neil took advantage of a pushing call on Kevin Cooper and scored on the extra-man opportunity less than 30 seconds into the period.

The Terps cut into the lead with 8:23 to play in the second when senior Jake Bernhardt dodged down the right alley and went under his defender and finished from the right side of the crease.

Villanova looked to add to its lead, but junior goalie Niko Amato, who made six saves in the first half, turned back three shots from right on the crease to keep it a one-goal Maryland deficit.

Maryland tied the game at 3-3 at the 6:17 mark when a scramble during a timer-on situation saw Jake Bernhardt find Carlson on the crease and Carson converted on a quick turn-and-shoot from inside eight yards.

The Terrapins took their first lead of the game right before the end of the first half when Carlson scored his second of the game, this time finishing a feed from senior Owen Blye with 1:12 left.

A two-minute illegal body check on sophomore Casey Ikeda gave Villanova a golden opportunity early in the third quarter and Max Hart tied the game with a goal at the 13:48 mark, but Jesse Bernhardt came up with a huge groundball on the ensuing faceoff to help the Terps kill the penalty and limit the damage.

Carlson put the Terps back up by a goal with his third of the game, finishing a feed by Kevin Cooper with 11:51 to play in the third.

Hart scored his second of the game at the 8:49 mark to tie the game at 5-5, but Maryland would go on a 3-0 run to open up an 8-5 lead.

Blye scored the first goal off of a cross-crease pass by Kevin Cooper with 4:31 to play. Senior John Haus then made it a two-goal lead for the Terps when he went around the back of the cage and scored unassisted coming around left goal line extended.

Carlson finished the run by tying his career-high with his fourth goal of the game. Kevin Cooper found him cutting to the crease and Carlson finished the play while falling down to the turf with 1:12 left in the third.

Villanova won the ensuing faceoff off when Christian Kolderup picked up the groundball and scored to make it an 8-6 Maryland lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats scored the first goal of a period for the fourth straight time when O’Neil posted his second of the game at the 8:54 mark to cut the Maryland lead back to one.

But the Terps managed to grind out the victory with Carlson taking on his fifth of the game off another assist from Kevin Cooper with 7:46 left on the clock to make it a 9-7 lead.

Junior Mike Chanenchuk closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 43 seconds remaining when Villanova brought its goalie out of the cage to double-team the ball and Chanenchuk scored into the empty net.

Amato finished with 11 saves in his return to his hometown. Junior Michael Ehrhardt led the Terps’ defenders with five groundballs, while Jesse Berhardt finished with four groundballs and a caused turnover.

Maryland returns to conference play when it hosts No. 8 North Carolina Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, March 23 at noon. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 10-7 win, Maryland is now 6-0 all-time vs. Villanova.
• With three points on three goals, sophomore Jay Carlson now has two hat tricks, eight multi-point and seven multi-goals for his career.
• With three points on a goal and four assists, senior Kevin Cooper now 16 multi-point and nine multi-assist games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Owen Blye now has 27 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, senior Jake Bernhardt now has 15 multi-point games for his career.

 

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Maryland, Villanova do battle Saturday night in Philly

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 Maryland (5-0) men’s lacrosse team takes to the road again, this time heading to the City of Brotherly Love for a Saturday night showdown at Villanova (1-4). The Terps and the Wildcats are slated for a 7 p.m. start at Villanova Stadium.

• Maryland is coming off of a 13-7 victory over Stony Brook in College Park on Sunday, March 10. Nine different Terps scored in the win with senior Kevin Cooper leading the way with three points on two goals and an assist. Sophomore Charlie Raffa won 15-of-18 faceoffs with a career-best 11 groundballs and also had a goal and an assist. Senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt turned in another solid performance with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. On the season Cooper leads the Terps with 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists), three points ahead of senior John Haus (8-7=15). Seniors Owen Blye and Jake Bernhardt rank second on the squad with nine goals apiece. Junior Niko Amato is ranked second in the NCAA with a 6.36 goals-against average and is sixth with a .600 save percentage.

• Villanova enters Saturday’s game with a 1-4 mark, but all four losses have come against ranked foes. Senior midfielder Jack Rice leads the Seawolves in goals (11) and points (11). Thomas Croonquist has wotn .552 percent of his faceoffs and leads the Wildcats with 35 groundballs. Villanova’s goalie situation is up in the air. Freshman Greg Stamatov has started the Wildcats’ first five games, but was lifted in the first half against Penn last Saturday and senior Billy Hurley stepped in an made 12 saves while allowing just five goals.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 114-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .820 winning percentage.
8 … The Terps won only eight of 20 faceoffs last season vs. the Wildcats.
7 … Kevin Cooper has seven multi-goal games during his Terrapin career.
6 … Maryland is a perfect 6-0 in six all-time meetings with Villanova.
5 … The Terps have won their first five games for the first time since 2010.
4 … Maryland is ranked first in four NCAA statistical categories (scoring offense, scoring margin, points per game and shooting percentage).
3 … Three Maryland players (Charlie Raffa, Jesse Bernhardt and Michael Ehrhardt) have 20 or more groundballs this season.
2 … Maryland has shot 50 percent or better in three games in 2013.
1 … The Terps’ first midfield line has totaled 26 goals on 63 shots for a .397 shooting percentage.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 50-30 career record for a 62.5 winning percentage. Tillman is 30-11 (.732) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Michael Corrado is in his seventh season season as a head coach, all at Villanova, and is 53-44 (.546).

• Tillman is 1-0 in his only game vs. Villanova.


Series History vs. Villanova
• Maryland is 6-0 in the all-time series with Villanova. This will be just the second meeting between the Terps and the Wildcats since 1998. Maryland and Villanova played each season from 1994-98.

• Last season, Owen Blye set his career high with six points on four goals and two assists to lead the Terps to an 11-5 win over his hometown team. Maryland opened up a 7-0 lead and cruised to the victory. Niko Amato, another Philadelphia-area product, had 12 saves and six groundballs.

• The 1998 meeting was the season-opener and the Terps came away with a 18-5 victory. Four Maryland players finished with three points apiece, led by Kevin Pasqualina’s first career hat trick. Kevin Healy played the first 47 minutes in cage for the Terps and finished with six saves.

Maryland As The No. 1 Team
• The Terps took over the top spot in the USILA Coaches’ Poll on Feb. 18 after two impressive wins to open the 2013 season. The Terps became the outright No. 1 team in the country on Feb. 25 following their 12-10 victory at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 23. This marks the ninth time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986.

• Overall, Maryland has played 25 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 17-8 in those games.

• This season, the Terps have played two games as the nation’s outright top team and is 2-0, defeating Duke, 16-7, in Durham on March 2 and topping Stony Brook, 13-7, at home on March 10.• The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The last time the Terps were the nation’s top team was in April of 2004. Maryland’s two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.

• This season’s ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.


Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 98 of the 107 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .916 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.6 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 114-25 in games, for a .820 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 185 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 77.2 percent of the time.


Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 5-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in its five victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%
W- at Loyola: 12 goals, 36 shots = 33.3%
W- at Duke: 16 goals, 29 shots = 55.2%
W- Stony Brook: 13 goals, 30 shots = 43.3%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 60-4 (.938) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 14 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 14 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in four of them.


Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.

• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.


Terps On ESPNU
• Maryland has had 44 games on ESPNU since 2006. Maryland is 25-19 (.568) all-time in games broadcast on ESPNU.

• The Terps are scheduled to play five games (at Duke (W, 16-7), vs. UMBC, at Virginia, vs. Johns Hopkis and the ACC tournament semifinals) on ESPNU in 2013.


Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at CurePC.org.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.


Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.


Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.


Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the D1scource.com).

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.


The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 742-249-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010′s for a .735 winning percentage.


A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11

Five Taken In MLL Draft
• Led by senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt, a record-tying five Maryland men’s lacrosse student-athletes were chosen in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.

• Bernhardt was chosen fourth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, becoming the second-highest Terrapin ever drafted in the MLL (Joe Walters, first overall selection in 2006). He is just the seventh Maryland player to be taken in the first round, joining Lee Zink (2004, 5th), Chris Passavia (2004, 6th), Walters, Bill McGlone (2006, 5th), Ray Megill (2007, 9th) and Joe Cinosky (2008, 9th).

• Senior midfielder John Haus was the next Terrapin off the board, going to the Hamilton Nationals in the second round with the 15th overall selection. Haus was followed by senior midfielder Kevin Cooper, who went to the Bayhawks with the 16th overall pick.

• The Denver Outlaws, which already has three Terps on its roster (Zink, Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider), were then next MLL squad to take a Maryland player, selecting senior midfielder Landon Carr with the 23rd overall selection.

• The fifth Terp to be selected was senior attackman Owen Blye with the very next pick by the Charlotte Hounds.

• The five players selected ties the school record for most players taken in the MLL draft. The 2011 senior class also had five players taken - Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt, Dan Burns, Grant Catalino and Ryan Young.

• Maryland’s 2013 senior class also features redshirt senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt, who was selected by the Nationals with the 12th overall selection in the 2012 MLL collegiate draft.


2013 Team Captains
• Three players have been named team captains for the 2013 season. The trio, which was selected by a combination of team vote and coaches’ input, consists of seniors Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye. All three return as team captains from the 2012 squad.

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Towson visits Delaware in key CAA tilt Saturday

Posted on 02 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NEWARK, Del. – Facing a nationally-ranked Colonial Athletic Association opponent on the road for the second consecutive week, the No. 19 Tigers (4-4, 3-2) will face No. 23 University of Delaware (5-3, 2-3) on Saturday, November 3 at Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium at 12 noon.

The game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network with Ari Wolff and Anthony Herron calling the action while Carolyn Manno is the sideline reporter. The game will also be aired on the Tigers’ web site,www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan handling the broadcast. The Tigers’ internet broadcast also features a one-hour pre-game show.

When the No. 19 Tigers face No. 23 Delaware, it will mark Towson’s fourth game of the season against a nationally-ranked NCAA FCS program. According to the NCAA, Towson is playing the fourth-toughest schedule of any FCS program. The Tigers have played two NCAA FBS programs, Kent State (6-1) and Louisiana State (8-1), in addition to their tough FCS slate.

Towson is coming off its best game of the season, a 49-35 victory over CAA co-leader Villanova last week on the road. In the victory, the Tigers rolled up a seasonal high 590 yards of total offense. Sophomore Terrance West,the Pre-Season CAA Offensive Player of the Year, had his best game of the season at Villanova. He ran for 144 yards on 23 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns. West also gave Towson a 21-7 first quarter lead when he caught a 78-yard touchdown pass.

In seven games this season, West has scored 11 touchdowns, including 10 rushing TD’s. Only a sophomore, West has scored 40 touchdowns in 18 career games.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders, the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, has been the catalyst for the Tigers’ offense. Enders has become the best two-way threat that the Tigers have ever had at quarterback. He ranks third in the CAA in total offense, averaging 275.8 yards per game. As a passer, he has completed 148 of 235 passes for 1,689 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is fourth in the CAA, averaging 208.6 passing yards per game. He is also the ninth-leading rusher in the CAA with 537 yards on 74 carries and four touchdowns.

Enders has already set the Towson single season record for rushing yards by a quarterback and he also holds the career record for rushing yards by a quarterback (924). He needs 76 more yards to become the first Tiger quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.

In the win over Villanova, Enders had a career high 391 yards of total offense. In addition to passing for 269 yards and a career high four touchdowns, he also ran for a career best 122 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown.

Saturday’s game matches two of the top defenses in the CAA. Towson leads the CAA in total defense (308.0 yards per game) and pass defense (164.2 yards per game). Meanwhile, the Blue Hens are first in the CAA in rushing defense (115.2 ypg) and rank third in scoring defense (21.8 ppg).

Towson and Delaware are meeting for the 14th time in a series that started in 1982 when the Tigers were a nationally-ranked NCAA Division II program. The Blue Hens own a 9-4 lead in the series and have won five games in a row against Towson. Last season, Delaware handed Towson a 35-30 loss at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. It was Towson’s only conference loss en route to the CAA championship.

 “Delaware has been doing things the right way for a long time,” says Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Over the last few years, we have been striving to cut down the difference between our two programs. It’s an emotional game, partly because of the geography of the two schools. Our players know their players and their players know our players. Both schools recruit the same areas, for student-athletes as well as regular students.

“To win this game, I feel we are going to have to establish our running game,” Ambrose admits. “Delaware has a big, strong, veteran defensive line and it is going to be a challenge for us.”

Junior linebacker Monte Gaddis leads the Tiger defense. In eight games this season, he has made 62 tackles and ranks seventh in the CAA. With 10.5 tackles for lost yardage, he is second in the CAA behind freshman linebacker Jeff Williams of Delaware. Williams has made 12 tackles for lost yardage.

Senior safety Jordan Dangerfield and sophomore cornerback Tye Smith have also played well for the Tigers’ defense. A pre-season All-American, Dangerfield has 52 tackles and ranks eighth among CAA defensive backs. Smith has 51 tackles, ninth among CAA defensive backs.

Led by senior defensive end Romale Tucker, the Tigers top the CAA in quarterback sacks with 25 sacks. Those 25 sacks have been divided up among 11 different players. While Tucker has four sacks in seven games, senior defensive end Frank Beltre and Gaddis have four sacks in eight games.

This will be 10th time that Towson and Delaware have played at Delaware Stadium. The Blue Hens have won six of the nine previous games in Newark. The Tigers posted wins in 1983 (13-4), 1993 (32-30) and 2006 (49-35) while Delaware beat Towson in 1982 (51-7), 1984 (56-23), 1992 (55-27), 2004 (21-17), 2008 (31-21) and 2010 (48-0).

The Tigers, who were 4-0 in CAA road games last season, are 1-1 in CAA road games this year. Towson lost to James Madison on Oct. 6 (13-10) before beating Villanova last week.

Dating back to last season, Towson has won 10 of its last 13 CAA games.

After the Tigers’ trip to Delaware, they return to Unitas Stadium for their home finale against Rhode Island at 3:30 p.m.

TIGER TALES:  This week’s game will be Towson’s sixth appearance in a televised game this season … Previously, the Tigers made two appearances on NBC SportsNet, beating William & Mary and losing at James Madison … Towson’s season-opening loss at Kent State was televised on Comcast SportsNet-Plus … When Towson played at Louisiana State, the game was aired nationally on ESPNU … The Towson-Villanova game was aired on Comcast Mid-Atlantic.

The Tigers have done an excellent job controlling the time of possession this season … In their first eight games of the season, the Tigers have controlled the time of possession seven times … While averaging 33:29 in time of possession, Towson ranks sixth in NCAA FCS in time of possession … National champion North Dakota State leads FCS football in time of possession at 35:44 per game … Montana State (34:23) is second while Liberty (34:20) is third … Eastern Kentucky is fourth at 34:04, just ahead of San Diego (33:54)  … For the season, Towson has 178 first downs while its opponents have 142 … The Tigers have 3,354 total yards while allowing 2,464 total yards … Towson has run 554 plays while its opponents have run 496 offensive plays.

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