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Season over for Towson after OT loss to Drexel in CAA Tournament

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA – Towson (8-7) and No. 16 Drexel (11-4) went down to the wire in their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament semifinal before the Dragons’ Ryan Belka scored the game winner in the first overtime to send Drexel to the title game with an 11-10 victory over Towson on Vidas Field Saturday afternoon.

“I’m proud of the way our guys regrouped after that two-goal spurt [Drexel] had,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “During the timeout we just told them to slow down, take a breath and they did. We came back and made some plays, but we didn’t win the ground ball game and the face-offs [Drexel won 19-of-23] were key.”

Junior Greg Cuccinello’s four points (3g, 1a) led the Tigers. Classmate Ben McCarty added two goals, while freshman Joe Seider contributed a goal and two assists. Ben McIntosh and Cole Shafer each had four goals for the Dragons. Tiger keeper Tyler White made 14 saves.

Drexel took a quick 2-0 lead just 1:12 into the game. Towson did not go on offense until 11:03 in the quarter. The Tigers recovered to get within one, 3-2, despite not winning a face-off in the first quarter. Towson took its first lead, 5-4, at 5:25 in the second when Cuccinello scored a fast-break goal, and the Tigers held a 6-5 lead at the break.

The second half was a tightly contested affair; after a brief tie at 6-6 at the start of the third quarter. Towson led by no more than three goals until 2:14 when McIntosh put Drexel back in front, 10-9. Grimaldi tied it at 10-10 before freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Jack Adams nearly tallied the game winner; however, his shot rang off the post as the buzzer sounded. Belka’s golden goal snuck in low for the victory.

Junior Justin Mabus got the Tigers on the board at 8:39 in the first when he received a pass right in front of the net from Seider. Drexel took a 3-1 lead before McCarty scored unassisted on a bounce at 4:07 in the first. The Dragons led until 5:25 in the second quarter when Cuccinello scored unassisted before Seider added a man-up goal with 4:04 left before the half.

Drexel’s Shafer tied the game again at 6-6 at 12:43 in the third quarter. Towson then received two goals in just over a minute from defenseman Mike Lowe and McCarty before Cuccinello and Seider combined on an extra-man goal with two minutes to go in the frame to put Towson up, 9-6.

However, Drexel rebounded and scored the next four goals to take a 10-9 lead with 2:14 remaining in the game. DeNapoli fed Grimaldi for the game-tying goal, and Adams’ near-miss sent the game into overtime.

Drexel outshot Towson 43-30 and won the ground ball game, 39-17 – mostly off face-offs. The Dragons committed 14 turnovers to Towson’s 11, and the Tigers held Drexel scoreless on EMO (0-5). Towson was 2-4 on man-up chances.

The game looked in doubt from the moment Towson arrived at Drexel at 5 p.m. on April 30. An hour and 15 minutes later, the game was postponed due to unplayable fields. The Tigers trekked to southern New Jersey to stay for the evening and then fought through an hour and a half of traffic to go eight miles and arrive back at Vidas Field on May 1. The game had been scheduled for 12 p.m. It began at 12:45 p.m.

“Our guys handled a lot of adversity just getting here,” noted Nadelen. “An hour and a half to go eight miles? We were ready to play last night.”

Earlier in the day, seniors DeNapoli, John Fennessy, juniors JoJo Ostrander and Mabus and freshmen Seider and Ryan Drenner all earned post-season All-CAA honors. Ostrander earned a spot on the first time, DeNapoli, Mabus and Fennessy were on the second team and Seider and Drenner earned spots on the all-rookie team.

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Towson visits Drexel Wednesday for CAA Tournament semifinal

Posted on 29 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Looking to defend its 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament title, the Towson men’s lacrosse team (8-6) heads to No. 2 seed Drexel (10-4) on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Vidas Field.

No. 1 Hofstra hosts surprise No. 4 Delaware on April 30, also at 7 p.m., in the other semifinal. The winners of the two match ups will meet in the CAA championship at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers come into Wednesday’s game as the defending CAA champions and the No. 3 seed. They face No. 2-seeded Drexel in Philadelphia. The Dragons remain 16th in the country this week after an 11-8 win at High Point on April 25.

Updating the Tigers
Towson has had a week to rest after finishing the regular season with a 15-9 loss to then-No. 10 Penn on April 22. The Tigers are looking to snap a three-game losing skid. Their last victory came on April 5, a 6-5 decision over UMass at Amherst, Mass.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel finished the regular season with an 11-8 win at High Point last Friday. It was the Dragons’ sixth straight win. They scored the first four goals of the game and didn’t look back. Ben McIntosh led Drexel with a hat trick, while Jules Raucci and Jared Boudreau each had a pair of tallies.

Three Things to Watch – Towson vs. Drexel
1. A little of that old magic. In 2013, Towson was the No. 3 seed going into the CAA tournament and faced Drexel in the semifinals, just a week after playing the Dragons in the regular season. Towson avenged a 14-11 loss on Vidas Field with an 11-8 win at PSU Lacrosse Field. This year, the Tigers are the No. 3 seed and lost 13-7 to Drexel at The U on April 19 before heading to Vidas Field 11 days later looking for another rebound. Towson will need some of the mojo the Tigers found in 2013 to power into this year’s championship.
2. Hail Hydra. Drexel’s offense lately has been Hydra-like: cut off one head and two more sprout up. In the loss on April 19, the Tigers limited Ben McIntosh and Nick Trizano but couldn’t account for Cole Shafer, a freshman who exploded for a career-best five goals. The Dragons have six players who have scored 13 or more goals. They will be a challenge for Towson’s defensive unit.
3. The benefit of youth? Towson has 17 newcomers on the roster (five starters); Tigers who weren’t around for the 2013 CAA championship run. Perhaps the upside of all that youth is a lack of pressure to defend a title they didn’t win.

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Towson faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE JAMES MADISON IN CAA QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY
Tigers seek to reach CAA semifinals for first time since 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. – The second-seeded Towson men’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and Ron Thompson on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) swept a pair of meetings against James Madison (11-19, 6-10 CAA) this season, topping the Dukes 80-71 inside SECU Arena on February 4 and pulling out a 69-66 decision on the road just 10 days ago.

The Tigers have posted their most wins in a season at the Division I level and most overall since the 1977-78 team went 26-4 while in Division II. The No. 2 seed is Towson’s highest seed in a conference tournament since the Tigers were the top seed in the 1994 Big South Conference Tournament.

Towson enters the CAA Tournament having won six straight games, its longest winning streak under head coach Pat Skerry. It is the longest winning streak for the Tigers as a CAA program and longest overall winning streak since winning seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

The Tigers are led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (20). The senior also paces Towson in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has dished out a team-high 115 assists.

Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie also earned CAA accolades this season. Both were named to the all-conference third team. Guthrie ranks second on the team in scoring and 14th in the CAA at 12.0 points per game. Damas averages 11.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

James Madison is the defending CAA champion. After winning three of four games late in the season, the Dukes dropped their final two games to fall to the No. 7 seed. Sophomore Andre Nation leads the squad by averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Towson is 4-2 in its last six CAA Tournament opening games, but this is the first of those that will be in the quarterfinal round. The Tigers have only advanced to the semifinals once (2009) since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season.

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Towson set for #2 seed in CAA Tournament

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (March 1, 2014) – The pairings are set for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which will be held March 7-10, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.

Tournament play opens at 7 p.m. on Friday as #8 Hofstra (9-22, 5-11 in CAA) takes on #9 UNCW (9-22, 3-13 in CAA) in opening round action.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, top-seeded Delaware (22-9, 14-2 in CAA) meets the Hofstra/UNCW winner at Noon, followed by #4 Drexel (16-13, 8-8 in CAA) against #5 Northeastern (10-20, 7-9 in CAA) at 2:30 p.m. The evening session begins at 6 p.m. with #2 Towson (22-9, 13-3 in CAA) against #7 James Madison (11-19, 6-10 in CAA), and action wraps up at 8:30 p.m. as #3 William & Mary (18-11, 10-6 in CAA) faces #6 College of Charleston (14-17, 6-10 in CAA).

The four winners will advance to Sunday’s semifinals, which are set for 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The CAA championship game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

Tickets are available by logging on to TicketMaster.com, calling the Baltimore Arena box office at (410) 347-2020 or by visiting the box office of any CAA school.

All four quarterfinal games of the championship will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS and SNY. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Friday’s first-round game will be televised online by CAA.TV.

For more information, be sure to check out our championships page.

CAA Men’s Basketball Championship
March 7-10, 2014 – Baltimore Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Friday, March 7

G1 – #8 Hofstra vs. #9 UNCW – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

G2 – #1 Delaware vs. Hofstra/UNCW winner – Noon
G3 – #4 Drexel vs. #5 Northeastern – 2:30 p.m.
G4 – #2 Towson vs. #7 James Madison – 6 p.m.

G5 – #3 William & Mary vs. #6 College of Charleston – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9

G6 – Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 – 2:30 p.m.
G7 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 5 p.m.

Monday, March 10
G8 – CAA Championship Game – 7 p.m.

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Towson baseball overcomes adversity, wins CAA Championship

Posted on 25 May 2013 by WNST Staff

HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 25, 2013) – Senior right-hander Mike Volpe threw his first career complete game and designated hitter Kurt Wertz drove in three runs as fourth-seeded Towson captured its first CAA Baseball Championship with a 5-2 victory over #2 William & Mary on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Tigers (29-28) earn the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Baseball Championship, whose field will be announced on Monday afternoon. It is Towson’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and its third overall. William & Mary (37-22) will hope for an at-large berth to the NCAA’s after a season in which it tied a school record for victories in a season.

Volpe (9-3) allowed just one hit and no runs over the final five innings and gave up seven hits for the game. He threw 139 pitches in the contest after a 133-pitch effort in the Tigers’ victory over Northeastern in the opening game last Wednesday. Volpe struck out six and walked two.

Wertz finished 2-for-4, including a two-run triple off the right-field wall with two outs in the ninth that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game. Dominic Fratantuono was 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory, while Zach Fisher, Pat Fitzgerald and Brandon Gonnella contributed two hits apiece.

For William & Mary, second baseman Ryan Lindemuth was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored to cap an outstanding tournament performance. Lindemuth batted .647 (11-17) with four doubles, two homers, eight runs scored and 12 RBI over four games. Outfielders Jonathan Sarty and Ryan Brown also contributed a pair of hits in the game.

Pitcher Brett Koehler took the loss for the Tribe despite a solid effort. The right-hander gave up 11 hits but only three runs over 8.0 innings.

Both teams got off to quick starts offensively. Wertz smacked his team-leading 13th home run of the season to give Towson the lead in the top of the first. William & Mary responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Brown lined a leadoff double to right center and scored on Lindemuth’s two-out single.

The Tigers moved back in front in the second when Fratantuono lofted a solo homer over the right-field fence. The Tribe pulled even in the third after Lindemuth opened the frame with a double to left and scored when Sarty bounced a single into left.

In the fifth, Towson’s Gonnella singled to right, moved around on an errant pickoff throw and a groundout, and scored on Fisher’s RBI single up the middle that made it 3-2.

The Tigers created some breathing room for Volpe in the ninth. Gonnella and Fitzgerald each had singles, setting the stage for Wertz’ line drive off the fence in right.

Fisher was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after batting .476 (10-21) with three homers, five runs scored and 10 RBI over four games. He was joined on the all-tournament squad by Towson teammates Volpe, Wertz, Fratantuono and Andrew Parker.

Named to the team from William & Mary were Lindemuth, Sarty, Michael Katz and William Shaw. Rounding out the team were UNCW pitcher Jordan Ramsey, JMU outfielder Cole McInturff and Northeastern shortstop Jason Vosler.

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Towson women claim CAA title

Posted on 05 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGERS CAPTURE CAA TITLE WITH 9-4 WIN OVER HOF

Strong Second Half Leads Towson to Second Straight CAA Title 

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women’s lacrosse team used a 5-0 run to close out the game and claim a 9-4 victory over Hofstra University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship game Sunday afternoon. The Tigers (10-8) claimed their second straight CAA title and fifth since 2005 with the victory.

Junior defender Kaitlin Sheridan was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Sheridan was joined on the all-tournament team by graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica, redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly.

“A fantastic performance from our team today and they played great lacrosse and really played as a unit,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to compete in each game and we really did that today.”

Towson opened the game by scoring the first two goals. LaMonica and senior midfielder Sarah Hogan scored as the Tigers held an early lead with 22:02 to play in the half. The final 20 minutes of the first half proved to be a back and forth affair as the Tigers and Pride (11-8) traded goals. LaMonica’s second goal of the game gave Towson a 4-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the half. However, Hofstra answered with a Brittain Altomare goal with 9:40 left, which made it a 4-3 game. Towson took that 4-3 lead into the intermission.

Hofstra outshot the Tigers 8-7 in the first 30 minutes of action as each team won four draw controls.

The Pride started the second half the same way they ended the first half with a goal from Altomare. Altomare’s goal made it a 4-4 game with 26:55 to play.

The Tigers regained their lead in the 25th minute. Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle forced a Hofstra turnover on a clear attempt and scored on the play. That goal gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Just 3:33 later, the Tigers added to their lead as sophomore attacker Paige Duncan scored off an assist from Rohrback. Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored three times in the final 16 and a half minutes for the Tigers, which gave the home tea a 9-4 advantage. Turner’s hat trick was her third of the year as all three goals were assisted by Rohrback.

Hofstra had one last shot at a goal with 1:06 to play but Donnelly was able to come up with the save and the Tigers ran the clock out.

Donnelly made seven saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Kelsey Gregerson made three saves in the loss for Hofstra.

The Tigers outshot the Pride 9-7 in the second half and finished the game with a 16-15 advantage. Towson controlled four of the seven draw controls in the second half and finished the game with an 8-7 edge.

Turner led the Tigers with three goals while LaMonica added two goals. Rohrback had a goal and matched her career-high with four assists.

Altomare finished with two goals to lead the Pride.

The Tigers receive the CAA’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament with the win. The NCAA field will be announced at 9 p.m. tonight.

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Towson stuns Penn State for CAA title, NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

University Park, Pa. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team (10-7) withstood a late rally from No. 9 Penn State (12-4) to defeat the Nittany Lions, 11-10, and claim its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title since 2005 Friday afternoon at PSU Lacrosse Field.

PSU outscored Towson 4-3 in the fourth quarter to try and rally from an 8-6 deficit at the end of the third. The game was tightly contested until late in the second quarter and into the third when the Tigers broke it open with a five-goal run.

Towson was making its first appearance in a CAA final since 2010, when the Tigers fell to Delaware, 12-9 on May 8. Today’s championship is Towson’s fourth title in its ninth appearance at the CAA Tournament. Towson’s Thomas DeNapoli, Jordan Fortmann and Ben McCarty were named to the All-Tournament team. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage received Most Outstanding Player. It is Head Coach Shawn Nadelen’s first CAA championship.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello’s second hat trick of the season led the Tigers. He also had one assist. DeNapoli added two goals and two assists, while senior Matt Hughes scored his fourth and fifth goals in four games.

TJ Sanders’s three goals led the Nittany Lions. Jack Forster and Shane Sturgis each posted two goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made six saves.

McCarty opened the game’s scoring with his seventh goal in two games off a pass from DeNapoli at 11:10 in the first quarter. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead at 10:25 when sophomore Cuccinello beat PSU’s Kaut middle right.

Penn State struck back with a three-goal run starting at 9:28, getting scores from Forster, Kyle VanThof and Steven Bogert. But DeNapoli cut short the rally with his 40th goal of the season at 2:05. Hughes caused a Penn State turnover, picked up the ground ball and fed it to DeNapoli for the score. Hughes capped the quarter with his seventh goal of the year and, fourth in four games, with one second left.

The Nittany Lions started the second quarter on another three-goal rally when Forster connected with Tom LaCrosse on a fast break at 13:53. Sanders scored at 11:11 and Gavin Ahern followed at 10:18 to give PSU a 6-4 lead.

Junior Andrew Hodgson notched a goal for Towson at 6:59 when Towson worked the ball around the back of the net to Cuccinello who fed Hodgson. He dodged a defender and beat Kaut high to low from 12 yards out. His goal inched Towson to within one, 6-5, and Mabus’ tally at 4:28 pulled the Tigers even, 6-6.

Cuccinello started the third quarter with a bullet at 12:30 to put Towson up, 7-6, before Hodgson scored just over eight minutes later to give the Tigers an 8-6 advantage they carried into the fourth quarter.

The final frame was a wild one, seeing a total of seven goals – four in the final four minutes. Cuccinello posted his final goal of the game at 13:19 from 13 yards out, but the Lions showed they still had some fight when Sanders scored his 41st of the season 45 seconds later. Hughes answered with his second of the game when freshman Dan Livingston cleared the ball and passed to a waiting Hughes right in front of the goal at 6:51. That put Towson up three,10-7.

Towson was whistled for a slash at 4:54 and Penn State capitalized just 24 seconds into the penalty with a Sturgis goal at 4:31 to make it 10-8. DeNapoli posted his 41st of the year at 2:33, unassisted to increase the Tigers’ lead to 11-8. It gave Towson just enough breathing room to withstand Penn State goals from Sturgis and Sanders, at 2:14 and 1:42 respectively.

With the win, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They will find out their opponent during the NCAA selection show on Sunday, May 5.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 11, No. 9 Penn State 10
Towson (10-7)               4-2-2-3/11
Penn State (12-4)           3-3-0-4/10

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 3, DeNapoli 2, Hodgson 2, Hughes, 2, Mabus, McCarty; PSU – Sanders 3, Forster 2, Sturgis 2, Ahern, VanThof, Bogert. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Livingston, Mabus; PSU – Ahern 2, Manley 2, LaCrosse, Zittel. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (12, 60:00, 10 GA); PSU – Kaut (6, 60:00,11 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 32; PSU – 35. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 21; PSU – 33. FACE-OFFS: TOW –5-24; PSU – 19-24. CLEARS: TOW – 22-24; PSU – 19-23. EMO: TOW – 0-2; PSU 2-2. ATT: 796.

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Towson clinches spot in CAA title game with win over Drexel

Posted on 01 May 2013 by WNST Staff

University Park, Pa. – Sophomore Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse (9-7) over Drexel (11-4), 11-8, and into the CAA Finals Wednesday evening at PSU Lacrosse Field.

McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Junior Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while sophomore Justin Mabus had three assists. Senior Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a).

The Tigers advance to the CAA Finals for the first time since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game.

Towson’s McCarty opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:27 when he beat Drexel’s Cal Winkelman top left. Drexel quickly equalized at 10:41 when McIntosh received a feed from behind the goal and snuck a shot past Wascavage high left.

But the Tigers reeled off two quick scores to take a 3-1 lead at 8:26 when DeNapoli notched his 39th of the season at 9:38 and McCarty found the back of the net again. Drexel’s Hank Brown kept the Dragons in it with a tally at 7:51. Sophomore Rob Zoppo added a goal for Towson at 3:18 off a pass from classmate Cory Dobyns to increase the Tigers’ lead to two, 4-2.

Towson opened the second quarter with an EMO goal from Hodgson, assist to sophomore Mabus, after Drexel was called for delay of game – a 30-second penalty. Senior Matt Hughes extended the advantage to 6-2 with his sixth goal of the year at 11:52 when he scored from just outside the crease.

McCarty notched his first career hat trick at 5:38 in the second to give the Tigers a five-goal lead, 7-2, and continued his offensive explosion at 1:14 when an extra-man goal from just outside the crease off a dish from Mabus.

The Tigers kept rolling to start the third quarter when Hodgson took a pass from DeNapoli and fired a shot from distance past Winkelman to put Towson up 9-3 at 12:36. However, Drexel mounted a comeback over the next four minutes. The Dragons’ fourth goal came off an odd play. Drexel committed a turnover but the ball was checked out of a Tiger defender’s stick and rolled in the goal. It was credited to Church at 11:25. He scored two more times – at 8:50 when his bounce shot skidded in and then again six seconds later off a face-off.

But McCarty stopped the Dragons’ rally with his fifth goal at 8:00 to keep Towson in front, 10-6. The Dragons didn’t go away. After Towson was called for off-sides, Chris Frederick caught a pass just outside the crease and scored. McIntosh scored his second at 3:05 in the third on an EMO chance to inch the Dragons to within two, 10-8.

McCarty equaled his season goal total (6) when he scored on a man-up opportunity at 10:37 in the fourth off a Mabus pass to give Towson some more breathing room, 11-8. The Tigers’ defense held Drexel scoreless in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

The Tigers will face No. 1 Penn State in the 2013 CAA Tournament final on Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m.

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Towson opens CAA Tournament Wednesday against Drexel

Posted on 30 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Updating the Tigers
Towson finished the 2013 regular season with a 13-6 win over visiting Saint Joseph’s Saturday, April 27 at Unitas Stadium. Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson each had two goals and three assists in the win. Junior John Fennessy scored his first career goal on a 65-yard shot off a feed from goalie Andrew Wascavage.

Towson at the CAA Tournament
The Tigers have made eight appearances in the league tournament since joining the CAA in 2002. Towson is 9-5 overall in the tournament and has won three conference tournament titles. The Tigers are 2-0 against Drexel, 3-0 against Hofstra, 1-1 versus UMass and have never played Penn State in the CAA Tournament. They are 1-1 on the road in the tournament. This season is the first time Towson has been a No. 3 seed. The Tigers’ last win in the tournament came on May 5, 2010 when the No. 1 seed Tigers defeated No. 4  seed UMass 13-6.

CAAs – Tigers vs. Dragons
Towson and Drexel have met just twice in the CAA tournament. Both times, the Tigers have come out the victors. In 2003, the No. 1-seeded Tigers handily defeated the Dragons, 17-2 in the semifinals before winning the title. In 2009, the teams played again. Towson claimed an 10-2 victory as the No. 2 seed over the No. 3 seed Drexel. Both games were in the semifinals.

A New Experience
Only 12 current Tigers have experience at a CAA Tournament game in their careers – Thomas DeNapoli,Andrew Hodgson, Matt Hughes, John Fennessy, Andrew Wascavage, JoJo Ostrander, Billy Choiniere, Rob Zoppo, Jordan Fortmann, Justin Mabus, John Paukovits, and Greg Cuccinello. Of those players, only Hughes has played in two CAA tournament games.

Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson leads the all-time series, 37-7. It began in 1962 and was contested annually until 1973 when it went on hiatus for seven years. The Tigers have separate win streaks of 23 games (1965-1997) and 10 games (1999-2007) against the Dragons.

Towson-Drexel By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Towson leads, 37-7
at Towson Towson leads, 16-2
at Drexel Towson leads, 11-3
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites Towson leads, 10-2
First Meeting 1962 – Drexel 14, Towson 7
Last Meeting 2013 – Drexel 14, Towson 11
Streak Drexel +3

 

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CAA hoops tournament to Baltimore 2014-2016

Posted on 12 December 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. (December 12, 2012) – The Colonial Athletic Association and the city of Baltimore have reached a three-year agreement to conduct the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at 1st Mariner Arena beginning in 2014.

“We are excited to bring the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship and March Madness to Baltimore,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “Baltimore’s renowned attractions will captivate our fans during tournament weekend and the electricity of championship college basketball will bring tremendous excitement to the area.”

Baltimore provides a central location for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Seven of the CAA’s 10 member schools are located within 250 miles of Baltimore and more than 370,000 alumni from CAA institutions reside within 100 miles of the city.

With its vibrant downtown waterfront community, Baltimore welcomes 22.3 million visitors annually. Baltimore is a walkable city that offers restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions and museums in close proximity of each other. There are more than 130 attractions to visit in Baltimore, including the National Aquarium which is located along the Inner Harbor.

The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has been held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. since 1990 and the arena will host the 2013 tournament on March 9-11. Total attendance at the championship has exceeded 42,000 for the past five years, including a tournament-record 47,833 fans in 2012. A recent study showed the CAA Tournament had a $5.8 million economic impact over four days.

“We appreciate the effort and resources committed by the city of Richmond, the business community and the staff at the Richmond Coliseum to promote our tournament,” Yeager said. “They have been a terrific partner for the past 23 years and together we created many magic moments for our student-athletes, alumni and basketball fans in the area. However, conference realignments have shifted our fan base and geography and the move to Baltimore repositions the conference to maximize those changes.”

1st Mariner Arena, which seats 11,800 for basketball, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1995. The venue was named the #1 arena in the United States by Billboard Magazine and Venues Today in 2009. It annually ranks among the top-five highest grossing arenas in the world for venues under 15,000 seats.

The first CAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Baltimore will be held March 7-10, 2014. Future tournament dates are March 6-9, 2015 and March 4-7, 2016. The semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship are televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network and all four quarterfinal contests are televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet and other CAA television partners.

CAA teams have combined to win 36 games in postseason play since 2006, including 13 victories in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. During that seven-year period, the CAA has had two teams reach the NCAA Final Four (George Mason – 2006, VCU – 2011), one reach the semifinals of the NIT and has had squads capture championships of the CBI and CIT. The CAA has had at least five teams reach postseason play for the past four years.

Members of the CAA for 2013-14 include the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), the University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), the University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Towson University (Towson, Md.) and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.).

Comments on the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship moving to Baltimore

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore:

“We are excited to host the CAA men’s basketball tournament in Baltimore, for three years starting in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of attendees annually. Securing this event affirms the belief that Baltimore is a great host city for a variety of major sporting events, and we anticipate bringing more of them to the city.”

Christian Johansson, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Secretary

“With their three-year commitment to hold the men’s basketball tournament in Baltimore, CAA officials acknowledge what we’ve known – that Maryland has a long and proud tradition of supporting sporting events at every level. In professional sports and in college athletics, our state boasts successful sports teams and dedicated fans. We’re pleased that the CAA has chosen our state for the men’s basketball tournament and look forward to a long and successful partnership with the CAA, Baltimore City, Visit Baltimore and 1st Mariner Arena.”

Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore:

“We are proud and honored to welcome the CAA men’s basketball tournament to Baltimore for three years starting in 2014. This will be Baltimore’s big annual basketball event and is a great example of how partnership between Visit Baltimore, the City, 1st Mariner Arena and the state of Maryland can generate economic impact for the city.”

Terry Hasseltine, Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Director

“The sports landscape in Maryland has once again achieved another outstanding milestone with the announcement that the 2014-16 CAA Men’s Basketball Championships will be coming to Baltimore. We are extremely proud of the partnerships and working relationships we have forged in the process to bring this premier collegiate sporting event to Maryland.”

Frank Remesch, General Manager SMG/1st Mariner Arena:

“As the Arena celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it seems only fitting that we announce the return of college basketball at the level of the CAA teams back to Baltimore and the Arena. We are proud to continue to bring ground breaking sports and entertainment to Baltimore; proud to continuing making history.”

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