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Tigers burst out for 13 goals

By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

After getting past Monmouth last week in a 4-3, grind-it-out game, Towson burst out for 13 goals in a win over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Senior attacker Andi Raymond scored four second-half goals, the first four of the season, to hold off a late Hoyas rally and secure the 13-10 win. She also had two assists in the breakout victory. Continue reading

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Baseball continues winless season with loss to Bryant

By: Tyler Young, Staff Writer

The Tigers (0-8) fell to the Bryant Bulldogs (1-6) by a score of 16-4 Sunday night at the Harford Sports Complex in Bel Air, Maryland.

Bryant’s offense was consistent throughout the game, scoring runs in six of the nine innings. Centerfielder Matt Albanese hit for the cycle and, as a team, Bryant connected for 17 hits including four doubles, a triple and two home runs. Continue reading

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Towson falls, 74-69, to Elon at CAA tournament

By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

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Towson found itself in an all too familiar spot Friday night at Royal Farms Arena. Having played in 15 games decided by five points or less this season coming into the game, many expected the same outcome as the No. 9 Tigers took on the No. 8 seed Elon Phoenix in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.

In a game that featured 10 lead changes and no lead larger than six points, Towson (12-20) fell to Elon (15-17) in overtime, 74-69, to end its season.

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Tigers prep for CAA tourney opener against Elon

By: Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief

Last season, the Tigers were largely considered one of the favorites to win the Colonial Athletic Association basketball tournament, with a chance to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Towson was the No. 2 seed, and was eventually defeated by No. 3 William & Mary after winning its first-round game against James Madison.

2015 is a whole new story for Towson, who enters this weekend’s CAA tournament as the No. 9 seed, second-to-last in the conference.

Unlike last year, Head Coach Pat Skerry’s team will not have a bye in the first round, and they will take on the Elon Phoenix at 6 p.m. Friday, the first game of the tournament.

The Tigers have already beaten Elon twice this season, but by a combined six points between the two games.

Junior forward Timajh Parker-Rivera said the fact that the two teams have already faced off will make the game extra challenging.

“It’s tough to beat a team three times,” he said. “We beat them on a buzzer-beater when we beat them [at] home. They’re going to be ready, we’ll be ready. It’s going to be a good game.”

Towson comes in having lost four games in a row, but three of those losses were by five points or fewer.

The Tigers have scored 70 points in a game once since Jan. 31, and have scored 50 and 60 points, respectively, in their past two games.

Now that the team is farther back in the seeding, many would say that Towson is an underdog in the tournament and doesn’t have as much pressure to win as last season. However, Skerry said the team last year was similar because it was the group’s first chance to play in the CAA tournament after they were suspended from postseason play for a year due to test scores.

“The goal is to win it, but Friday is all that matters. If we can get past Friday, there won’t be any pressure and we’ll have a lot of momentum, but Friday night will be a tough game. We’re trying to put, preparation wise, everything into getting past into Elon,” Skerry said.

If Towson wants to win Friday and advance to a game against No. 1 seed William & Mary on Saturday, it will have to get its offense going again.

It finished the regular season 271st in the country in scoring offense, scoring 63.4 points per game, while Elon is 280th in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score 70.6 points.

Junior guard Four McGlynn said the team has learned from its mistakes over the season, and he believes the team has a chance to win the tournament.

“We have a pretty young team, and some of these losses were tough. But it’s helped us grow as a team, and some of the mistakes that we’ve made we can hopefully change going into the weekend,” he said.

For the second year in a row, the tournament is being held in Baltimore at Royal Farms Arena, so Towson has somewhat of a home-court advantage.

“We had great turnouts last year,” Skerry said. “I think it’s a wide open race, there’s no prohibitive favorites. It’s my true definition of what March Madness is.”

Krissy Unger shoots school record 70 at Kiawah Classic

 By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor

This offseason, Towson welcomed a new indoor facility that allowed both the men and women to practice despite the conditions in the winter. The aim was to make sure both teams were ready for the beginning of the spring season.

“It really helps with keeping your feel and especially working with your mechanics over winter break, so when you get back it gives you a better opportunity to score,” sophomore Mackenzie Rice said last month of the new facility. Continue reading

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Conquering Mount St. Mary’s

By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer

Towson won its second straight road game, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 7-4, Friday afternoon.

Sophomore attacker Joe Seider led the Tigers (3-1) with three goals, giving him 10 goals this season.

“I think our shots started falling a little more in the second half,” Seider said. “The goalie definitely played very well but we also helped him out by shooting at his body and not across his body. I don’t think I was doing anything special; the offense just played our game and I got a couple opportunities and tried to bury them.”

Seider has three multi-score games this season and leads the team in points and goals.

Towson had 44 shots against Mount St. Mary’s (1-2), but goalie Matt Vierheller came away with 17 saves.

“The offense was working against what their defense was trying to do,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We had some great looks and only a handful of bad ones. Their goalie did a real good job though.”

Mount St. Mary’s opened the game with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Seider tied the game up 10 minutes later and the teams were tied at 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams managed to score one goal each before halftime and went into the half tied at 2-2. The Tigers had their opportunities though, with 19 shots in the first half.

Towson pulled away at the end of the third quarter, when redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson scored with two seconds left and put the team ahead by two goals at 5-3.

“The game plan was for us to be aggressive and we were able to set up for the shots that we wanted,” Hodgson said. “It’s tough when you go up against a hot goalie, but all in all, we got the job done.”

Sophomore attackman Ryan Drenner gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead with a goal in the fourth quarter, which helped put the game away.
Towson outshot Mount St. Mary’s 25-9 in the second half.

Sophomore midfielder Alec Burckley won 10-of-15 face-offs in the game, which drew praise from Nadelen.

“I could see Alec hadn’t been happy with his previous performances and needed to revamp himself in practice,” Nadelen said. “I was real happy for him.”

The Tigers have two games left on their road trip. Hodgson, though, said the transition is not a hard one for this team.

“We get ready the same, prepare the same way and come out with a business-like mentality,” he said. “When the whistle blows, it’s a battle no matter where you have to play at.”

Towson’s next game is against Navy (2-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We have to come out and play from the start,” Nadelen said. “Navy is a very talented team that’s going to be looking for a win. They’re a well-conditioned team.”