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Men’s lacrosse opens with win; softball breaks runs record

Thomas DeNapoli

Senior attack Thomas DeNapoli scored four goals in the Tigers’ win.

DeNapoli scores four as men’s lacrosse opens season with win

The Tigers started strong, putting away High Point at home Saturday, 11-8.

Senior Thomas DeNapoli notched four points with an assist. Freshman Joe Seider claimed three goals and an assist to celebrate his 19th birthday on the field. The Tigers trailed, 5-4, at the half, but in the second, Towson scored five unanswered goals.

The Tigers next travel just down Charles Street to face Johns Hopkins Saturday. The 4 p.m. game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Men’s basketball wins in overtime

Towson came back from a halftime deficit to beat College of Charleston in overtime, 68-61. The Tigers (16-8, 7-2) maintained their second place in the CAA standings and have won nine of their past 11.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon was again a big factor in the Tigers’ win, scoring seven of his game-high 20 points in overtime. Benimon was 5-for-10 from the floor and went 10-for-17 from the free throw line. Senior Mike Burwell nailed a jumper with 20 seconds to go in regulation to knot the game at 53 and send it to overtime.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers beat James Madison, 80-71. The Tigers look to extend their four-game win streak Monday as they head to UNC-Wilmington. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball can’t overcome James Madison’s hot start

Senior guard Tanisha McTiller’s 19 points weren’t enough to overcome an early 21-0 James Madison lead en route to the Dukes’ win over the visiting Tigers, 82-40.

Towson (11-12, 5-5 CAA) shot 28.6 percent from the floor to JMU’s 40.3 percent. Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen added 11 points. The Tigers were back 47-11 at the half and started the second  half strong, but never caught up.

Earlier in the week, the Tigers edged Hofstra at home, 65-63. They return to SECU Arena Thursday to face Drexel. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Softball splits Upstate USC Classic

The Tigers broke a 2009 record for runs in a single game with an 18-6 victory over North Carolina Central but fell 7-1 in the final game against hosts USC Upstate to split the USC Upstate Classic.

Junior Missy McCormick accounted for six RBI in the North Carolina Central game, including a three-run homer. USC Upstate pitcher Lexi Schubert, however, held the offense to just four hits and one run (off a Maureen Hepner solo home run) in the tournament’s final game.The Tigers next travel Friday to the three-day Kickin’ Chicken Classic at Coastal Carolina. The tournament begins with a 4:30 p.m. game against Coastal Carolina, followed by a 6:30 p.m. game against La Salle.