Burwell big in Tigers’ win at William & Mary
Senior Mike Burwell notched a career-high 23 points Saturday as the Tigers beat hosts William & Mary, 85-70.
Burwell put up 15 the first half. Jerrelle Benimon posted 21 points on the way to his NCAA-leading 17th double-double in the win and also scored his 1000th point as a Tiger, joining a club that includes teammate Marcus Damas and 23 other Towson players.
Earlier in the week, the Towson men fell at UNC Wilmington, 66-53. The Tigers come home to SECU Arena Monday to face CAA-leading Delaware. The 7 p.m. game is set to air nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Baseball season opens with two consecutive wins
The Tigers baseball team started the 2014 season on the right foot this weekend, winning two games in the Wake Forest University Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Tigers defeated hosts Wake Forest on Saturday, 5-4, and beat Marshall in the second round on Sunday, 8-3.
In Sunday’s game, junior pitcher Nick Cloffi allowed just five hits in five innings.
At deadline, Towson was wrapping up the tournament against Georgetown.
Injuries critical as Towson places third in gymnastics meet
With only five athletes able to compete, Towson fell short in Saturday’s Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson University Invitational at SECU Arena, placing third with a score of 189.375, behind Temple and Cornell but ahead of Ursinus. This was the first time since 2002 that the Tigers did not win the invitational.
Junior Samantha Lutz placed second in the all-around competition. Her effort included fourth place finishes in bars, beam and floor competition.
Softball splits tournament; McCormick hits grand slam
Towson’s softball team split the four games of the Kickin’ Chicken Classic over the weekend in Conway, S.C. The Tigers topped Virginia, 7-2, in the tournament’s final game Sunday with help from a Missy McCormick grand slam. McCormick’s third home run followed a Hailey Balk RBI single and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Maureen Hepner.
The Tigers next travel Saturday to the Longwood Spring Classic, where they face Longwood at 11 a.m.
Two double-doubles not enough for women’s basketball in loss
Delaware led by nine points at halftime and never looked back as the Tigers women’s basketball team lost on the road, 52-43.
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller and junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen each posted double-doubles in the losing effort. The Tigers out-rebounded the Blue Hens, 23-22.
Earlier in the week, the Tigers fell at home to Drexel, 60-43. The Towson women return to action Thursday, hosting host William & Mary for a 7 p.m. game at SECU Arena.
Men’s lacrosse falls to Hopkins
Junior Greg Cuccinello’s hat trick wasn’t enough to overcome No. 11 Johns Hopkins, as the Tigers (1-1) fell to the local rivals, 15-8, at Homewood Field.
Hopkins was leading by just one goal at the half, and Towson tied the game, 6-6, off a goal from Senior Max Siskind. But Hopkins went on a six-goal run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Tigers face another local rival on Feb. 19 when they travel to No. 12 Loyola. The 3 p.m. game will air on the Patriot League Network.
Women’s Ice Hockey club team takes championship in first-ever season
Towson’s first-ever women’s club ice hockey team triumphed 11-3 over Slippery Rock Monday afternoon at the Centre Ice Rink in Delaware, bringing home the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference Division I championship.
The win came with four unanswered goals in the second period, follwed by five more in the third. Junior Brooke Edwards netted four, followed by juniors Kaila Frazier and Brynja Bogan with two. Sophomore Beth Kennedy, senior Monique Burgers and junior Nichole Melchione each chipped in a score.
Sophomore Lauren Wood recorded 30 saves in goal.
“This is an amazing group of young women,” said head coach Bill Wood. “We only had nine skaters and a goalie, and they played their hearts out every single minute of the game. Towson University can be very proud of the effort, character and determination of these outstanding student-athletes.”