Senior Day made sweeter with comeback, school record
A Mike Burwell jumper with 1.3 seconds to go sealed a come-from-behind men’s basketball victory Saturday over William & Mary, 70-68. The regular season finale win, the Tigers’ 22nd, broke the school record at Division I, set by the 21-9 squad of the 1993-94 season.
Towson came back from as much as a 15-point gap and trailed, 43-34, with 15:37 left in the game before rallying for the lead. All four Tigers seniors—Burwell, Rafriel Guthrie, Marcus Damas and Jerrelle Benimon—scored double digits, with Benimon notching 21 points and 16 rebounds in his final SECU Arena game.
With Delaware’s win over the College of Charleston, second-seeded Towson will face No. 7 James Madison in the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena. Tournament games will continue Saturday and Sunday, with the championship on Monday. Tickets are still available for the entire tournament and each of the championship’s five sessions. All quarterfinals games will air on Comcast SportsNet; the semifinals and championship will air on NBC Sports Network.
Women’s swimming and diving repeats for CAA crown
The Tigers Saturday took home their sixth conference title in seven years, and their second in a row. The Tigers’ 858-point performance at the University of Maryland was more than 200 ahead of runners-up James Madison and third place finishers William & Mary.
Senior Kaitlin Burke won her third individual title with top performances in the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyles. Sophomore Jenna Van Camp set a school record with a 2:11.78 time in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Stellar defense propels men’s lacrosse over Mount St. Mary’s
Towson’s men’s lacrosse team allowed its fewest goals ever in its Saturday victory at home against Mount St. Mary’s, 9-1.
Sophomore Tyler White had 10 stops in goal for the Tigers, who shut out the Mount until the fourth quarter, while freshman Joe Seider and senior Max Siskind led the Towson scoring with two goals apiece.
The last time the Tigers gave up just one goal was in a 1974 victory over the University of Baltimore.
Towson travels Friday to face Marist at 7 p.m.
McTiller pushes Tigers over College of Charleston
Senior guard Tanisha McTiller scored a game-high 26 points to propel the Tigers to a Senior Day victory over College of Charleston, 75-63.
Towson never trailed after a tie with 16:55 left in the first half and shot 44 percent from the field to Charleston’s 32 percent for the game. Junior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen added 25 points to the win and recorded her team-leading 10th double-double of the year.
The team wraps its season on the road Wednesday, with a 7 p.m. tip-off at Drexel.
Baseball takes two in Campbell Tournament
Baseball beat West Point and Albany before falling to host Campbell, 5-4, in the closing game of the Campbell Classic on Sunday.
The Tigers led 2-0 headed into the bottom of the 4th off RBI base hits from Hunter Bennett and Chris Henze, when Campbell rallied to score all of their runs on five hits in the fourth and fifth innings.
Towson scored twice in the sixth and loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Campbell’s scoring.
No. 2 Syracuse pulls away late against Tigers
The Tigers women’s lacrosse team was silenced in the last 15 minutes of Sunday’s match against Syracuse, which Towson lost, 12-7. Syracuse scored five times in the final 11 minutes.
Junior midfielder Paige Duncan, junior attacker Andi Raymond and senior attacker Alyssa Ferro each scored two goals in the losing effort. Raymond’s second score was the Tigers’ last for the afternoon.
The now 11th-ranked Tigers next travel down Charles Street to No. 17 Johns Hopkins Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match.
Men’s swimming and diving break school records at CAA championship
In the conference swimming and diving championship at the University of Maryland, the Tigers landed behind UNC Wilmington and William & Mary but still placed third, good for their best-ever finish in the event.
Three school records fell during the meet—and one of them was broken twice. Junior Jon Burr broke Ramon Ferrer’s 1983 record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:33.56. In a later heat, teammate Matt Lowe broke Burr’s just-set record with 15:22.20, which also made Lowe the event’s champion.
Matt McKenney broke a 2003 record set by John Miller with 1:46.14 in the 200-yard butterfly, which also won the event. In the one-meter dive, senior Alex Cohen scored 377.45, also good for a school record.
Women’s tennis drops meet to Navy
It was a rough Sunday for the Tigers on the tennis court as they dropped a meet at Navy, 6-1, for their second loss of the season. Towson’s lone point was courtesy of freshman Sophia Lesage. Lesage defeated Navy’s Noelle Kaufmann (6-7, 7-5, 10-4) for her team-best ninth singles win. In doubles, Nani Lizana and Ayana Dow also defeated Kaufman and Mikaela Carlsom, but Navy won the other two doubles bouts in straight sets for the point.
The Tigers also picked up a win over the Mids at the No.1 doubles spot, as Nani Lizana and Ayana Dow defeated Kaufmann and Mikaela Carlson, 8-6. Dow and Lizana are a perfect 3-0 as doubles partners this season.
For their next match, the Tigers traveled to Howard Tuesday. Results were not yet available.