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Distance runner, pole vaulter qualify for conference championships

Towson University freshman Zanae Freeland won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the Tigers had two competitors qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, highlighting a successful TU showing despite rainy conditions at the 2014 Towson Invitational this past Saturday at Unitas Stadium.

Freeland and a plethora of other Tigers had strong showings, encouraging Towson head coach Roger Erricker.

“We had some excellent performances, considering the weather,” Erricker said. “We had a very good all-around day. Our girls had smiles on their faces. It was good for us.”

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Elisabeth Tauber will represent Towson at the 10,000-meter conference championship meet.

Junior distance runner Elisabeth Tauber qualified for the ECAC meet in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:05.15, which was less than a second off of her own school record. Sophomore pole vaulter Maggie Rampolla was the other ECAC qualifier for the Tigers, as she broke her own school record with a 12′ 1.50″ mark.

Freeland had an exceptional day in the sprints, timing 12.56 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 25.70 in the 200-meter dash to win both events.

Next weekend the women’s outdoor track and field team travels to Lynchburg, Va., to compete in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational.

Women’s laxers defeat Delaware in overtime

Trailing 9-7 with 1:51 to play in regulation, the women’s lacrosse team rallied for a 12-10 overtime victory over the University of Delaware on Sunday afternoon at soggy Unitas Stadium. Freshman Kelly McQuilkin scored her first career goal with 5.9 seconds to play to send the contest into overtime in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener.

“I thought we played a nice first half, but our team didn’t come out of the locker room in the second half,” said Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica. “We got flat and Delaware is a team that will fight to the very finish. If you play flat against them you might end up in overtime and we were fortunate to have that thanks to our freshman McQuilkin. I thought we played more like Tiger lacrosse in the overtime.”

Junior Andi Raymond led Towson with four goals, while classmate Taylor Moore finished with three for her second straight “hat trick.” Senior Ashleigh Rohrback contributed two goals and an assist, while sophomore Alyssa Ferro and freshman Gabby Cha each had a goal and an assist for the Tigers.

Junior goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly made nine saves, including one in overtime, to earn the win.

Towson is now 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the CAA. The Tigers are back in action this Friday, April 4, when they travel to Hofstra for a 7 p.m. game.

Men’s lacrosse falls at Hofstra

Despite four goals from freshman Joe Seider, men’s lacrosse had its six-game win streak snapped with a 9-7 loss at Hofstra Saturday evening. It was a tightly contested matchup until Hofstra was able to hold the Tigers scoreless for nearly 17 minutes during the third and fourth quarters. Towson was able to get to within one goal, 8-7, when senior Max Siskind scored from close range at 7:08 in the fourth quarter, but Hofstra scored later in the period to seal the win.

In addition to Seider’s four goals, senior Thomas DeNapoli added three points (one goal and two assists).

The Tigers, now 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAA, travel to #14 ranked UMass this Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m.

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