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Women’s golf captures Delaware State Spring Invitational, Emma Hjarne sets new school record

Sophomore Emma Hjarne set a Towson University record by shooting a 71 in the final round of the 2014 Delaware State Spring Invitational on Sunday, as the Tigers won the five-team tournament with a 36-hole total of 651.

Behind Hjarne’s record-setting two-under-par, the Tigers finished 31 strokes ahead of second-place Hartford (682). Quinnipiac (688), Delaware State (723) and Fairfield (729) rounded out the team scoring.

Emma Hjarne

Emma Hjarne

Hjarne won the individual title as her 153 two-day total was nine strokes better than teammate Krissy Unger (162). The sophomore’s 71 at Maple Dale Country Club bested the field of 31 players and placed her one stroke ahead of former Tiger Airielle Dawson and current teammate Larissa Spiess, who have each carded 72’s.

Hjarne’s first-place finish is the fourth individual title in Towson women’s golf history, and the team win is the seventh tournament crown earned by the Tigers since the program started in 2007.

“The weather was much better today and the course was set up well,” said Towson head coach Kate Schanuel. “Emma shooting two-under and having five birdies today was huge for us. She played very confidently and getting the school record as a sophomore is a huge step in the right direction for her as she continues her career at Towson. For this sophomore class to win a tournament at this young of age is great experience. It’s a great feeling for them and they deserve it.”

Towson returns to action April 14-15 at the Red Flash Spring Invitational at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Loretto, Pa. It will be the Tigers’ final tune-up before the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championships.

Men’s lacrosse upsets UMass to gain key CAA road victory

Sophomore Tyler White made 16 saves, saving the best one with 10 seconds left in the game, as Towson men’s lacrosse defeated 11th ranked UMass, 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

“It was the game we expected,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We knew it would be tough, and both goalies played very well. Any time you play UMass, it’s a street fight. Tyler White came up huge for us. It’s a great win for us.”

It was Towson’s 30th program victory over a ranked team on the road and the first since the 2013 CAA champioship. The Tigers are now 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the CAA, and will kick off a three-game homestand with Penn State this Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium.

Women’s lacrosse drops heartbreaker at Drexel

Drexel scored with 27 seconds left in regulation time to lift the Dragons to a 9-8 victory over Towson women’s lacrosse in Philadelphia Sunday. Redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond led the Tigers with four points as TU had a two-game win streak snapped.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly made four saves in the loss for the Tigers, who are now 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the CAA. Raymond finished with two goals and two assists, while freshman Gabby Cha had two goals and an assist. Freshman Colby Unkle also added two goals.

The Tigers return home to host William & Mary this Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Baseball swept by College of Charleston

Towson’s baseball team could not overcome the College of Charleston, as the Cougars swept the three-game CAA series with an 8-6 win in the series finale on Sunday.

Led by senior Pat Fitzgerald, the Tigers outhit Charleston on Sunday, 15-13, a season high for Towson. Fitzgerald went four-for-five with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Kurt Wertz added three hits while Zach Fisher, Brandon Gonnella and Brendan Butler had two hits each.

For the defending CAA champion Tigers, it marked the first time since 2010 that they were swept in a three-game CAA series at home. Towson is now 14-12 overall and 0-3 in the CAA, and will return to action on Tuesday, April 8, when they visit Delaware State.

Softball swept by James Madison

Towson senior Maureen Hepner hit her seventh home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough as James Madison came away with a 10-2 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

In the first inning, Hepner tied teammate Missy McCormick for the CAA home run lead with her seventh round tripper of the year, giving the Tigers an early 2-0 advantage. But JMU scored 10 unanswered runs to come away with the victory.

Towson is now 17-15 overall and 0-3 in the CAA, and will return home to the Tiger Softball Complex Wednesday, April 9, for a doubleheader against Temple starting at 3 p.m.

Tauber, Simmons lead women’s outdoor track & field at Liberty Invitational

Towson junior Elisabeth Tauber won the 5,000-meter run in 17:44.25 to highlight a strong showing by the Tigers at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. Tauber and teammate Ashley Simmons led the field in the event, as Simmons placed second in 18:00.63 to give the Tigers an overall outstanding result.

Maggie Rampolla continued her recent hot streak by winning the pole vault event at 11′ 11.75″. In the 1,500-meter run, junior Kara Bucaro placed third with a time of 4:44.95. 

Towson next travels to the University of Delaware for a meet this Saturday, April 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m.