The Towson University women’s golf team captured its first outright title of the 2014 fall season, winning the Chesapeake Bay Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club in a playoff.
After finishing the regulation 54 holes, Towson found itself tied with Penn with an overall score of 922, which is a school record low for the Tigers. Each team sent five players out to play a one-hole sudden death playoff, with the Tigers edging the Quakers by two strokes.
Junior Krissy Unger finished second individually, finishing with a 222, just three strokes off the leader. Freshman Mackenzie Rice and juniors Emma Hjarne and Larissa Spiess posted top 20 finishes for Towson.
“It was truly a team effort this weekend,” Towson coach Kate Schanuel told towsontigers.com. “We had gumption and heart from the beginning of the tournament through the playoff. Krissy’s second-place finish, in addition to three top 20’s from Mackenize, Emma and Larissa, shows our depth, which we have worked hard to achieve.”
Towson returns to action on Oct. 6 at the St. John’s Invitational at The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Greenburgh, N.Y.
Volleyball wins Tiger Invitational
Towson Volleyball continued its incredible start to the season, recording a three-game sweep in the Tiger Invitational hosted at SECU Arena. With three impressive wins over the weekend, the Tigers improved to 13-1 on the season.
Towson started the weekend defeating Kent State 3-1 on Friday afternoon, as the three Tigers posted double-digit kills in the win. Junior Haley Pa’akaula had career high 19 kills. Senior Saitaua Iosia added 14 kills while fellow senior Victoria Williams finished with 10.
On Friday evening, Towson picked up a hard-earned 3-0 win over a talented North Dakota State team. Williams had a match-high 11 kills, while junior Aimee Schubert added a “double-double” of 14 assists and 11 digs.
The Tigers finished the sweep on Saturday by defeating St. John’s 3-1, picking up a season-high 15 blocks along the way.
Pa’akaula was named tournament MVP and CAA Offensive Player of the Week with her performance this past weekend. She tallied 47 kills, 31 digs, eight blocks, seven assists and six service aces in four wins. She is the second Tiger to win CAA Offensive Player of the Week this season after Iosia won it two weeks ago.
West scores in loss, Bushrod prepped for primetime
Towson’s all-time leading rusher Terrance West continued his stellar rookie campaign, rushing for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. West gained just 36 yards, but he leads all rookie running backs with a total of 204 yards. His Browns’ teammate Isaiah Crowell is second with 141.
Former Tiger and current Chicago Bears’ left tackle Jermon Bushrod will play on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets. Bushrod will be making his 73rd straight start for the New Orleans Saints and Bears combined.
Other Athletics News
- Women’s soccer was on the road Friday, battling to a 0-0, two overtime draw against Villanova. The Tigers are now 3-4-2 on the season and will host James Madison this Friday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Tiger Soccer Complex. Senior goaltender Erin Quinn made nine saves at Villanova to earn her fourth shutout this season.
- Field Hockey suffered a 2-1 defeat against Rider in the Tigers’ first home game of the season. The Tigers will be back in action this Friday, Sept. 26 at Longwood University.