While football camp garners a lot of headlines this time of year, August marks the start of the fall preseason for four Towson University women’s teams: cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Cross country begins its 2015 season on Sept. 4 at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals starting at 1 p.m. First-year head coach Mike Jackson will lead the Tigers. He spent the last 11 years at Ramapo College (N.J.). A two-time United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year, Jackson is seven-time New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year (twice for cross country and five times for track and field).
The field hockey team opens the 2015 campaign on August 28 with a neutral site battle against St. Joseph’s. The Tigers and Hawks will play at Geasey Field on Temple’s campus. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Kvilhaug was selected as a honorable mention to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Field Hockey Preseason Team, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Women’s soccer is coming off a season in which the squad made the program’s first appearance in the CAA Tournament. Senior defensive back Vasthy Delgado earned a place on the All-CAA preseason team. She was named third team All-CAA after starting all 19 contests last season and anchoring a defense that allowed just over one goal per game and posted eight shutouts. The Tigers open 2015 at Bucknell on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.
Towson’s volleyball team begins its fall campaign by hosting the Towson Invitational from Aug. 28-30. The Tigers welcome Tennessee, Manhattan, St. Francis (Pa.), Delaware State and Coppin State to SECU Arena. The squad finished last year with a record of 27-5 after a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to James Madison in the CAA Tournament.
A complete schedule of all the Towson athletics action