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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
Nov. 18, 2012 will not be remembered fondly by Rob Ambrose. That was the day the Towson football coach's worst fears were confirmed when the NCAA selection committee did not invite the program to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs despite the Tigers finishing with a 7-4 record and a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title. "Professionally, it was the worst day of my life," Ambrose recalled. "I know I didn't handle it well. I was an emotional disaster. We dumped our hearts and souls to give these kids the best opportunity to win the national championship.
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Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
There's no escaping that Saturday's 62-7 loss to Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison was Towson's worst in program history. But the 55-point margin of defeat was the last thing on coach Rob Ambrose's mind when he spoke Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the league. “I'm sure there's a little bit or a concern, but we've got bigger issues than what the score of the game was,” he said. “We need to overcome our injury level and overcome our youth and a little bit of finishing the game.
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By Edward Lee | April 30, 2012
Towson achieved its preseason objective of qualifying for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. But the Tigers didn't do it with the kind of flourish they might have been hoping for. Towson (7-7 overall and 2-4 in the CAA) is in the midst of a four-game losing streak - capped by Saturday's 6-3 loss to conference foe St. Joseph's, a program that had yet to beat a league opponent. That all changed Saturday as the Hawks shut out the Tigers in the second and third quarters.
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October 3, 2014
STONY BROOK (1-4, 0-1) @ TOWSON (2-3, 0-1) When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson TV: Comcast SportsNet Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com Series: Towson leads, 1-0 What's at stake: The Tigers' 27-24 loss to Maine snapped a two-game winning streak and three consecutive victories in Colonial Athletic Association openers. Towson is under .500 in the conference for the first time since 2010 as the Seawolves visit.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Towson football team has scored 46 of 51 touchdowns via its offense and special teams, which means that those units are averaging a healthy 5.1 touchdowns this fall. That also means that the defense has scored five touchdowns. The Tigers (8-1 overall and 4-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) demonstrated their proficiency for converting turnovers into touchdowns in last Saturday's 48-32 victory over Richmond. Sophomore free safety Christian Carpenter returned an interception 34 yards for a score in the second quarter.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Emily Banes at first laughed at the question. Then she owned up to it. She is stubborn. It is an adjective that usually carries some baggage, but for the senior forward on the Towson women's soccer team, it is a recipe for success. Banes' stubbornness has contributed to why she has already surpassed her career high with 28 points, which is tied for sixth in Division I. It has helped her score a career-best 11 goals, which is tied for 14th in the country. And it has allowed her to post a career-high six assists, which is the most by a Tigers player since 2011.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Saturday's 31-20 victory over visiting North Carolina Central lifted Towson to a 2-2 record, marking their first time at .500 since the beginning of the season. The win also injected some much-needed confidence into the team, coach Rob Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association. “These are college students with college-student problems and injuries,” he said. “Everybody's got problems. So it's about managing them as best we can and moving forward.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The last time the Towson men's basketball team strung together five consecutive wins was the 2000-01 campaign when the Tigers eventually finished 12-17 overall and 7-11 in America East. This year's team is hoping for a different ending after racking up five straight victories, including triumphs over Colonial Athletic Association rivals UNC Wilmington, Drexel and the College of Charleston. Coach Pat Skerry said he fully recognizes the difficulty of collecting wins in the league. “It's just the most competitive conference in the country when it comes to the percentage of close games,” he said Tuesday morning during a conference call arranged by the CAA. “The players are aware of that, and we've told them that.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
The Towson football team's bid for a third straight Colonial Athletic Association title fell short, but enduring that conference has the team feeling confident about its chances in the Football Championship Subdivision tournament. The Tigers compiled a 10-2 overall record and a 6-2 league mark, and although they ended up trailing Maine (10-2, 7-1), they were awarded the No. 7 seed by the NCAA selection committee. They will play host to Fordham (12-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
It is still early, but the Towson women's soccer team is positioning itself for its first appearance in a conference tournament since 2001. With a 2-2 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Tigers (7-6-1 overall) currently sit in fifth place in the league. The top six teams qualify for the conference tournament. The program has never qualified for the CAA tournament since joining the league for the 2002 campaign. The school played in six America East and Big South tournaments between 1992 and 2001, but reaching the CAA tournament would be a significant accomplishment.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With Towson featuring nine new starters on offense and five on defense, many expected this year's team to be a much different group from last season's squad that advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game. That difference is especially stark when considering how the 2014 Tigers have struggled to finish off opponents. While last year's team won 11 of 12 games in which it had the lead or the score was tied after three quarters, the current squad has lost two of three games in which it had the advantage or the score was tied heading into the final period.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
No lead is safe for the Towson football team. For the second time this season, the Tigers could not prevent an opponent from scoring in the final minute of regulation. On Saturday night, Maine drove 72 yards in 12 plays and 1 minute, 47 seconds to escape Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson with a 27-24 win. An announced crowd of of 6,031 could only watch as the Black Bears - who snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Colonial Athletic Assocation - converted three fourth downs, including a 37-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Dan Collins to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Dunn with 52 seconds remaining in regulation.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
When Towson welcomes Maine to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday night for the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both sides, the matchup will pit two of the three teams in last year's race for the conference title. But both programs are shades of what they were in 2013. The Tigers (2-2), who advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game, absorbed a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State in their season opener and recently won back-to-back games ito climb back to .500.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Saturday's 31-20 victory over visiting North Carolina Central lifted Towson to a 2-2 record, marking their first time at .500 since the beginning of the season. The win also injected some much-needed confidence into the team, coach Rob Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association. “These are college students with college-student problems and injuries,” he said. “Everybody's got problems. So it's about managing them as best we can and moving forward.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Saturday's 21-7 victory over Delaware State alleviated some of the pressure on a Towson football program that had begun the season 0-2. But coach Rob Ambrose used a difference adjective to describe the post-game mood. “Maybe for some of us [it was pressure], but more excitement, especially for some of these younger guys who haven't had the taste of winning ball games that are in their hands,” he said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call arranged by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Big Ten announced Monday morning that Penn State junior cornerback Trevor Williams, a Calvert Hall graduate, is the conference's Defensive Player of the Week.   Williams, of Baltimore, intercepted two passes in the Nittany Lions' 13-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night, becoming the first Penn State player to have multiple interceptions in a game since 2010. He also made five tackles. Williams is one of three former Calvert Hall players in Penn State's secondary. Senior Adrian Amos is the Nittany Lions' starting strong safety and has been an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection the last two seasons.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
In the midst of a two-game losing skid, and with his Towson women's soccer team on the outside looking in, coach Greg Paynter would not be faulted if he was anxious about the program's hopes of qualifying for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. But after playing nine of their first 16 games on the road, the Tigers (7-8-1, 2-4 CAA) will conclude their season with three games at home. More importantly, Paynter said he senses a group of players brimming with confidence. “I think we've been battle-tested this season,” he said Tuesday afternoon.
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By Special to The Sun | February 14, 1991
RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Richmond (16-8, 8-3), down a point at halftime, shot 77 percent from the field in a 62-point second half to beat Navy (6-18, 2-10), 91-72, in a Colonial Athletic Association game last night.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Towson's 54-0 loss to West Virginia on Saturday night may have been stunning to Tigers fans, but it brought on a different feeling from coach Rob Ambrose. Ambrose, who had not been shut out since Nov. 6, 2010 when Delaware beat Towson, 48-0, was critical of his team's effort against the Mountaineers, saying, “We cleared up some of the fog of the fakers. We found out the guys who talk the talk that don't walk the walk. They won't see the field. We will play the guys that love football and love each other.” During his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association, Ambrose elaborated on that comment.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
One day after a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams, the Towson football team met in what coach Rob Ambrose described as a “somber” mood. Taking it a step further, Ambrose compared the team's reaction to the sudden shock of a bucket of ice water. “The bucket of water got dumped on their head, and they didn't like it too much,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
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