Women's track and field wins first CAA title, while men’s lacrosse takes third straight championship
Towson University athletics is adding two new pieces of hardware to the Towson Center trophy cases. This weekend, TU women's track and field and men's lacrosse teams each won Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference championships.
The outdoor track and field program captured its first CAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship title on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers recorded 163.5 points to earn the first-place finish, followed by Elon (158) and James Madison (140).
Held at the University of Delaware, Towson University won 13 medals during the two-day event, which featured all eight conference teams.
Zhane Washington won bronze in the triple jump. Zanae Freeland—along with Jaina McLean, Jamila Brown and Liz Reid—won silver in the 4x100m relay. She also won the 100m dash for a second-straight year and won the 200m dash (first to do so in program history).
Megan Kelly took home two medals and became the second Tiger in program history to win the 400m hurdles title. She also won the bronze medal in the 400m event.
Skyler Duncan became the second Tiger in program history to win gold in javelin throw. For a second-straight year, the Tigers won two medals in pole vault. Brynn Warrington became the second Tiger to win the event while Courtney Rose took bronze. Allison Marella won bronze in the 10,000-meter run to round out the Tiger day one medals.
Next, qualified Tigers will compete at the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 12-14 in Princeton, New Jersey.
For just the second time in CAA men's lacrosse history, a program has won three-straight conference tournaments. And both of those honors belong to the Towson University men's lacrosse team.
The top-seeded Tigers defeated No. 4 seed UMass, 9-4, on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium® as the Tigers punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season and the 14th time as a Division I program.
The Tigers got their 10th win of the season with the victory, earning double-digit wins for a third-straight season and the fourth time in head coach Shawn Nadelen's tenure. It is the first time in TU's Division I history that the Tigers have won double-digit games in three-straight seasons.
Four Tigers were named to the CAA's All-Tournament Team: midfielder Mike Lynch, close defenseman Chad Patterson, midfielder and faceoff specialist Alex Woodall and goalkeeper Matt Hoy, who was also tapped as the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He became the second Tiger goalie to earn the honor.
The Tigers will be on the road for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, traveling to No. 7 seed Penn State on Saturday, with a noon start time.
The TU women’s lacrosse team suffered heartbreak on Friday, losing its CAA semifinal game 10-9 in overtime to No. 2 seed Elon.
But the Tigers learned Sunday night that their season will continue, as Towson qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. This is the second-straight season that the Tigers will compete in the tournament.
TU will play Big South champion High Point University this Friday at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse complex. The opening draw is set for at 4 p.m.
This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel's priorities for Towson University: Strategic Plan Alignment.