TOWSON, Md. – Towson University’s Department of Athletics has released the latest installment of its 2011-12 Points of Pride. The Points of Pride have been designed to highlight and represent the best of Tiger Athletics and will be updated on a monthly basis.
2011-12 Points of Pride
• Junior catcher Andrew Parker was named CAA Player of the Week for the week ending Apr. 8 after batting .533 in four games, including hitting three home runs and driving in six runs in a series against Old Dominion.
• Michael Trionfo was honored as CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks on Mar. 26 and Apr. 2.
• First baseman Brendan Butler was named CAA Rookie of the Week after helping the Tigers to their first ever sweep of George Mason. In two games, he batted .667 with a triple, home run, four runs batted in and five runs scored.
• Football players Romale Tucker and Brian Boateng have been mentoring Baltimore inner-city youth on a weekly basis as part of the U.S. Dream Academy after school program.
• Members of the men's basketball, football and men's soccer teams along with the coaching staffs from men's basketball, football, men's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball and facilities staff participated in the "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event on campus. The event encouraged men to walk a mile in a pair of women's shoes to put an end to rape and violence against women.
• The men's soccer team hosted its second "Kids Helping Kids" Soccer Clinic Apr. 9 to raise money for those in need. The clinic featured the entire team and coaching staff providing tips and skill improvement drills for kids from ages 6-14.
• Thirteen Tigers were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Division-I National Academic Squad.
• The group was led by five seniors who had earned the honor during all four years of their collegiate careers, including Robin Fencel, Sam McElvaney, Jamie Salvador, Kim Schnell and Alicia Vincenty.
• Senior Kacy Catanzaro was named as the ECAC Gymnast of the Year after winning the conference's Gymnast of the Week award five times during the regular season. Catanzaro won the all-around competition in six meets, set a Towson school record by winning six beam competitions in a single season, and set an ECAC record with a 9.975 score in vault during the championship meet.
• Catanzaro and classmates Lindsay Poplaski and Avis Hixon were selected to compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnastics meet.
• Catanzaro becomes the fifth Tiger gymnast to be named ECAC Gymnast of the year, joining Decelia Willacy, Christina Ghani, Wendy Weaver and Gabby Linarducci.
• Towson Head Coach Vicki Chliszczyk was named ECAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Tiger gymnastics coach to be given the award in consecutive seasons. In her two years as coach of the school, she has compiled an overall record of 38-6.
• A gift in the form of $90,000 was presented to the Tigers by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and was facilitated by Donald C. Fry, Honorary Chairperson of the Tiger Club Executive Board. It is the largest gift in the history of Towson golf.
• Freshman Justin Mabus was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks Apr. 2 and Apr. 9.
• The Tigers stormed back from a six-goal deficit against the 20th-ranked Hofstra Pride to earn a 10-9 win Mar. 31. It was the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program.
• Junior pitcher Katie Lingmai threw the ninth no-hitter in school history Saturday Apr. 7 in Towson's 2-0 victory over the Drexel Dragons. It was the second no-hitter of Lingmai's career. She joins Jessica Fisher as the only two pitchers in Towson history to throw multiple no-hitters.
Track and Field:
• Junior Katie Salke became just the second Tiger in the past six years to win three events in a single meet Apr. 7, when Salke won the triple jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles. Ashley Adams also won three events in a meet during the 2010 season.
• Senior thrower Shianna Smith set a school record in the hammer throw with a result of 166' 11" at the Towson Invitational Mar. 31. It was the second school record Smith broke this season. She also set a new Towson record in the weight throw with a toss of 58' 8.25" at Princeton earlier in the year.
• Freshman Alexis Appezzato had the second-best throw of the javelin in school history at the Towson Invitational Mar. 31. At the Tigers' lone home meet of the season, Appezzato had an outstanding throw of 142' 3".
• Senior guard Meredith Kennedy was named a recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award.
• The organization recognizes collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal success as well as their integrity as student athletes.
• Sophomore Rhiannon Coogle was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after scoring five goals and adding two assists in a 17-7 win over Temple. The five goals were a career-high.
• Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters, who has been among the national leaders in save percentage and goals against average was added to the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List. Teeters was the final women's player added to the list.
• Teeters joins teammate Alexa Demski on the list. It is believed to be the first time Towson has had two players on the prestigious list at the same time.