Caroline Baker was among 26 Towson student-athletes to earn their degrees over the weekend.
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Caroline Baker was among 26 Towson student-athletes to earn their degrees over the weekend.
Twenty-Six Student-Athletes Celebrate Commencement
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 01/07/2013

TOWSON, Md. - For 26 Towson University student-athletes, Sunday marked the end of an era as they were among 1,960 graduates who received degrees at the school's 148th Commencement Ceremony at the Towson Center.

"It's very tough trying to balance being a student and an athlete," Towson's Caroline Baker, who was a member of the swimming and diving team and graduated with a degree in mathematics education, said. "I'm such a stronger person because of the experience Towson provided me. I was confident going into my job interviews and the time-management skills I've learned while being a Tiger has prepared me for the future. My experience was a challenge, but something I was very grateful for as a student-athlete."

Baker finished her Tiger career as the school's record holder in the one and three-meter dives.

Student-Athlete Sport Major
Sean Bertrand Baseball Business Administration
Sean Thompson Baseball Exercise Science
Stephanie Lacy Cheerleading Sport Manangement
Kim Schnell Field Hockey Graphic Design
Jo Ellen Sumego Field Hockey Nursing
Erron Banks Football Communication Studies
Frank Beltre Football Sport Management
Brian Boateng Football Sociology
Dominique Booker Football Economics
Henry Glackin Football Sociology
Matt Morgan Football Sport Management
Rob Osborne Football Sociology/Anthropology
Kacy Catanzaro Gymnastics Early Childhood Education
Alyssa Dittman Gymnastics Elementary Education
Avis Hixon Gymnastics Mass Communication
Erique Gumbs Men's Basketball Psychology
Sean Maguire Men's Lacrosse Sport Management
Josh Spivey Men's Soccer Communication Studies
Cory Ornstein Men's Swimming and Diving Mass Communication
Brianna Jones Softball Nursing
Paige Martin Softball Business Administration
Airielle Dawson Women's Golf Psychology
Caroline Baker Women's Swimming and Diving Mathematics/Secondary Education
Cari Czarnecki Women's Swimming and Diving Elementary Education
Aandria Carr Women's Tennis Business Administration
Gina Benigno Women's Track and Field Physics

Caroline Baker (Women's Swimming and Diving), Mathematics/Secondary Education: Four-year performer for the Tigers on the diving boards ... holds school records in the one-meter (341.93 points) and three-meter (345.23 points) dives ... helped Towson to multiple Colonial Athletic Association Championships ... appeared in multiple NCAA Diving Zones competitions.

Erron Banks (Football), Communication Studies: Four-year performer at wide receiver for the Tigers … finished career with 74 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns … led Tigers in receiving as a sophomore … helped Tigers win second straight Colonial Athletic Association championship with 24 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Frank Beltre (Football), Sports Management: Third team All-American selection who was a three-year starter at defensive end … earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors three times … named first team All-CAA as a junior and senior … helped Tigers win back-to-back CAA titles … played in all 45 games of career and started 34 times … finished career with 232 tackles, including 38 for lost yardage … ranks 21st on Towson’s career list of tackle leaders.

Gina Benigno (Women's Track and Field), Physics: Finished in the top-15 six times during her senior season in the pole vault ... stands eighth on the Towson's all-time pole vaulting list, with her top height of 10' 0" accomplished in 2012.

Sean Bertrand (Baseball), Business Administration: Three-year pitcher who was used as a starter and a reliever during career … pitched in 46 games, including three starts … compiled a 2-2 record with one save … missed 2011 season with an injury.

Brian Boateng (Football), Sociology: Valuable defensive player who saw action at linebacker and defensive end during his career … appeared in 28 career games and made 74 tackles … scored only career touchdown in final college game, recovering a fumble and running 28 yards for a touchdown in a 64-35 win over No. 7 New Hampshire … member of two CAA championship teams.

Dominique Booker (Football) Economics: Four-year performer at running back … named as National Running Back of the Week after rushing for 181 yards in win over Rhode Island … finished career with 1,264 yards on 242 yards and eight touchdowns … ended career as the 15th-leading rusher in program history … had an 83-yard touchdown run against Rhode Island, second-longest run in school history … finished career with 1,536 all-purpose yards … member of two CAA championship teams.

Aandria Carr (Women's Tennis), Business Administration: Played in 101 career singles matches ... spent much of her senior season at No. 1 singles ... won at least nine singles matches in each of her first three seasons.

Kacy Catanzaro (Gymnastics), Early Childhood Education: Four-year standout as an all-around for the Tigers … honored as NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year in 2012 … also honored as ECAC Gymnast of the Year in 2012 … ECAC champion on vault and bars … helped Tigers to a 75-16 record and two ECAC championships in career … named as ECAC Gymnast of the Week five times as a senior … named as Towson’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2012.

Cari Czarnecki (Women's Swimming and Diving), Elementary Education: Holds five Tiger women's swimming and diving records ... CAA champion in the women's 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley as a senior ... earned Scholar All-America Honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America ... also named to the CAA's Commissioner's List ... a part of three Tiger CAA championship teams.

Airielle Dawson (Women's Golf), Psychology:  Became the first golfer in program history of either men's or women's golf at Towson to win a national title when she earned medalist honors at the 25th Annual PGA of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championship ... caught fire on the PGA Club's Ryder Course with rounds of 75, 73 and 72, taking the national championship by seven strokes to lead the field of 40 golfers vying for the title ... her 72 was her career-low round and the 220 was a career-best 54-hole score.

Alyssa Dittman (Gymnastics), Elementary Education: Four-year performer for the Tigers who helped Towson post a 75-16 record with two ECAC championships in career … solid performer on beam … earned All-ECAC honors on vault and floor during her career … excellent three-event gymnast … finished career with 1,101.825 career points, 33rd on Towson’s all-time list.

Henry Glackin (Football), Sociology: Four-year starter at offensive tackle who earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior … one of the captains of the CAA champion Tigers in 2011 … helped Tigers average 229 rushing yards per game, a mark that led the CAA … earned All-American honors from the College Sports Journal.

Erique Gumbs (Men's Basketball), Psychology:  Appeared in 67 games, while starting 25 for the Tigers ... netted 296 points and 246 rebounds in his career ... scored a career-high 14 points at Northeastern and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds against George Mason in January 2012.

Avis Hixon (Gymnastics), Mass Communication: Four-year standout on vault and floor for the Tigers … honored as ECAC Specialist of the Year in 2011 … helped the Tigers post a 75-16 career record and win two ECAC championships … named All-ECAC first team on vault three times … two-time NCAA individual qualifier … finished career with 1,055.625 points, 38th on Towson’s all-time list.

Brianna Jones (Softball), Nursing: Enjoyed a breakout senior season, setting career-highs in batting average, home runs, runs batted in and runs scored ... hit .284 with six homers, 30 RBI and 25 runs scored in her final season ... scored 37 career runs and stole eight career bases in 141 career games.

Stephanie Lacy (Cheerleading), Sport Management: Four-year performer ... outstanding character who was a very good teammate ... selected as team captain as a senior.

Sean Maguire (Men's Lacrosse), Sport Management: Played in 51 career games ... scored 37 goals and tallied 14 assists for his career ... was the Tigers' leading scorer as a senior in 2012 ... posted 20 goals, including five man up scores.

Paige Martin (Softball), Business Administration: Two-year reliever who was an invaluable member of team's bullpen ... compiled a 3-1 career record with a 3.40 earned run average ... threw a career-best 13.2 innings as a junior in 2011 ... posted an outstanding 2.40 E.R.A. as a senior ... struck out 16 batters.

Matt Morgan (Football), Sport Management: Three-year starter on defensive line who played defensive end for two years and tackle for two years … named third team All-Colonial Athletic Association as a senior … appeared in all 45 games in career with 37 starts … made 97 tackles in career and had 10.5 quarterback sacks … had 30 tackles as a senior with three sacks … member of two CAA championship teams.

Cory Ornstein (Men's Swimming), Mass Communication: Four-time participant at the CAA Championships ... finished 13th in the 1,650-yard freestyle event at the CAA's as a junior. 

Rob Osborne (Football), Sociology/Anthropology: Four-year defensive lineman for the Tigers … appeared in 41 career games and made 97 tackles … helped Tigers win 2011 Colonial Athletic Association championship by making 33 tackles … also recovered two fumbles in career and made 2.5 sacks … Tigers’ starting defensive tackle as a first-year freshman in 2008.

Kim Schnell (Field Hockey), Graphic Design: Appeared in 71 games during her four years while serving as a key contributor for the Tigers on defense/midfield ... started every game of her junior and senior seasons ... finished her career with 21 points after scoring six goals and contributing nine assists ... as a junior she led the CAA and finished eighth in the nation with six defensive saves for the season ... as a senior she finished second on the team with 13 points on five goals and three assists ... two-time member of the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad.

Josh Spivey (Men's Soccer), Communication Studies: Outstanding defender who was a vice captain for the team as a senior ... played in 50 career games ... had a career-high three points, including his first career goal, as a sophomore ... took 13 career shots.

Jo Ellen Sumego (Field Hockey), Nursing: Appeared in 60 games during her four years ... was a key contributor as one of the first players off the bench for the Tigers ... she finished her career with six points after scoring three goals ... scored the first two goals of her career at Delaware as a sophomore ... scored a goal as a senior in the win over VCU ... two-time member of the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad.

Sean Thompson (Baseball), Exercise Science:  Solid righthanded pitcher with excellent control … hampered by injuries throughout career … missed two seasons with injuries … pitched in 15 career games with three starts … good student who was named to the CAA Commissioner’s List twice.


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