– Kickoff Return, Simpson Ties NCAA record –
100 – Fleet Feet
TU running back Shane Simpson (No. 13, pictured above) tied the NCAA record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against New Hampshire during the Homecoming game Oct. 22. He was also one of 17 players named to the STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year Watch List.
3 – Aces All
Three members of TU’s women’s tennis team competed in the 2016 USTA/ITA Division I Atlantic Regional Championships in October at Old Dominion University. Juniors A.J. Gomer and Renate van Oorschodt played doubles and junior Nicole Shakhnazarova made the singles matches.
156 – Banner Performance
Senior punter Jake Ryder was one of 156 semifinalists for The National Football Foundation’s 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments. The award recognizes the best football scholar-athletes in the nation.
48.98 – making a splash
TU swimmer Jack Saunderson broke the pool record at UMBC with a time of 48.98 in the 100-yard butterfly, breaking the previous pool record of 49.04, set in 2009. He also captured the 200-yard event
Five Former Tigers Enter Hall of Fame
Towson University welcomed five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame in October.
Those recognized included record-setting volleyball setter Connie Blades Randolph ’97, the late All-American quarterback Dan Dullea ’74, legendary gymnastics coach Dick Filbert ’71, All-American lacrosse faceoff record holder Mark Goers ’95 and one of baseball’s all-time leading hitters Jimmy Kittelberger ’01.
Dullea, TU football’s first All-American, set 26 program records. A four-year starter and three-year captain, he led the Tigers to their only unbeaten season in 1974. In the 1976 NCAA Division III National Football Championship, he rallied the Tigers from a 28-0 deficit with 12:42 left to tie the score, the greatest comeback in Tiger football history.
Filbert’s coaching career spanned 28 consecutive winning seasons with a 491-149-2 record. His teams competed at the NCAA’s highest level, winning the ECAC
Championship 14 out of 15 years and earned 13 NCAA Southeast Regional berths. In 1990, Filbert was co-winner of the National Coach of the Year award.
Goers dominated the faceoff zone, leading TU in faceoff percentage with a .702. He still owns the school single season record in faceoff percentage (166 of 214 for .778). That mark, set in 1994, remains the NCAA single-season record in faceoff percentage.
Kittelberger, who earned America East all-league first team honors in 2000 and 2001, set a Towson single-season record with 22 doubles in 2001 while batting .364 with a team-leading 63 runs scored. He still ranks among TU’s career leaders with 41 doubles.
Randolph was a Big South Conference All-Conference second-team pick for two straight years. She was also selected to the Big South All-Tournament team twice, earning its MVP honors in 1993. In 1995, Randolph was TU’s Female Senior Athlete of the Year.
Scott plays in world softball championships
Kendyl Scott stepped into an international batter’s box, starting off the first inning with a single against Uganda. The TU outfielder was playing for Great Britain in day two of the WBSC Women’s World Softball Championships held in Surrey, Canada.
A rising junior for the Tigers, who earned a spot on the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Softball Tournament team, Scott helped Great Britain finish 13th overall out of 31 teams in the international softball showcase.
Playing with controlled power and a graceful elegance, Scott sizzled by compiling a .388 batting average. Her relentless offensive barrage also featured a double and a triple. Defensively, Scott showcased her fantastic arm by compiling three outfield assists.
“Playing in Canada was something that will stay with me forever,” Scott said. “We played our hearts out and showed the world that we deserve to be up there with the big countries.”
A native of La Quinta, California, Scott was granted dual citizenship earlier this year—her father Peter is British. She participated in two tournaments in England, earning the best batter award in the London Cup after compiling a .727 average (8-for-11).