John Tune and Erin Phillips were kicking around a soccer ball in an empty field at Towson University Friday afternoon when a facilities manager came by and asked them to leave.
This was just more unwelcome news to the Towson sophomores, who had learned earlier that day that university President Maravene Loeschke had made the decision to cut the school's men's soccer and baseball teams.
"Before I came here, I had thoughts about trying out for all of the sports, but soccer was the one I kind of decided on now," said Tune, who played for Calvert Hall and believed he would make the team.
"I would've loved to play soccer for the school, rather than just doing club and intramurals, but now I can't so that kind of puts a damper on the rest of my college experience."
Phillips, who transferred to Towson this semester from Roanoke College and played for Maryvale in high school, had been looking forward to watching the men's soccer games.
"I was shocked," she said. "I wish they still had it because I'm a soccer player, too, so I was hoping to go to some of the games."
Meanwhile, the Towson Tigers baseball team was practicing on its field - John B. Schuerholz Park, named for the Atlanta Braves president and former Towson baseball player - for a 2:30 p.m. game against Delaware.
Students walking by the field during the warm-up expressed disappointment. A common sentiment among them was fairness.
"I don't know if it's fair for them to cut from somewhere else, but, these teams… I don't think it's fair to the students," said sophomore Britney Stewart.
Freshman Henrik Faller, also a graduate of Calvert Hall, agreed.
"I honestly think it's unfair to the students who got scholarships off of playing soccer or baseball," he said. "Now their scholarships are gone so now, what are they going to do about getting money in order to come to Towson?
"If they have to transfer somewhere else, I don't think that's really fair to them."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun