Towson seeks first road win at No. 19 Villanova


Towson seeks first road win at No. 19 Villanova

Give the 3-4 Towson Tigers this much: they only lose to the best. Twice to BCS programs, twice to teams ranked in the FCS top 10.

Another ranked foe is on tap Saturday (3:30, Comcast SportsNet) as No. 23 Towson travels to face No. 19 Villanova.

The Tigers, 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association games this season, are 0-3 on the road this campaign and 1-3 all-time at Villanova (6-2, 4-1).

Towson quarterback Grant Enders, who threw a career-high 41 passes for 290 yards in last week's loss to No. 7 Old Dominion, has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns.

The top defensive team in the CAA, the Tigers are allowing 302 yards per game and will need to be on their game against a Wildcats attack that tops the conference with 269.1 rushing yards per game. Villanova, tied with New Hampshire atop the conference standings, ranks second in scoring defense (19.0).

In addition to Old Dominion, Towson has lost to James Madison, LSU and Kent State.

Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

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Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to the national championship game for a third straight year.

The Terrapins held on to beat Denver, 9-8, in the national semifinals Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland’s Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with 8:41 to go and the Terps defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Kelly scored three goals to pace Maryland on offense. The Terps led 4-1 in the first half and 5-3 at halftime before Denver tied it up at 8-8 with 10 minutes remaining ahead of what proved to be the game winner.

In the final two minutes, both teams had goals waved off because of crease violations – one from Maryland's Colin Heacock with 1:28 remaining and a second from Denver's Connor Donahue with 9.2 seconds left.

Maryland will now play Ohio State in the national championship game at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The Buckeyes beat Towson, 11-10, in the earlier semifinal Saturday.

For the Terps, the game will mark their 14th national title game appearance, though they haven’t won it since 1975. Since then, Maryland has finished as runner-ups nine straight times (1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), including four times in the past six years.

The Terps fell 10-5 to Denver (2015) and 14-13 in overtime to North Carolina (2016) in the last two national title games.

In addition to the 1975 title, Maryland also won it in 1973. They also finished as runner-ups in 1971 and 1974.

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will be playing in their own national championship game Sunday, against Boston College. The Terps beat Penn State, 20-10, Friday night, and Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 16-15.

The Maryland women’s team has won 12 national championships, most recently in both 2014 and 2015.

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.

Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.

As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies.