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Towson announces 2021 football schedule, including home opener against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State

In conjunction with the Colonial Athletic Association, the Towson University football program announced Wednesday morning its 2021 schedule.

The slate is highlighted by a home opener Sept. 18 against eight-time Football Championship Subdivision champion North Dakota State. The Bison have won the past three FCS titles and defeated the Tigers, 35-7, on Jan. 4, 2013, for the crown. North Dakota State will visit Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson for the first time in the schools’ respective histories.

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The Tigers will open the season at Morgan State on Sept. 4 in the next installment of the Battle for Greater Baltimore. It will mark their second consecutive trip to Hughes Stadium in Baltimore after winning, 36-10, on Sept. 1, 2018.

Towson will open play in the CAA on Sept. 11 when it visits New Hampshire for the rivals’ first meeting since Oct. 21, 2017.

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After the game against North Dakota State, the Tigers will make a trip to San Diego State of the Mountain West Conference on Sept. 25. Not counting last fall, that will mark the 13th straight year they will clash with a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.

After a bye week on Oct. 2, Towson’s final seven games will involve CAA competition. Three of four games in October will occur at home — Stony Brook on Oct. 9, Rhode Island on Oct. 16 and Albany on Oct. 30 — with a game at William & Mary on Oct. 23 as the lone road trip.

In November, the Tigers will visit Richmond on Nov. 6, play host to Elon on Nov. 13, and wrap up the regular season at James Madison on Nov. 20.

The CAA postponed the 2020 football season to this spring due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers elected not to play this spring, citing the risk of long-term injuries as a reason for sitting out.

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2021 Towson football schedule

Sept. 4, at Morgan State

Sept. 11, at New Hampshire

Sept. 18, North Dakota State

Sept. 25, at San Diego State

Oct.9, Stony Brook*

Oct. 16, Rhode Island*

Oct. 23, at William & Mary*

Oct. 30, Albany*

Nov. 6, at Richmond

Nov. 13, Elon*

Nov. 20, at James Madison

* - CAA Game

Towson swimming: The CAA selected Towson’s Brian Benzing as the Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while teammate Ajani Dorner has been named Diver of the Week.

Benzing had a record-setting performance in his first college outing, breaking a 100-yard breaststroke record that had stood since 2014. The rookie touched first at a dual meet at Navy in 54.81 seconds to win the event, besting Jeremy Liu’s mark of 55.33. Benzing went on to pick up third in the 200-yard breaststroke with another top-10 time of 2 minutes, 3.30 seconds. Benzing was within five-hundredths of a second of winning the event.

On the boards, Dorner captured first in the 1-meter event, scoring 292.35 points. He finished second in the 3-meter diving event, logging a score of 234.60. Both of Dorner’s scores landed in the program’s top-10 scores. Dorner’s 1-meter score was the second-best in program history while his 3-meter points ranks ninth in program history.

Maryland women’s lacrosse: The Terps selected Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley), Brindi Griffin (McDonogh) and Grace Griffin (Liberty) as the team captains for the upcoming season. The 2021 team voted on Colson, Griffin and Griffin to be captains for the second straight season, the first time Maryland has had all second-year captains since Nadine Hadnagy and Zoe Stukenberg led the Terps to the 2017 national championship. All three are Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans and have three-plus years of experience under their belt.

Navy track: The Navy track and field team had six student-athletes earn weekly awards for their performances at the William & Mary dual meet. Sam Orie was selected as this week’s Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Clayton Thompson and Alexa Arthun claimed Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, respectively, while Eli Lake was the PL Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. Brahmir Vick and Alayna Schloeder claimed the leagues’ first Rookie of the Week honors.

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