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Towson running back Shane Simpson’s score in closing minutes, lifts team to opening football win over Citadel

Shane Simpson accounted for three scores that included a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left to push Towson past The Citadel 28-21 on Saturday in a football season opener.

The Cadets had just taken their only lead, 21-20 with 3:31 remaining, when Brandon Rainey tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Raleigh Webb in the back of the end zone. Towson’s Tom Flacco answered on the next possession, completing three straight passes and breaking loose for a 25-yard run before Simpson scored to cap the six-play drive.

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On the next series, Coby Tippett intercepted Rainey’s pass attempt on The Citadel’s first play from scrimmage to seal the victory for the Tigers.

Simpson caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Flacco in the first quarter and also had a 45-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter that pushed the Tigers’ lead to 17-7. Simpson finished with 74 yards rushing and had four catches for 37 yards. Flacco was 21-of-36 passing for 328 yards.

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Rainey had 166 yards rushing on 32 carries and completed three of four pass attempts for 24 yards.

The Tigers, who last season finished 7-5 and earned a FCS playoff berth for the first time since 2013, entered the game ranked No. 11 in the FCS STATS preseason poll. They hadn’t been ranked in the preseason poll since 2008.

Women’s college soccer: Emily Maheras kicked off the scoring for Johns Hopkins just over four minutes into the contest and the Blue Jays opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Lynchburg on Saturday.

Women’s college volleyball: Stevenson won two matches in day two of the DeSales Tournament on Saturday, sweeping the host Bulldogs and Keystone by identical 3-0 scores.

College field hockey: No. 2-ranked Maryland defeated Richmond, 5 -1 in the Terps’ season opener at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex Friday evening.

Four Terps combined to score five goals, led by junior Kyler Greenwalt, who scored twice in her first game back after an injury last season.

Maryland hosts New Hampshire Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission and parking are both free.

Men’s college soccer: St. Mary’s (2-0) upended the No. 18 Carnegie Mellon, 3-2, in the Elmer Lord Tournament on Saturday. The victory was the first win over a ranked opponent since the 2017.

<< N.C. State scored a pair of goals midway through the second half, and held off a comeback attempt in the final minutes to send Loyola Maryland to a 2-1 defeat in the season opener for both teams on Friday.

<< Visiting Incarnate Word scored twice in a span of 32 seconds early in the second half and held off a UMBC rally to defeat the Retrievers, 2-1, in the opening game for both teams Friday night.

<< Navy opened its season with a 3-1 victory over UNC Asheville on Friday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The Midshipmen had six different players collect a point as they had three different goal scorers in the win over the Bulldogs. Ethan Singer and Matt Nocita each scored their first career goals, while Navy’s leading scorer from a year ago, Jacob Williams (Old Mill), started the scoring in the match.

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