Goalkeeper Liz Beardsley made nine saves, but the Terps lost comfortably in their first Big Ten test of the season.
The Terps have won three straight games ahead of Friday's test against No. 6 Penn State.
The Terps started their defense of the regular season Big Ten championship with one point instead of three.
Terps coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer often calls on Morales to fill in as an offensive and defensive presence in Maryland’s midfield. Nemzer has repeatedly called Morales her “utility player."
The Terps started this year against three ranked squads and a team receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches top-25 poll.
The Terps are unbeaten in their last six games and have won three in a row.
The Terps held an opponent without a shot for the first time since 2014 and logged their most shots in a game since 2015 in the dominant victory.
Ava Morales, who entered in the 30th minute, scored the game-winner against Towson.
The Terps allowed a season-high two goals after giving up one goal combined in their first three contests.
The No. 20 Terps missed a penalty kick after conceding one of their own as they dropped their first game against the Cavaliers since 2019.