Women's Lacrosse Weekly Report - April 29
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Brittain Altomare • Hofstra
Wolfsville, Md./Middletown, So., Attacker
Altomare picked up the final CAA Player of the Week award of the season after a strong showing in Hofstra’s regular-season finale. The sophomore attacker posted a game-high four points on a game-high four assists to help clinch the final spot in the upcoming CAA Championship with a 12-10 victory over Drexel. Altomare also added a game-high seven draw controls and two ground balls. The Wolfsville, Md., native leads Hofstra in scoring with 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points. She also has contributed 32 draw controls, 22 ground balls, and eight caused turnovers.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Becky Conto • Hofstra
West Hempstead, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy, Fr., Attack/Mid.
Conto earned the final CAA Rookie of the Week award of the season after posting six draw controls and an assist in Hofstra’s 12-10 victory over Drexel to clinch the third seed in the upcoming CAA Championship. The West Hempstead, N.Y. native assisted on the Pride’s first goal of the second half to increase their lead to five goals and help maintain the advantage with the draw controls. For the year Conto is third on the team with 19 points on 15 goals and four assists. She also has a team-best 52 draw controls to go along with 11 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.
TOWSON AND JMU SHARE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP: Towson and James Madison shared the CAA regular-season championship after each finishing the season with 6-1 records in conference play. It is Towson’s third straight regular-season title while it is JMU’s first since 2010.
TOWSON TO HOST CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Towson will host the upcoming CAA Championship by virtue of earning the top seed with a 6-1 record in regular season play. Towson and James Madison each finished the regular season with a 6-1 record but the Tigers own the tie-breaker by defeating the Dukes 16-10 on April 6th. For full information on the championship visit the Women’s Lacrosse Championship Central page on caasports.com.
FIELD SET FOR CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The championship, which will be hosted at Towson University in a final four format, begins Friday, May 3 in Towson, Md. The action kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with the first semifinal as top-seeded Towson (8-8, 6-1 CAA) takes on fourth-seeded Drexel (11-6, 4-3) at the Towson Center Soccer/Lacrosse Complex. The second semifinal features second-seeded James Madison (11-5, 6-1) taking on the third-seeded Hofstra (10-7, 4-3). The championship game is set to take place Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m.
TOWSON EARNS TOP SEED IN CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Towson, which will be hosting its second straight CAA Championship, is vying for its second consecutive conference title and fifth overall. The Tigers finished the season with a 6-1 mark in CAA play and earned the top seed as a result of its 16-10 victory over James Madison on April 7th.
JMU SEEDED SECOND IN CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The second-seeded Dukes enter the tournament also with a 6-1 mark this season in conference play. JMU is 11-5 overall, highlighted by a 9-8 overtime victory over No. 11 Loyola on March 16th. JMU, which is receiving votes in the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll, is seeking its ninth CAA title.
HOFSTRA ENTERS CAA CHAMPIONSHIP AS THIRD SEED: Hofstra, which has one CAA title in eight appearances in the championship, earned the three seed by virtue of its 6-5 win over Towson on April 19th. The Pride finished 4-3 in conference play this season to help compile a 10-7 overall record, which was their sixth 10-win season in the last nine seasons.
DREXEL RECEIVES FOUR SEED IN CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Drexel edged Delaware for the fourth seed by knocking off the Blue Hens 11-6 on April 19th. The Dragons, who sit at 4-3 in conference play and 11-6 overall, will be looking to win their first ever CAA title. The Dragons are making their third straight appearance in the tournament
ANCARROW AMONG NOMINEES FOR NATIONAL POTY: James Madison redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow is among 25 finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, which is given to the nation’s top college lacrosse player. The Tewaaraton Award is presented annually following the collegiate season to the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse players in the United States. Tewaaraton is the name the Mohawk Indian nation gave to its game and the progenitor of present-day lacrosse.