CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Curtis Dickson, Delaware
Soph., A, Port Coquitlan, B.C./Riverside
Dickson led the Blue Hens in their win over UMBC Saturday with a career-high five goals, all in the first half, and one assist. He scored UD’s first three goals against the Retrievers and tallied two goals and two assists in the season-opening 18-10 win over Saint Joseph’s. Dickson has now scored a goal in 11-straight games.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Corbyn Tao-Brambleby, Robert Morris
Fr., M, Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve Academy
Tao-Brambleby led all Colonial rookie goal scorers with two tallies in a 16-2 victory over crosstown rival Seton Hill. The freshman notched his first career goal with 9:40 left in the second quarter on an assist from Trevor Moore. His second came on a man-up opportunity with 13 minutes left in the third quarter.
A TOTAL OF FOUR CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: Just two weeks into the season and the CAA has more than half of its seven squads among the national rankings. In the USILA Preseason Coaches poll, Towson (No. 13) and Delaware (No. 14) lead the way, while Hofstra comes in at No. 17. All three squads are also part of the Feb. 18 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings, and are joined at No. 18 by Drexel -- No. 13 Delaware, No. 14 Towson and No. 15 Hofstra.
NECK-AND-NECK LEAGUE RACE PREVIEWED IN PRESEASON POLL: Drexel, which shared the CAA regular-season crown in 2007, was narrowly picked to capture the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2008 according to the league’s seven head coaches. The Dragons received three first-place votes and a total of 33 points, just one better than Towson’s total of 32. The Tigers also logged three first-place votes. Defending conference champion Delaware picked up the remaining first-place vote and was third in the poll with 27 points.
DELAWARE (2-0 overall): No. 14 Delaware is off to a 2-0 start with wins at Saint Joseph’s (18-10) and over No. 18 UMBC (15-7). Vincent Giordano scored a career-high five goals to pace the Blue Hens against over SJU, while Curtis Dickson tallied five goals – all in the first half – leading to the win over UMBC. Delaware will end a streak of eight-straight games away from Newark, Del., when it hosts Marist in its home opener Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. Head coach Bob Shillinglaw (266-233) , now in his 30th season at UD and 33rd season overall, will coach his 500th career game Saturday, becoming only the second coach in NCAA lacrosse history to reach the mark. Cam Howard, back after missing all but two games in 2007, had two goals and five assists in the win over UMBC. Howard now has 149 points and needs one more to become only the 12th player in UD history to reach 150 career points. Howard’s 84 career assists also rank fifth all-time at Delaware. Tom Scherr now has 396 career saves and needs four more to become just the eighth Blue Hen to reach 400.
DREXEL (0-1 overall): With No. 3 Virginia up at intermission, 6-5, in the both teams’ season-opener, Colin Ambler scored an unassisted goal in the opening minutes of the second half to knot the score. Drexel got the crowd behind them early with the first two goals of the game -- Andrew Chapman scored at 8:08 and just two minutes later, Chris O’Connor scored off a feed from Ambler. Drexel goalkeeper Bruce Bickford again played well in the cage against Virginia, making 15 saves. A year ago Bickford made 18 saves in the Dragons’ victory in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia outshot Drexel, 40-35, and had the same margin in ground balls. Drexel won the face-off battle with the Cavaliers, 12-10. Sophomore Zak Fisher was 6-for-8 on draws for Drexel. The Dragons, ranked 18th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll, will travel to Penn this weekend for a 1 p.m., contest Saturday, Feb. 23.
HOFSTRA (0-0 overall): Second year head coach Seth Tierney returns 27 players including eight starters from last year’s young Hofstra squad. That team posted a 6-8 record including a record seven losses by just one goal. The Pride return six of their top seven scorers from a year ago including leading scorer, Tom Dooley, who recorded 26 goals and 28 points. Midfielder Michael Unterstein led the team in assists last season with 18 and was third in points with 25 in 2007. Goalie Danny Orlando also returns after posting a solid 7.21 goals against average and a .563 save percentage in 14 games last year. The Pride, No. 17 in the USILA Poll, open their 2008 season Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. on the road against Massachusetts.
ROBERT MORRIS (1-1 overall): Robert Morris kicked off its 2008 season when it took on Division II and crosstown rival Seton Hill on Feb. 9 at Joe Walton Stadium. After falling behind 1-0 in the opening minutes, Robert Morris turned the tables and unleashed a 15-goal run en route to a 16-2 victory. With a 1-0 record in hand, the Colonials traveled to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions. Penn State scored early and often as they handed RMU an 18-2 setback at Holuba Hall in State College, Pa. Andrew Watt paced the offense with a five point performance, tallying three goals and two assists against Seton Hill. Rob Marasti and Michael Fleming tallied both goals in the loss at Penn State. The Colonials head to New York this weekend for a two-game road swing taking on Manhattan, Feb. 22, and Wagner, Feb. 24.
SACRED HEART (0-0 overall): The Pioneers and head coach Tom Mariano return eight of its starters from last season and hope to better last season 4-8 mark. Mariano, now in his 12 season at Sacred Heart, carries a 77-101 mark in 13 years as a head coach and will open the 2008 season Feb. 23 at home against Presbyterian at 1 p.m. Back from last season is All-CAA Rookie selection Evan Morgan, who notched 13 goals and 11 assists in his inaugural collegiate season. Also returning is All-CAA Second Teamer Brett McGlensey, who was a 2008 Honorable Mention Preseason All-America honoree by Inside Lacrosse. The West Chester, Pa., native started all 12 games in 2007 and logged 33 groundballs on the Pioneer’s defensive unit. After its season-opener against Presbyterian, Sacred Heart will go on the road March 1 for a 1 p.m., game against Wagner.
TOWSON (0-0 overall): Opening their 50th season of college lacrosse, the 13th-ranked Tigers will begin the 2008 campaign at home against Loyola College at 1 p.m., on WMAR-TV in Baltimore and via tape delay on ESPNU. The game will mark the 50th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series which Towson leads 27-22. The Tigers have won the last three meetings in the series by a total of four goals, including last year’s 9-8 victory on the road. Towson will be looking to win its season opener for the third straight year. Entering this season, the Tigers are 23-26 all-time in season openers, including a 5-4 record in head coach Tony Seaman’s tenure. Towson is 13-15 all-time in home openers at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers have won their last six games when scoring 10 or more goals. In the last nine seasons, Towson is 60-17 when scoring in double figures. The Tigers were third in the CAA last year in scoring offense, averaging 9.50 goals per game. Towson will continue its season-opening two-game homestand March 2 when it hosts No. 20 Denver at 1 p.m.
VILLANOVA (0-1 overall): In the Wildcats’ season opener, No. 9 Syracuse used a fast start to defeat Villanova 21-6, Feb. 17, in front of 4,252 in the Carrier Dome. Jay Foley scored three goals and added an assist to lead the Wildcats offensively. Two of his scores came on man-up opportunities, including a tally at the 9:17 mark of the second quarter to get Villanova on the scoreboard for the first time. After getting blanked in the first quarter, the Wildcats netted a pair of goals in the second period, three in the third quarter and one in the final frame. Villanova totaled 28 ground balls and was 2-of-8 playing one-man up against the Orange. The three goals by Foley were nearly half his career total of seven entering the day. Tim Driscoll added two scores for the Wildcats while Tim Langan, Jr. accounted for the final tally. Langan also had an assist and Chris Aitken dished out two helpers in his collegiate debut. Andrew DiLoreto and Mike Bogdanor split time in goal for Villanova, with DiLoreto starting and playing the first three quarters. He made seven saves while surrendering 18 goals and Bogdanor tallied one save while allowing three goals in the fourth period. Villanova returns home on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. to play its home opener against Lafayette.