CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Curtis Dickson, Delaware
So., A, Port Coquitlan, B.C./Riverside
Dickson, who has now won two-straight Player of the Week honors, led the Blue Hens in their 12-6 win over Marist with his second-straight five-goal game -- he also added three assists. Dickson is the first Delaware player since 1995 to score five or more goals in consecutive games. Four of his five goals came in the first half, while his 17 shots were two shy of a school single-game record.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Stockel, Drexel
Fr., M, North Salem, N.Y./John Jay
Stockel logged a goal and an assist in the Dragons’ 9-8 come-from-behind win over Penn. Stockel’s helper came on the first goal of the game when L.C. Moershel put Drexel on top in the first quarter at the 7:26 mark. Stockel’s second career score came with 6:29 left in the game when his man-up tally knotted the contest at 8-8. The Dragons, who scored five of the six fourth-quarter goals to overtake the lead, went on to win 9-8 on the road.
EIGHT CAA STANDOUTS ON THE TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: A total of eight CAA Men’s Lacrosse players were listed among 52 standouts on the initial Tewaaraton Award Watch List -- given to the top player in college lacrosse. The eight CAA players include: Bruce Bickford (Drexel), Andrew Chapman (Drexel), Martin Cahill (Delaware), Curtis Dickson (Delaware), Steve Grossi (Drexel), Cam Howard (Delaware), Chris MacDonald (Villanova), Kevin Unterstein (Hofstra).
A TOTAL OF THREE CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: After two weeks of regular season play the CAA has more than half of its seven squads among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Delaware (No. 12), Drexel (No. 17) and Towson (No. 20) lead the way, while Hofstra comes in as one of 10 teams just outside the Top-20. All three ranked squads are also part of the Feb. 25 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 12 Delaware, No. 15 Drexel and No. 18 Towson -- and Hofstra is also just outside the poll.
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 (3-0 overall): No. 12 Delaware improved to 3-0 with a 12-6 win over Marist in the Hens’ home opener Saturday. Delaware jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 9-3 at halftime on the way to the win. Two-time CAA Player of the Week Curtis Dickson had a hand in eight scores with five goals and three assists, and has now scored five goals in consecutive games (first UD player to do that since 1995). Dickson leads the team and league with 12 goals early on in 2008 and has scored a goal in 12-straight games. Cam Howard had two goals and one assist to go over the 150 point mark for his career. Tom Scherr made 10 saves and went over the 400 saves mark for his career (No. 8 all-time with 406). The game was the 500th contest coaching for Bob Shillinglaw, who improved to 267-233 all-time in his 33rd year of coaching (30th at UD). Shillinglaw ranks No. 4 on the all-time win list and is one of only two coaches in NCAA lacrosse history to coach 500 games. The Blue Hens travel to No. 18 Rutgers, March 1, for a 1 p.m. game.
DREXEL (1-1 overall): No. 17 Drexel rallied from an 8-5 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Penn, 9-8, on the road Saturday. Dan Layfield scored his first goal of the season, the game-winner, with 4:25 to play, capping the Dragons’ five-goal fourth-quarter come-from-behind effort. Adam Dennis had two goals in the win, while his two assists came on the final goals of the game -- the game-tying score by CAA Rookie of the Week Kevin Stockel and the game-winner by Layfield. Longstick-mid Steve Grossi logged a team-best four ground balls and was key defensively during the Dragons’ fourth-quarter rally against Penn. The Dragons will return home Tuesday, Feb. 26, for a 4 p.m. game against Lehigh. The Dragons are also slated to play this weekend when they travel to Binghamton, March 1, for a contest at 1 p.m.
HOFSTRA (0-1 overall): The Pride opened their 60th season of lacrosse Saturday with an 8-4 loss at UMass’ Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. Hofstra outshot the Minutemen 25-8 in the second half but only scored three goals. Anthony Muscarella scored two goals and added one assist in the Pride’s 8-4 loss at UMass, while Kevin Ford also logged a pair of scores in his collegiate debut. Muscarella scored the Pride’s first goals in the second quarter, assisted on Ford’s third-quarter man-up goal and tallied the final goal of the contest with 57 seconds remaining on the clock. He took 11 shots with 5 shots on goal. Danny Orlando made eight saves for the Pride. Saturday’s contest was only the 12th in the 34-game series between the Pride and Minutemen decided by four goals or more. Hofstra hosts Brown at James M. Shuart Stadium March 1 at 3 p.m.
ROBERT MORRIS (2-2 overall): Robert Morris wrapped up its two-game swing of New York City this weekend with a 1-1 record against Manhattan and Wagner. The Colonials dropped a heartbreaker against Manhattan, falling to the Jaspers by a score of 10-9 in overtime Saturday. RMU rallied from a 6-4 halftime deficit to take a 9-8 lead with 3:13 left to play. Unfortunately, Manhattan used a rally of their own to score back-to-back goals to defeat RMU in the final two minutes of overtime. Sal Barcia stopped 14 shots in the Manhattan loss, while Brandon Johnson led the Colonials with two goals. It was a different story as the Colonials smothered Wagner, 10-2, Sunday. Behind a 23-save performance from Barcia, the Colonials manufactured two five-goal runs en route to the program’s first-ever road victory. Andrew Watt and Michael Fleming combined for 10 points in the game against Wagner including Watt’s four goals bringing his weekend point total up to seven. Robert Morris will travel this weekend for a 1 p.m. contest against Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky., March 1.
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. Weather halted Sacred Heart’s scheduled season-opener against Presbyterian, Feb. 23, as no date has been set for the postponed contest. The Pioneers, ranked eighth in the Feb. 25 edition of the Turfer Athletic New England Coaches Poll, will now go on the road March 1 for its season-opener at Wagner, slated for 1 p.m.
TOWSON (0-1 overall): The 20th-ranked Tigers dropped a 13-8 decision against local rival No. 15 Loyola Saturday. The loss snapped the Tigers’ three-game win streak over the Greyhounds and their two-game season-opener win streak. Trailing 5-4 in the second quarter, the Greyhounds scored six unanswered goals to take a 10-5 lead which was never relinquished. Goalkeeper Billy Sadtler made the first start of his college career against the Greyhounds, and made just three saves in the first half while allowing eight goals. Goalkeeper Matt Antol played the second half and made five saves while allowing five goals. Bill McCutcheon scored the first three goals of his college career in the loss, while adding a pair of assists. Tim Stratton contributed the first two career goals against the Greyhounds. The Tigers will finish their two-game homestand March 2 when they face No. 16 Denver at 1 p.m.
VILLANOVA (1-1 overall): Villanova’s home opener against Lafayette was postponed from Friday to Sunday due to inclement weather, but the Wildcats picked up a 9-6 victory for its first win of the season. Villanova gave up four-straight goals to begin the game, before roaring back with six-straight goals over the second and third quarters. Tim Driscoll netted all three of his goals during the string of six for Wildcats, while Jay Foley scored three times including the go-ahead tally with 4:00 left in the first half. Andrew DiLoreto and the Wildcats’ defense allowed just two Lafayette goals over the final 43:40 of the game after giving up four goals in the first 16:20. DiLoreto ended the game with seven saves for Villanova, while Foley has now scored three goals in each of the Wildcats’ two games this season. Villanova will travel across town March 1 for a 1 p.m. contest against the Penn Quakers.