CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonathan Engelke, Towson
Sr., A, Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale

Engelke scored three goals and added two assists in leading the Tigers to a 10-9 victory over Denver March 2. The senior attackman extended his streak of consecutive games with a point to 21-straight, and has now scored a goal in four-straight games. Engelke leads the Tigers with five goals and ranks fourth in the league with a 2.50 goals-per-game average.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Ford, Hofstra
Fr., A, Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park

Ford recorded his first collegiate hat-trick in Hofstra’s home debut win, 7-6, over Brown March 1. Ford tallied three goals on 12 shots and picked up four ground balls in the victory. He scored Hofstra’s first and last goals, and tallied the goal which put the Pride ahead 5-4 with 8:12 left in the third quarter. Ford now has five goals in his first two career games.

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

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: Three weeks into the season and the CAA has more than half of its seven squads among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Delaware (No. 9), Drexel (No. 14) and Towson (No. 18) 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 March 3 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 10 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.

TEAM NOTES

DELAWARE (4-0 overall): No. 9 Delaware improved to 4-0 on the year with a 10-8 road win at No. 19 Rutgers March 1. The Hens defeated Rutgers for the third-straight year and are now 4-0 for the third-straight season. Delaware trailed Rutgers 6-4 with 13:52 left in the third quarter, but reeled off six-straight goals, two each by Vincent Giordano and Martin Cahill, to take control. Giordano and Cahill each finished with three goals while Cahill notched his third hat-trick in four games this season. Cam Howard added two goals and an assist while Carter Bloor won 11-of-15 faceoffs. Goalkeeper Tom Scherr recorded 11 saves in his fourth win of 2008, and the 29th of his career. Delaware’s Curtis Dickson (1 goal vs. Rutgers) has now scored a goal in 13-straight games. Howard moved into 10th on the all-time Blue Hen points list with 155 (Mike Marone was 10th with 153 in 1979-82). Delaware returns home to go for five-straight wins when it hosts No. 16 Albany March 8 at 1 p.m., at Rullo Stadium.

DREXEL (3-1 overall): Five Drexel players had at least two goals as the Dragons defeated Lehigh, 13-7, last week. 14th-ranked Dragons then went on the road March 1 to top Binghamton, 3-2. Andrew Chapman scored three times for the Dragons against Lehigh, while Drexel won 17-of-23 faceoffs. The Dragons broke a 1-1 tie with three-straight goals to end the first quarter and take the lead for good over Lehigh. Jon Van Houten started the run and soon after Colin Ambler and Chapman scored to make it 4-1. Lehigh was unable to get closer than two goals the rest of the way. In the weekend game Chapman’s third-period goal broke a 1-1 tie and Joe Wojciechowski notched the fourth-quarter game-winner over Binghamton. Bruce Bickford came up big for the Dragons in the Binghamton win, making 11 saves in the cage, including four in the final period. Greg Casey scored the first goal of the contest midway through the first period before Binghamton tied it up in the second quarter. The Dragons return home to face St. John’s March 8 at 4 p.m., at Vidas Field.

HOFSTRA (1-1 overall): CAA Rookie of the Week Kevin Ford scored three goals and Mike Unterstein tallied the game-winning goal and three assists as Hofstra downed Brown, 7-6, at James M. Shuart Stadium March 1. The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one quarter on goals by Ford and Tom Interlicchio. The Bears roared back in the second quarter scoring three unanswered goals to open the period as well as one more before halftime to take a 4-3 lead at the break. Hofstra’s Tom Dooley tied the game with a man-up, bounce-shot goal, with 5:30 to play in the half, and later tallied his second of the year to tie the game at 4-4. Three minutes later Ford took a pass from Unterstein and beat the Brown goalie to give Hofstra a 5-4 advantage. Unterstein gave the Pride the lead for good just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter with his first goal of the year. Ford boosted the lead to 7-5 with an unassisted goal on a charge to the crease with 5:09 to play. The Pride will host the top-ranked defending national champion Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins March 8 at 1 p.m., at James M. Shuart Stadium.

ROBERT MORRIS (2-3 overall): Robert Morris dropped its third game of the season this past weekend, suffering a 20-9 setback to Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky. The Colonials fell behind early as the Knights used the first 12 minutes of the contest to assemble a five-goal run. The Colonials came within three early in the second but the Bellarmine offense proved to be too much as they took a 7-3 lead into halftime. The Knights outscored Robert Morris, 13-6, in the second half en route to their second victory of the season. Robert Morris was led on offense by Andrew Watt with a goal and four assist for five points. Pat Smith and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby combined for six points, including Smith’s three goals and Tao-Brambleby’s two goals and an assist. The Colonials return to action this week with two games at Joe Walton Stadium. Robert Morrist will host Presbyterian March 4 at 1 p.m., and VMI March 8 at 1 p.m.

SACRED HEART (1-0 overall): After getting snowed out of the 2008 season-opener a week ago, Sacred Heart officially got the season underway Feb. 29 with a 17-7 win at Wagner. The Pioneers got three goals and two assists from Timmy Katz and three goals from Tony Tanzi. Sacred Heart got out of the gates chalking up a 3-0 lead after goals by Bobby Karl, James Mohrman and Tanzi. Wagner got their first goal of the game at the 3:38 mark in the first quarter on a Mike Hess unassisted goal. The Pioneers closed the quarter with goals from Dan Casciano and Tanzi for a 5-1 lead. Sacred Heart kept their foot on the gas and garnered seven-straight before a late Wagner goal closed the first half. Tanzi notched his third while Evan Morgan and Katz tacked on a pair during the run. Mohrman picked up his second and Jon Flood added a goal, both with less than a minute to play in the second. The third quarter was all Sacred Heart as the Pioneers tacked on four more to take a 16-2 lead, coasting to the win. The Pioneers will play two home games this week beginning March 5 when they host Manhattan at 3 p.m., and then March 8 at 1 p.m. when Hartford comes to town.

TOWSON (1-1 overall): No. 18 Towson overcame a late Pioneer goal to edge Denver 10-9 on March 2 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The win snapped the Tigers’ three-game losing streak dating back to last season. Mitchell Rosensweig scored the first game-winning goal of his career when he broke a 9-9 tie with an unassisted tally with 18 seconds left in the game. The Baltimore, Md., native won the face-off (11-of-13 in the game) and scored on a breakaway for his first goal of the season. CAA Player of the Week Jonathan Engelke recorded the 10th hat-trick of his career with a three-goal, two-assist performance against the Pioneers. Engelke also extended his streak of consecutive games with a point to 21-straight while scoring a goal for the fourth game in a row. Tim Stratton tallied the first two assists of his career and now has four points on the season. Randall Cooper tied a career high with a four-point outing in the win over Denver, scoring three goals with an assist. The Tigers will play their first road game of the season March 8 when they take on No. 6 Maryland at 1 p.m., at Ludwig Field

VILLANOVA (1-2 overall): Villanova dropped a narrow 7-6 loss to crosstown rival Penn March 1 at Franklin Field. Andrew DiLoreto came up with 13 saves to keep the game close against the Quakers. After falling behind 4-1 early in the second quarter, the Wildcats struck twice using goals from Jay Foley and Mike Brennan in a span of 16 seconds to get back to within 4-3. The early deficit proved to be too much to overcome however, as Villanova came within one goal one more time in the third following a score by Tim Driscoll. In addition to the strong play in goal by DiLoreto, the Wildcats got two goals from Tim Langan, while Foley notched the second-quarter goal and an assist. Next up for Villanova is a midweek home game against No. 5 Notre Dame beginning at 4 p.m.