CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Timmy Katz, Sacred Heart
So., A, Freeport, N.Y./Freeport

Katz scored eight goals in two games, leading the Pioneers to wins over Manhattan and Hartford. Katz opened the week with a two-goal effort against the Jaspers. Katz was key in the Pioneers come-from-behind win over the Hawks. Katz’s career-high six goals helped SHU erase a six-goal deficit and comeback for an 11-10 win. On the day he scored six times on eight shots, finishing the two-game week with eight goals on 11 shots.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jay Card, Hofstra
Fr., A, Caledon, Ontario, Canada/The Hill Academy

Card scored four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, giving the Pride an 8-7 victory over top-ranked and defending national champion Johns Hopkins. He scored the hat-trick in the first quarter as Hofstra built a 6-3 lead. Hopkins tied the game in the third, and later again with 1:15 to play in regulation, before Card scored the game-winner two minutes into overtime. For Card, the four goals marked the first of his career.

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

A TOTAL OF THREE CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: A total of 29 games have been played by the CAA’s seven league schools and more than half of its seven squads are among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Delaware (No. 7), Hofstra (No. 10), and Drexel (No. 14) lead the way, while Towson and Sacred Heart come in as one of 11 teams just outside the Top-20. All three ranked squads are also part of the March 10 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 8 Delaware, No. 13 Hofstra (which handed previous No. 1 Johns Hopkins its first loss over the weekend) and No. 14 Drexel -- and Towson is also just outside the poll.

CAA LACROSSE IN THE NATIONAL TOP-5 STATISTICALLY: A total of three CAA teams rank among the Top-10 in seven different categories nationally through games played prior to March 9. Sacred Heart has the third-ranked scoring offense in the country averaging 14.0 goals per game. The Pioneers also hold the third-best scoring-margin in the nation of 6.33 goals/game. Sacred Heart and Delaware are tied for the nation’s best win percentage as both teams have yet to lose a contest in 2008. The Blue Hens are also among the Top-10 in scoring offense, coming in sixth with an average of 12.6 per game, while their man-up offense is averaging a national-best 0.8 goals/attempts. Delaware’s scoring margin is seventh-best overall with a mark of 5.0 goals per game. Drexel is the third CAA team among the national Top-10 statistics. The Dragons rank ninth in scoring defense limiting foes to just 6.2 goals per game, while also ranking ninth in face-off win percentage with a mark of .570. Drexel’s 4-1 overall mark gives them a win percentage of .800, good for eighth-best in the country.

TIMMY KATZ AND CURTIS DICKSON LEAD THE NATION: Sacred Heart’s Timmy Katz and Delaware’s Curtis Dickson are 1-2 among the countries top goal scorers this season. Katz has tallied 11 goals in three games for the Pioneers, giving him a 3.67 goals/game average. Dickson total of 17 goals in five games puts him at 3.40 goals/game and second in the country. Katz, a sophomore, tallied a national-best six goals in Sacred Heart’s 11-10 win over Hartford this past weekend. Dickson, also a sophomore, tallied a league-high eight points in the Blue Hens’ win over Marist (Feb. 23) which places him tied for third in the nation among single-game point scorers.

THE PRIDE’S ROAR: Freshman attack Jay Card scored the game-winner with 1:51 left in the first overtime as Hofstra shocked the top-ranked and defending National Champion Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 8-7, at James M. Shuart Stadium March 8. Card’s game-high fourth tally of the contest came off a Johns Hopkins turnover near midfield, junior attack Tom Dooley picked it up and passed to junior midfielder Anthony Muscarella, who in turn sent it to Card standing alone to the right of the cage. The win marked the first-ever for the Pride over a No. 1-ranked foe.

EIGHT CAA STANDOUTS ON THE TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: A total of eight CAA Men’s Lacrosse players are 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).

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 (5-0 overall): No. 7 Delaware improved to 5-0 for the third-straight season with an 8-7 triple overtime win over Albany March 8. Martin Cahill scored his only goal of the game with 2:12 left in the third overtime in the midst of a heavy downpour to lead the Hens. He scored from 20 yards out on the left side off a fastbreak. Curtis Dickson led the Hens with four goals and an assist while Vincent Giordano had two goals and an assist. Tom Scherr recorded 18 saves in the win, his 30th career game. The game marked the first in Delaware history to go to three overtimes. The Hens have now won six of their last seven overtime games. After committing 41 penalties in their first four games, Delaware had just two penalties in the win over Albany. The Blue Hens will play twice this week, heading to No. 12 Georgetown for a game March 12, then hosting Stony Brook March 15 at Rullo Stadium. Delaware will be looking to start 7-0 for the second time in three years after going 7-0 in 2006. The Hens are 0-6 all-time versus Georgetown, but lost a one-point game last season.

DREXEL (4-1 overall): Bruce Bickford made 17 saves while the Drexel defense allowed just three goals as the Dragons downed St. John’s, 6-3, March 8. Scott Perri, making his first career appearance, and Andrew Chapman each scored a pair of goals as Drexel won its fourth-straight to improve its mark to 4-1 on the season. The Red Storm opened the game with a pair of goals, but the Drexel defense responded not just by shutting down the Red Storm offense -- it created offensive opportunities. Steve Grossi picked off a pass in the defensive zone and sprinted to the other end of the field where he flipped the ball to Chapman who put the Dragons on the board. Less than three minutes into the second period, Grossi again intercepted a pass, this time at midfield and eventually found Perri in front who notched his first career goal to tie the score. Minutes later, Kevin Dart picked up a groundball on defense and raced the other direction where went unchallenged before firing a shot which gave the Dragons a 3-2 lead. Chris O’Connor wrapped up the first half scoring with a goal on an Chapman assist giving Drexel a 4-2 lead. The Dragons put the game away in the fourth with Chapman and Perri each notching their second goals of the game while the Drexel defense shutout the Red Storm. Over his last two games, All-America candidate Bickford has made 28 saves while allowing a total of just five goals.

HOFSTRA (2-1 overall): CAA Rookie of the Week Jay Card scored the game-winner with 1:51 left in the first overtime as Hofstra shocked previously-ranked No. 1 and defending National Champion Johns Hopkins, 8-7, at James M. Shuart Stadium March 8. Card’s game-high fourth tally of the contest came off a Johns Hopkins turnover near midfield, which Tom Dooley picked up and passed to Anthony Muscarella, who in turn sent it to Card standing alone to the right of the cage. The win was Hofstra’s first-ever over a No. 1 ranked opponent in men’s lacrosse. Danny Orlando made 14 saves for Hofstra to pick up the victory. In addition to Card, Muscarella tallied two goals and one assist while Dan Stein came off the injured list to score a key goal which gave the Pride a 7-6 lead in the fourth quarter. The game was the Pride’s third contest, in all sports, against a team ranked in the Top-2 in the nation over the last month. Wrestling faced No. 2 Nebraska in February while women’s lacrosse faced top-ranked Northwestern. Hofstra will look to ride the momentum into its next contest at Princeton March 15. The game, slated for 2:30 p.m., will be televised live by ESPNU.

ROBERT MORRIS (3-3 overall): Robert Morris stayed perfect at home with a 16-5 victory over Presbyterian March 4. The Colonials dismantled the Blue Hose with runs of eight and six goals to move to 2-0 in the confines of Joe Walton Stadium. Andrew Watt led the offense with three goals and two assists for a total of five points. Brandon Johnson and Billy Conques combined for seven goals and eight total points. Johnson netted a career-high four goals, while Conques tallied three goals and an assist. Sal Barcia recorded the win with eight saves in goal. The Colonials take on VMI this week in a make-up of a postponed March 8 contest -- due to inclement conditions. Robert Morris will then welcome No. 19 Ohio State at Joe Walton Stadium, March 15.

SACRED HEART (3-0 overall): The Pioneers are off to a 3-0 start to the season after come from behind wins over Manhattan and Hartford this week. Nine different players scored goals in the win over Manhattan led by junior Dan Casciano who finished with a career-high three scores in the win. Sacred Heart’s Zach Smith dominated on face-off’s, winning 17-of-23 with a game-high 11 ground balls. Casciano also added an assist to his three scores for a game-high four points. Tony Tanzi finished with a pair of goals and an assist. Zack Frank came on in relief in goal for the Pioneers and made four saves in the cage to earn his first career win. Sacred Heart needed to battle their way out of a six-goal hole in the second half against Hartford to come away with an 11-10 win over the Hawks. CAA Player of the Week Timmy Katz led the charge with a career-high six goals to erase an early third quarter deficit. Bobby Rushton gave the Pioneers the lead with his second goal of the game 2:10 into the fourth quarter. Katz made it 11-9 with an unassisted goal with 3:40 left in the game. Frank, making his first career start, recovered from a slow start to make 16 saves in the cage for the Pioneers to pick up the win.

TOWSON (1-2 overall): With a 12-7 loss against No. 6 Maryland March 8, the Tigers dropped to 1-2 on the season. The victory mark the Terps’ seventh-straight over the Tigers, dating back to the 2002 season. Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers in the loss against Maryland with a goal and two assists. He extended his streak of consecutive games with a point to 22-straight while scoring a goal for the fifth-straight game. Engelke is the Tigers’ leading scorer with six goals and four assists through the first three games this season. Blake Best, making his season debut after missing the first two games with an injury, scored a goal and tallied an assist in the loss to the Terrapins. Best is a graduate student at Towson after transferring from Lehigh after last season. Billy Sadtler made his third-straight goal for the Tigers and posted a career-high nine saves in the first half before being replaced by Matt Antol, who posted four saves. The Tigers will return home March 15 to host No. 2 Virginia at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium at 3:30 p.m. The game will mark the 15th all-time meeting between the Tigers and the Cavaliers in a series which Virginia leads by a 10-4 margin.

VILLANOVA (1-3 overall): Villanova played No. 8 Notre Dame in a home game for its only contest of the week and was defeated 16-6. The Wildcats outshot the Fighting Irish 36-35 in the contest. However, between the second and third quarters of the game Villanova owned a 27-17 shot advantage but was outscored 6-1 in the span. Notre Dame led 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and 12-2 at the end of the third period before both teams notched four goals in the final frame. Tim Driscoll continued his strong play this season for the Wildcats with two goals and one assist against Notre Dame. In doing so, he took over the team lead with eight goals this season and continues to rank second with nine total points. Tim Atkins scored two goals and R.J. Lyons dished out two assists in the game for the Wildcats. The helpers were the first of Lyons collegiate career, while his only previous points had been on two goals scored in his freshman campaign.