CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Paul Webber, Villanova
So., A, Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset
Scored six of Villanova’s seven goals in a win over Sacred Heart. The sophomore scored the last six goals of the game, while four of his goals gave the Wildcats a lead in a back-and-forth contest. His first goal tied the score after the Pioneers jumped in front. His final goal was the game-winner with just 33 seconds left in the game. The six goals were a career high and the most scored in a game by a Villanova player this season.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan West, Drexel
So., FO/M, Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur
West won 12-of-14 faceoffs while garnering a goal and one assist in the Dragons’ win over Hofstra. Twice, the sophomore setup goals in the first 10 seconds of the quarter after winning the faceoff, once with an assist and later on a secondary assist. West finished with a goal off a faceoff won and an assist as well as eight ground balls against the Pride. West finished the two-game week 13-of-18 on faceoffs.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tim Stratton, Towson
Fr., A, Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township
Stratton tallied five goals and one assist for the Tigers last week. The freshman recorded the first hat-trick of his career with a three-goal effort against No. 15 Bucknell, before adding a pair of goals with an assist against Robert Morris. Stratton, who has scored a goal in four-straight games, is tied for third on the team with 14 points, scoring nine goals with nine assists.
A TOTAL OF THREE CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: A total of 55 games have been played by the CAA’s seven league schools and three of its seven squads are among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Drexel (No. 10), Delaware (No. 17) and Hofstra (No. 20) lead the way. All three ranked squads are also part of the March 31 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 13 Drexel, No. 18 Delaware and No. 19 Hofstra -- Towson is also just outside the poll.
CAA LACROSSE IN THE NATIONAL TOP-10 STATISTICALLY: A total of four CAA teams rank among the Top-10 in six different categories nationally through games played prior to March 30. Delaware’s man-up scoring percentage of .485 ranks No. 5. Drexel ranks No. 10 nationally in scoring defense (6.9 goals/game), owns the nation’s fourth-best face-off winning percentage at .608 and has the seventh-best winning percentage at .800 (8-2). Hofstra’s man-down defense is limiting opponents an .813 success rate, good for sixth-best in the country. Sacred Heart’s 11.43 goals per game scoring average ranks No. 9 in the country.
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.
No. 17 DELAWARE (7-3 overall): No. 17 Delaware had a 1-1 week, defeating Lehigh 9-2 on March 25 and falling at home to Brown 9-6 March 29. The Hens defeated Lehigh for the 24th straight time, while the two goals allowed was the lowest by a Delaware team since a 16-2 win over Wagner in 2006. Tom Scherr matched a career-high with 19 saves as the Blue Hens shutout the Mountain Hawks in the second half. Cam Howard was in on seven goals with four tallies and three assists. Curtis Dickson had three goals and Vincent Giordano had a goal and three assists in the win. Delaware faced Brown, Saturday, for the first time since 1964. Martin Cahill led the Hens with three goals and one assist. The Bears scored four extra-man goals and led 7-1 before the Blue Hens’ rally fell short. Howard finished with five goals and four assists on the week. Dickson scored in the final minute against Brown to keep his streaks of 19-straight games with a goal and 20-straight games with a point alive. Howard moved into ninth place on the Delaware career scoring list with 172 points. Howard has 96 career assists and needs four to become just the fourth UD player to reach 100 for a career. Cahill notched his sixth career hat trick vs. Brown. The Hens have won six-straight games against CAA opponents and will continue CAA play April 5 at Towson in a game to be televised by ESPNU and WMAR-TV in Baltimore at noon.
No. 10 DREXEL (8-2 overall): No. 10 Drexel beat Hofstra, 9-8, March 29 for the second-straight time after losing the first 18 meetings in the series. Bruce Bickford made 20 saves for the Dragons in the 13-6 loss at Notre Dame, and followed it up with nine in the win against Hofstra. Bickford’s saves against the Pride, included a save on a breakaway in OT which helped secure the win. Andrew Chapman scored four goals in the contest against Hofstra, including the game-winner as the Dragons rallied from a 7-2 deficit at halftime. Drexel won 18-of-22 draws against Hofstra, largely thanks to CAA Men’s Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week Ryan West (12-of-14). The Dragons’ No. 10 ranking marks the highest ever in program history. Drexel is back in action, April 5 in a home conference matchup with Robert Morris at 1 p.m.
No. 20 HOFSTRA (3-4 overall): Army’s Jason Peyer scored from a sharp angle with just two seconds remaining to give Army an 8-7 victory over No. 20 Hofstra March 25. As time ran down, Peyer took a pass 15 yards to the left and five yards in front of Hofstra’s Danny Orlando, and fired a bullet high into the cage for the victory. Hofstra was led by Dan Stein with two goals and one assist while Tom Dooley added two goals in the Army loss. Andrew Chapman’s fourth goal of the game at 1:19 of the second overtime gave Drexel a 9-8 win over Hofstra March 29. Michael Colleluori recorded two goals and two assists to lead the Pride while Jay Card tallied his second hat-trick of the season with three goals. The Pride host Sacred Heart April 5 at 1 p.m. Hofstra leads the series, 6-0. The Pride had its fourth one-goal decision and its second overtime contest at Drexel and is now 2-2 in one goal games and 1-1 in OT games. Hofstra, which has split its last eight overtime contests, is 7-4 in their last 11 OT games since the start of 2001.
ROBERT MORRIS (4-6 overall): Robert Morris suffered a heartbreaking loss to Towson, 9-8, at Joe Walton Stadium, March 29. The Colonials put on a dominating performance until the third quarter, when the Tigers crept back into the game with a four-goal run which propelled them to victory. Andrew Watt, who scored three goals to increase his team-leading total to 33 points on the year, paced RMU on offense against the Tigers. Michael Fleming, Billy Conques and Trevor Moore each had a goal and an assist. Moore now has 10 points on the season including five goals and five assists. Sal Barcia was outstanding with 16 saves and nine goals allowed on the week. The Colonials visit No. 10 Drexel this weekend for a CAA showdown, April 5.
SACRED HEART (5-2 overall): Villanova’s Paul Webber scored four of his six goals in the second half including the game-winner with 33 seconds left to lift the Wildcats past Sacred Heart, 7-6, March 29. The Wildcat defense held the Pioneers’ league-leading offense (12.33 gpg) to just six goals on 14 total shots. Timmy Katz led the Pioneers with three goals and an assist against Villanova. Despite being outshot 6-2 in the first quarter, the Pioneers made both their attempts on goal count as Katz buried a feed from Evan Morgan at 13:08 and Nicholas Russo closed the quarter with a goal at 23 seconds for a 2-0 lead. The Pioneers will host non-conference foe Quinnipiac April 2 at 3 p.m., before returning to CAA play with a roadtrip to No. 20 Hofstra April 5 at 1 p.m.
TOWSON (2-5 overall): Towson improved to 2-5 overall this season and 1-1 in the CAA with a split last week. The Tigers opened the week with a 12-10 loss to Bucknell, before posting a 9-8 win at Robert Morris, marking the Tigers’ first road win of the year in three outings. Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers with six goals and three assists in two games. He matched a season high with five points in the Tigers’ loss against Bucknell before a four-point outing at Robert Morris. Engelke, who leads the Tigers with 16 goals and eight assists, has recorded a point in 26-straight games and has an eight-game goal scoring streak. He also moved into a tie for sixth place on the Tigers’ career goals list with 96 and needs just four more goals to become the sixth player in school history with 100 career goals. Billy Sadtler had a career-night against Bucknell, making a career-high 12 saves. He also became the first goalkeeper to record two assists in the same game as he helped on goals by Engelke and Randall Cooper. CAA Rookie of the Week Tim Stratton recorded the first hat-trick of his career with a three-goal effort against Bucknell. He also had a two-goal, one-assist performance at Robert Morris. The Tigers will play two home games this week, the first against UMBC, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Towson will resume its CAA schedule when it hosts Delaware at 12 p.m. on ESPNU and WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Md. The Tigers and the Blue Hens will be meeting for the 48th time in a series which Towson leads by a 32-15 margin.
VILLANOVA (2-7 overall): Villanova snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over Sacred Heart March 29, picking up its first conference win of the season. The Wildcats scored the game-winning goal with just 33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. CAA Co-Player of the Week Paul Webber scored a career-high six goals for Villanova, notching the team’s final six tallies of the game. Four of his goals gave Villanova the lead in a back-and-forth contest, while his first score tied the game at 2-2 in the second quarter. The Wildcats outshot the Pioneers by a 43-14 count and did an effective job of controlling the ball during the game. T.J. O’Donnell won 9-of-17 face-offs and Andrew DiLoreto made six saves in the contest. The victory was a critical one for the Wildcats as they battle for position in the CAA regular season standings. Villanova evened its league record at 1-1 by snapping its losing streak. The Wildcats will take a break from conference play this weekend when they travel to Manhattan April 5 at 7 p.m.