CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jonathan Engelke, Towson
Sr., A, Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Engelke scored four goals and added five assists in helping Towson to a split of its two games last week. After a goal and an assist against UMBC last Tuesday, the senior tallied a season-high seven points in the Tigers’ 10-7 win over Delaware. Engelke, now a two-time Player of the Week, scored three goals, including the 100th of his career, and had a career-high four assists in the victory. Engelke leads the Tigers with 20 goals and 13 assists.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jay Card, Hofstra
Fr., A, Caledon, Ontario, Canada/The Hill Academy
Card tallied career bests of five goals, two assists and seven points in the Pride’s 20-3 victory over Sacred Heart Saturday. The two-time Rookie of the Week posted his third hat-trick of the year, the first three in the second quarter, and topped his previous best of four goals against then top-ranked Johns Hopkins. Card now has 15 goals and five assists for 20 points in his freshman season.
TWO CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: A total of 61 games have been played by the CAA’s seven league schools and two of its seven squads are among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Drexel (No. 10) and Hofstra (No. 20) lead the way, while both Delaware and Towson are among five schools receiving votes. Both the Dragons and Pride are also part of the April 7 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 12 Drexel and No. 20 Hofstra -- Delaware and Towson are also just outside the poll.
CAA LACROSSE IN THE NATIONAL TOP-10 STATISTICALLY: A total of three CAA teams rank among the Top-10 in six different categories nationally through games played prior to April 7. Delaware’s man-up scoring percentage of .459 ranks No. 6, while its overall scoring offense of 10.82 goals/game is 10th-best overall. Drexel ranks No. 10 nationally in scoring defense (6.91 goals/game), owns the nation’s fifth-best face-off winning percentage at .601 and has the fifth-best winning percentage at .818 (9-2). Hofstra’s man-up offense is among the Top-3 nationally with a success rate of .517, while the Pride’s man-down defense is limiting opponents an .810 success rate, good for sixth-best in the country.
TWO CAA INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTS AMONG NATIONAL TOP-10 STATISTICALLY: Delaware’s Curtis Dickson has a point per game average of 3.91 which not only leads the league, but also ranks as the 10th-best scoring average in the country. Dickson’s 2.91 goals per game is tops in the CAA and is the fifth-best mark in the country. Drexel’s Bruce Bickford leads the league in both goals-against average (6.64) and save percentage (.644) -- both totals also place him among the Top-5 in the country. His GAA is fifth-best in the nation, while just one keeper in the country has a better save percentage than the Dragon’s Bickford.
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.
DELAWARE (7-4 overall, 1-1 CAA): Delaware lost its second-straight game and its first CAA contest of the year in a 10-7 setback at Towson April 5. Delaware jumped out to a 6-2 first-half lead but Towson came back to score eight-straight goals and held the Hens scoreless for 32:13 until the final minutes. Beau Davis led the Hens with two goals while Martin Cahill had a goal and two assists, Curtis Dickson had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Giordano dished out three assists. Dickson has now scored a goal in 20-straight games and a point in 21-straight. Cahill has scored a goal in all 11 games this season. Tom Scherr posted 14 saves and upped his career total to 510, becoming just the sixth UD player to reach the 500 mark for his career. Towson took advantage of nine Delaware penalties by scoring four man-up goals. Delaware has committed 81 penalties this season compared to an opponent total of 38. Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw will coach career games No. 509 and No. 510 this week. Shillinglaw will tie the all-time college record for games coached in the matchup at Hofstra (510 by Jack Emmer at Cortland State, Washington & Lee, and Army in 1970-2005). The Hens face a pivotal week as they host Drexel April 9 at Rullo Stadium and travel to Hofstra April 12. Scherr has been selected one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Delaware had a six-game win streak vs. CAA opponents snapped vs. Towson.
No. 10 DREXEL (9-2 overall, 2-0 CAA): Andrew Chapman led a balanced scoring attack with three goals as Drexel defeated Robert Morris, 11-7. Bruce Bickford made 15 saves in the win, while Chapman scored three goals. Adam Dennis, Ron Garling and Scott Perri each scored twice. Nick Kusturiss was 7-for-11 on face offs for the Dragons who finished 11-for-22 in the category. Drexel raced out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed. After Drexel jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Robert Morris scored three straight goals in the final three minutes of the second quarter to make it a 4-3 game at halftime. That was as close as the Colonials would come as Drexel scored the next four goals of the game. Garling scored just eight seconds into the third quarter as Kusturiss won the face-off clean and set up the goal. Perri added a man-up goal midway through the third and Chapman scored a pair in the final five minutes of the quarter as Drexel took a commanding 8-3 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Dragons led 11-5 before the Colonials scored a pair of goals in the final 49 seconds to make it an 11-7 game. Drexel will play a pair of road conference games this week when it travels to Delaware April 9, and later to Towson April 12.
No. 20 HOFSTRA (4-4 overall, 2-1 CAA): CAA Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week Jay Card and Tom Dooley each scored five goals as the Hofstra Pride defeated Sacred Heart, 20-3, April 5. The Pride, who snapped a two-game losing skid, improved to 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in CAA play with the win. Card posted career-bests of five goals, two assists and seven points in the Pride onslaught. Dooley tallied five goals for the fourth time in his career and fell just one tally short of his career best of six goals, set against Sacred Heart in 2006. Dooley also assisted on one goal, and now has 78 goals and 17 assists for 95 points in 41 games during his career. Dan Stein added a season-best three goals and career-bests of three assists and six points in the contest. Hofstra travels to Villanova April 9 for a 7 p.m. game. The Pride is 6-4 against Villanova but the Wildcats are 3-2 against Hofstra in the last five meetings, including last year’s 9-8 victory in Hempstead, N.Y. Hofstra will host Delaware April 12 in a MSG+ televised game at 1 p.m. The Pride is 19-10 against the Blue Hens but UD is 3-3 against Hofstra in the last six meetings.
ROBERT MORRIS (4-7 overall, 0-3 CAA): Robert Morris overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first quarter and pulled within one heading into halftime, but Drexel held tight on defense with a shutout performance in the third quarter as it cruised to an 11-7 victory. Four different Colonials recorded two points against the Dragons including Andrew Watt, Corbyn Tao-Brambleby, Billy Conques and Keith Lee. Watt and Tao-Brambleby scored two goals each while Conques and Lee added a goal and assist apiece. Along with the two points, Lee also won 7-of-12 faceoffs taken. After falling behind, 4-0, in the first quarter, Robert Morris returned the favor in the second by pitching a shutout frame and adding three scores in the final three minutes. Watt led the attack with back-to-back goals followed by a score from Tao-Brambleby to bring the team within one with just: 09 showing on the clock. Despite the rally, Drexel turned the tables and iced the game in the third with four-straight scores to take an 8-3 advantage into the fourth quarter. Robert Morris outscored the Dragons, 4-3, in the final frame with Conques, Tao-Brambleby, Lee and Michael Fleming netting goals to close out the Colonial scoring. Robert Morris will host Canisius in a non-conference game April 8, before welcoming Villanova to town April 12.
SACRED HEART (6-3 overall, 1-2 CAA): The Pioneers are a perfect 5-0 at home in 2008. Sacred Heart has earned Campus Field wins over Manhattan, Hartford, Massachusetts, Robert Morris and Quinnipiac. Sacred Heart’s previous best starts were in 2005 when they went 4-1 to open with a win over nationally ranked Dartmouth on the road, a program first, and in 2003 when they opened 4-2. The Pioneers are 2-2 this season when trailing at the half but both wins have come with SHU chasing five goals to start the second half against a pair of fellow Nutmeg State schools. Sacred Heart found themselves in a 8-3 hole earlier in the season against Hartford and battled their way back to an 11-10 win thanks to Timmy Katz, who scored five of his career-high six goals in the second half. The Pioneers found themselves in the exact same position against Quinnipiac -- down 8-3 at the break, SHU rattled off eight-straight to start the second half en route to a 14-10 win. Dan Casciano led this SHU comeback, matching Katz’s six-goal effort with five coming the second half in the comeback. Hofstra scored 14-straight goals starting in the second quarter through the end of the game while converting eight-of-10 man-up opportunities and keeping Sacred Heart off the scored board in the second half en route to a 20-3 run away win. The Pioneers were held scoreless for the last 40:41 of play, managing a season-low three goals on just 18 shots.
TOWSON (3-6 overall, 2-1 CAA): Towson split a pair of games to improve to 3-6 overall and 2-1 in the CAA. After a 9-6 loss to UMBC April 1, the Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to post a 10-7 victory over Delaware April 5 marking the Tigers’ fourth win over the Blue Hens in the last seven meetings. Of the Tigers’ three wins this season, two of them have been come-from-behind victories. Towson used an eight-goal run to overcome a 6-2 deficit against the Blue Hens -- the longest run since a 14-goal spurt against Robert Morris last year in a 16-3 win at Unitas Stadium. CAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers to the victory over Delaware, recording a season-high seven points. He scored three goals, including the 100th of his career, and added a career-high four assists. Engelke became the sixth player in school history to reach 100 career goals and the first player since Matt Clune. In five career games against Delaware, Engelke has scored 13 goals with seven assists. After last week’s games, Engelke has scored a goal in 10-straight games and tallied a point in 28-straight contests. Bill McCutcheon scored a career-high four goals with an assist. Billy Sadtler helped the Tigers last week by posting 25 saves in two games. He made a career-high 13 saves in the loss to UMBC, before posting a 12-save performance against the Blue Hens. Towson will travel to Sacred Heart for a 2 p.m. game against the Pioneers April 9. The Tigers will return to Unitas Stadium April 12 to host Drexel in a 3 p.m. game, televised on CN8
VILLANOVA (3-7 overall, 1-1 CAA): Seven different players broke into the scoring column and Villanova produced its best defensive effort in more than seven years in a 7-2 victory over Manhattan April 5. The two goals Villanova allowed in its win at Manhattan were the fewest the team had allowed since a 10-2 victory over Lehigh on March 18, 2001. The Wildcats have allowed as few as one or two goals in a game nine times in school history and only three times since the 1993 season. The only previous time Villanova had ever allowed as few as two goals in a road game came in a 14-1 win at Lafayette on April 9, 1997. The Wildcats had been 0-5 on the road this season prior to the win over Manhattan. The team will play twice at home and twice on the road in its final four contests, which are all leagues games on the CAA schedule. Villanova’s last road win before this past Saturday came in a 9-8 triumph at Hofstra last season. The Wildcats will host Hofstra, April 9, at 7 p.m., then travel to Robert Morris this weekend, April 12.