CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Curtis Dickson, Delaware
So., A, Port Coquitlam, B.C./Riverside
Curtis Dickson led Delaware to a 1-1 week against two Top-20 CAA foes. The now three-time Player of the Week had 12 points in two games, scoring a career-high six goals (including the game-winner) while dishing out an assists in a 12-11 win over Drexel. He then had three goals and two assists in a loss to Hofstra. Dickson upped his season total to 41 goals, which is the third-best total in the nation.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Trevor Moore, Robert Morris
Fr., A, Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve Academy
Trevor Moore came into last week with just nine points on the season, but left the week doubling his total and now has 23 points on the year. The freshman scored a season-high five goals and added two assists in RMU’s OT-loss to Canisius, then posted four goals and a helper against Villanova in another OT setback. Seven of his nine goals on the week came in the fourth quarter. Moore now has 14 goals and nine assists on the season.
TWO CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: With just 10 regular season games left to play, two of the CAA’s seven squads are among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Drexel (No. 14) and Hofstra (No. 20) lead the way, while Delaware is among five schools receiving votes. Both the Dragons and Pride are also part of the April 14 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 18 Drexel and No. 20 Hofstra -- Delaware and Towson are just outside the poll.
CAA LACROSSE IN THE NATIONAL TOP-10 STATISTICALLY: A total of three CAA teams rank among the Top-10 in four different categories nationally through games played prior to April 14. Hofstra’s man-up offense is among the Top-2 nationally with a success rate of .541. Delaware’s man-up scoring percentage of .420 ranks No. 8 in the country. Drexel ranks No. 10 nationally in face-off winning percentage (.581) and owns the nation’s eighth-best winning percentage at .769 (10-3).
TWO CAA INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTS AMONG NATIONAL TOP-10 STATISTICALLY: Delaware’s Curtis Dickson, the now three-time CAA Player of the Week, has a point per game average of 4.23 which not only leads the league, but also ranks as the sixth-best scoring average in the country. Dickson’s 3.15 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 save percentage (.628) and is among the Top-3 national in the category.
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 (8-5 overall, 2-2 CAA): Delaware had a 1-1 week against two Top-20 CAA foes. The Blue Hens defeated Drexel 12-11, April 9, at home to snap a two-game losing streak. Delaware then fell on the road at Hofstra, 11-8, April 12. The Drexel game featured three ties but the Hens never trailed. CAA Player of the Week Curtis Dickson scored a career-high six goals and dished out an assist while Cam Howard had two goals and two assists. Martin Cahill also scored twice in the contest, and a goal by Beau Davis with 4:28 left proved to be the game-winner. Tom Scherr recorded 17 saves against Drexel. The Hens scored two short-handed goals against the Dragons, but allowed three extra-man goals. Five of the last nine games between Delaware and Drexel have been decided by a goal. Delaware fell to Hofstra despite pulling to within 8-7 with 8:48 left to play. Hofstra scored five extra-man goals against the Hens to pick up the win. The Blue Hens have now lost six-straight in Hempstead, N.Y. Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw coached his 510th career game in the loss at Hofstra, tying the all-time NCAA record for games coaches set by Jack Emmer at Cortland State, Washington & Lee, and Army in 1970-2005. Shillinglaw will break the record April 19 against Robert Morris. Dickson had three goals and two assists against Hofstra and Vincent Giordano scored three times and dished out an assist. Dickson, Cahill, and Howard have scored a point in every game for Delaware this season. Dickson has now scored a goal in 22-straight games, tied for the fourth longest streak in UD history and the longest since the 1981 season. Dickson upped his season goal total to 41 on the season following the Hofstra game. Delaware continues to be hurt by penalties as it has committed 101 this season compared to opponents’ 51. The Blue Hens have been outscored on man-up goals by a 32-21 margin. Delaware returns home April 19 to take on Robert Morris in the final regular season home game of the season. Delaware will celebrate 60 Years of Delaware Lacrosse at the game and will honor past players and announce an all-time team selected by fans on-line.
No. 14 DREXEL (10-3 overall, 3-1 CAA): The 14th-ranked Drexel Dragons were 3-34 all-time against Towson before topping the Tigers, 10-9, for a key CAA win April 13. The win broke a nine-game skid in the all-time series with Towson. The Dragons’ other wins over Towson came in 1998 (in Philly), 1964 and 1962 (sites unkown). Saturday’s win was also the first win for Coach Chris Bates over the Tigers, and marked the first Drexel win at Unitas Stadium. Bruce Bickford made 13 saves in the win. Andrew Chapman had his seventh hat trick of the season in the win and now has 31 goals on the season. Chapman’s 73 goals in his two-year career gives him a tie for 16th all-time at Drexel. This season marks the first time in Drexel history the Dragons have beaten rivals Hofstra and Towson in the same year. Drexel is now 5-1 in one-goal games after falling at Delaware, 12-11, and beating Towson, 10-9. The Dragons control their own destiny in the quest for the league title, and will host Sacred Heart, April 19, at 3 p.m.
No. 20 HOFSTRA (6-4 overall, 4-1 CAA): Jay Card scored his third goal of the contest with just one second remaining in the second overtime to give No. 20 Hofstra a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Villanova on the road, April 9. Card recorded the fourth hat-trick of his rookie season, including one in each of his last three outings, and his third game-winning goal including two in overtime. Tom Interlicchio added two goals in the win for the Pride. Michael Unterstein tallied three goals and two assists and Card added three goals and one assist to lead the Pride to an 11-8 victory over Delaware at James M. Shuart Stadium April 12. The Pride has now won three-straight league games dating back to April 5. Unterstein equaled his career-best, first achieved against Sacred Heart in 2007, with five points on the day. Card recorded his fourth consecutive hat-trick and his fifth of the season. In his last four games the Canadian newcomer has notched 14 goals and four assists. Tom Dooley and Dan Stein each posted two goals and one assist in the winning effort. Hofstra will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., April 19, for a non-conference game against the 13th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Pride is 6-1 all-time against UNC, including a 6-5 win in 2006 -- the most recent meeting.
ROBERT MORRIS (4-9 overall, 0-4 CAA): Robert Morris fought through two fourth-quarter deficits and tied the game with just under a minute remaining only to see Canisius vacate Joe Walton Stadium with a 16-15 overtime victoryApril 8. CAA Rookie of the Week Trevor Moore led the team with a career-high seven points, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Andrew Watt and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby had four points apiece. Watt increased his team-leading point total to 39 on the season with three goals and an assist. Tao-Brambleby tallied a goal and added three assists. Dan Kerch and Billy Conques contributed six points in the loss. Kerch scored his second hat-trick of the season while Conques picked up two goals and a helper. The Colonials dropped their second overtime contest of the week April 12, to Villanova in double overtime. Having to rally for the second time this week, Robert Morris overcame an 8-6 deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to the late heroics of Moore. The rookie attackman single-handedly outscored the Wildcats, 4-2, in the frame and gave Robert Morris a 10-9 lead with 5:58 remaining in regulation. However, Villanova rallied as well, scoring on a goal by Tim Langan with just :19 showing on the clock to force overtime. RMU weathered the Wildcats fury through the first overtime period with John Kennedy making two key saves. Kennedy finished the game with a career-high 16-save performance in his first start of the year. Robert Morris travels to Delaware this weekend for a 1 p.m. contest, April 19.
SACRED HEART (6-4 overall, 1-3 CAA): Towson scored twice in the last 30 seconds of the first quarter to ignite a 9-0 run as the Tigers dealt Sacred Heart a 17-5 loss on Campus Field. SHU got three goals from Dan Casciano as it fall to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the CAA. The first 10 minutes of play featured both teams struggling to shake off early turnovers and establish an offense. The Pioneers struck first with Casciano burying one unassisted. Towson broke through with 31 seconds left in the quarter as Jonathan Engelke buried his first off a feed from Brian Vetter. The Tigers took the ensuing face-off and struck pay dirt before the horn as Clint Brakebill delivered his first of the season with 10 ticks left to close the quarter and get his team off and running on the deciding 9-0 jaunt. The Tigers scored seven-straight to start the second quarter to take a 9-1 lead with 4:40 left. Towson out shot SHU 17-5 in the quarter and scored three man-up goals. Towson held a 50-32 advantage on shots and was a perfect 25-of-25 on clear attempts. The Pioneers committed 25 turnovers and had seven failed clears. Ricardo Vargas posted a career-high 18 saves in the loss. Zach Smith was nine-of-18 on face-offs. Timmy Katz was held without a point for the first time this season. Sacred Heart goes on the road, April 19, with a contest at No. 14 Drexel.
TOWSON (4-7 overall, 3-2 CAA): The Tigers split a pair of games to improve their record to 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAA. After beating Sacred Heart 17-5, April 9, the Tigers dropped a 10-9 decision to Drexel, April 12, at Unitas Stadium. It was the Tigers’ first loss against the Dragons since the 1998 season, snapping a streak of 10-straight victories. Towson scored a season-high 17 goals in the win over Sacred Heart, marking their highest single-game scoring output since the 2005 season when they defeated the Pioneers 17-9. It was also the Tigers’ seventh-straight win over the Pioneers. Eric Boyle had the second hat-trick of his college career in the win over the Pioneers. Timmy Andre tallied the first multi-goal effort of his college career with a two-goal performance against the Pioneers. Brock Armour, Phil Blevins and Ben Ganley all scored the first goal of their careers against Sacred Heart, while Rob Wheeler made his first appearance of the season, making one save. Randall Cooper had a career-high three assists against the Pioneers. The Tigers allowed the first goal of the game for the 10th consecutive game, but ran off nine-straight goals to take a 9-1 lead. In the loss to the Dragons, the Tigers scored the game’s opening goal for the first time this season before Drexel scored five-straight goals. The Dragons posted their first-ever win at Unitas Stadium with the one-goal victory. It was the Tigers’ third loss this year decided by three goals or less. Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers last week with a pair of hat-trick performances. He scored three goals with an assist in each game. He moved into a tie for fourth place on the Tigers’ career goals list with 106 career goals. He has scored a goal in 12-straight games and has at least one point in 30 straight games, which is the eighth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Engelke, who has seven hat-tricks this year, has tallied six in the last eight games, including three-straight outings. Towson hosts Villanova April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
VILLANOVA (4-8 overall, 2-2 CAA): Villanova played two games during the week and both went to double overtime. The Wildcats were defeated in heartbreaking fashion at home by Hofstra, 7-6. The visiting Pride scored the game-winner with just one second to play in the second overtime period to thwart a Villanova upset. The Wildcats led the game 6-2 at halftime but did not score in the final 41 minutes of the game. The tables were turned in a road game at Robert Morris, where Villanova tied the game with 19 seconds left in regulation and won 49 seconds into the second extra period. The Wildcats are 6-14 all-time in overtime games and had not won a game that went into extra periods since defeating Lafayette 7-6 in two overtimes on March 13, 2004. This week marked the first time in the program’s history that consecutive games went to overtime. Villanova will travel south for a weekend contest at Towson, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.