CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Chapman, Drexel
Sr., A, Toronto, Ontario/Oliver Mowat Collegiate
Andrew Chapman tallied five goals in win against Sacred Heart on Senior Day, including four in the first half. The senior now has 36 goals on the year and 78 in his two seasons at Drexel. Chapman, who earned his first weekly honor of the season, helped the Dragons secure a spot in the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
John Lade, Villanova
Fr., D, Randolph, N.J./Randolph
Lade keyed a defensive effort in a 7-4 win over Towson, the first-ever for Villanova in the 17-game series against the Tigers. The first-time honoree had four ground balls, three caused turnovers and won a face-off against the Tigers. Lade was part of a back line which forced 19 of Towson’s 35 shots offline. Lade, and the Villanova defense, has now allowed six or fewer goals in four of the last five contests this season.
CAA CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDS STILL UP FOR GRABS AMONG FIVE TEAMS: Three conference games this weekend will determine the four seeds in the 2008 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Drexel, Hofstra and Villanova have secured spots in the field of four, while Delaware and Towson will be paying attention to the weekend results. Drexel, which visits Villanova April 26, will clinch the number one seed with a win. A Drexel loss will give the number one seed to Hofstra, regardless of the Pride’s outcome at Robert Morris, April 26. Delaware must win at Sacred Heart, April 26, to secure a spot in the championships. A Blue Hen loss, coupled with a Drexel loss, will eliminate Delaware and give Towson the number four seed. Villanova, assured of a spot in the field of four, will host a first round match-up in the championships with a win and a Delaware loss.
TWO CAA SQUADS RANKED NATIONALLY: With less than two weeks before the 16-team NCAA Championship field is selected, two of the CAA’s seven squads are among the national polls. In the USILA Coaches poll, Drexel (No. 16) and Hofstra (No. 20) lead the way, while Delaware is among four schools receiving votes. Both the Dragons and Pride are also part of the April 21 edition of the Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings -- No. 17 Drexel and No. 19 Hofstra -- Delaware and Towson are just outside the poll.
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).
DELAWARE (9-5 overall, 3-2 CAA): Delaware closed out its regular season home schedule with a 20-5 win over Robert Morris at Rullo Stadium. Eight different Blue Hen players had multiple goal efforts led by Martin Cahill’s three goals and three assists. Vincent Giordano scored three goals while Cam Howard and Pat Lombard each had two goals and two assists. Delaware posted season highs for goals and win margin -- the goals were the most since a 20-5 win over Manhattan last season. Curtis Dickson scored twice to run his NCAA ranking total to 43 and has now scored a goal in 23-straight games, the fourth longest streak in Delaware history and longest since 1998. Cahill and Howard have also scored in every game this season. Howard had two assists against Robert Morris to become fourth Blue Hen player to 100 for his career. Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw became the all-time NCAA leader for games coaches with his 511th appearance, breaking the record of 510 by Jack Emmer at Cortland State, Washington & Lee, and Army in 1970-2005. Shillinglaw ranks No. 4 among active coaches for wins with 273. He enters this week’s game at Sacred Heart, April 26, with 249 wins at Delaware and could become just the seventh coach in NCAA history to win 250 games at one school. A win over Sacred Heart will secure a conference championships berth and would mark 10 wins – the fifth-straight year to reach the 10-win plateau. A loss to Sacred Heart, along with a No. 16 Drexel loss at Villanova, will eliminate Blue Hens from conference championship contention.
No. 16 DREXEL (11-3 overall, 4-1 CAA): 16th-ranked Drexel scored first nine goals in the win over Sacred Heart, April 19. Andrew Chapman had five of the Dragons’ nine goals on the day. Adam Dennis had his first hat trick of the season in the game against the Pioneers. Bruce Bickford made 12 saves against Sacred Heart and allowed only two goals in 50:40 before being replaced. Chapman now has 78 goals at Drexel in only two seasons. The senior now ranks 13th all-time at Drexel and needs just three to move up to 11th place. With the win over Sacred Heart, the Dragons have posted back-to-back 11 win seasons. It is the first time in Drexel lacrosse history a team has had back-to back 10 win seasons. The Dragons have clinched a spot in the conference championships, but can fall as low as a number four seed if they lose at Villanova, April 26. A win over the Wildcats will assure Drexel the number one overall seed in the four-team field.
No. 20 HOFSTRA (6-5 overall, 4-1 CAA): No. 12 North Carolina notched a 13-9 victory over Hofstra at Kenan Stadium April 19. The Pride, who had their three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 6-5 overall. The Pride was led by Michael Unterstein and Anthony Muscarella with two goals and two assists each. Tom Dooley and Michael Colleluori also added two goals each for Hofstra. Danny Orlando posted 10 saves in the Pride cage. Muscarella stopped a Tar Heel run with his 14th goal of the season at 9:49 to play in the first quarter, cutting the deficit to 3-1. After North Carolina went on another 3-0 run, Hofstra battled back as Dooley notched his 18th of the year, Colleluori tallied his sixth of the year and Unterstein added his 11th goal of the season to close the gap to 6-4 at halftime. Jay Card notched his 22nd of the year and Unterstein posted his second of the game and 12th of the season, on the man-up, closing to 8-6 in the third. The Pride’s comeback hopes were dashed as UNC scored the next five goals. Colleluori, Muscarella and Dooley added Hofstra goals in the final 7:10 but it was too little, too late as the Pride fell to the Tar Heels for just the second time in eight meetings. The Pride will travel to Stony Brook April 22 for it final non-conference game of the regular season, before travelling to Robert Morris for the season finale, April 26. A No. 16 Drexel loss (at Villanova), regardless of the Hofstra/Robert Morris outcome, will give the Pride the number one overall seed in the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
ROBERT MORRIS (4-10 overall, 0-5 CAA): Robert Morris dropped its seventh-straight decision April 19, falling to Delaware, 20-5, in Newark, Del. Andrew Watt, who has now scored in seven-straight games, led the offense with a goal and an assist. Four other Colonials chipped in goals including Michael Fleming, Dan Kerch, Trevor Moore and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby. The Colonials came out strong in the opening minutes, scoring the first goal to take a 1-0 lead. Tao-Brambleby picked up his 15th of the season when he took a pass from Brendan Arthur and beat Delaware’s netminder Tom Scherr on a one-on-one fast-break opportunity. Despite giving up the early goal, Scherr played outstanding for the Blue Hens allowing just three goals and stopping 12 shots in 45 minutes worth of work. Delaware quickly countered, scoring two goals to round out the first quarter and adding five more in the second before RMU’s Fleming answered back with an unassisted marker in the second quarter. The Blue Hens then tacked in another goal to take an 8-2 lead into halftime. The Blue Hens outscored the Colonials, 12-3, in the second half, adding six apiece in the third and fourth quarters. Moore knocked home his 15th of the season in the third while Watt and Kerch tallied back-to-back with less than seven minutes to play in the contest. John Kennedy suffered his second loss of the season, making eight saves and allowing seven goals. Sal Barcia finished the game with four stops. Robert Morris returns home this weekend as the Colonials host No. 20 Hofstra April 26 at 12:00 p.m.
SACRED HEART (6-5 overall, 1-4 CAA): Drexel scored nine-straight goals to open the game posting a 15-4 win over Sacred Heart, April 19. The Dragons out-shot Sacred Heart overall and 35-12 in the first half -- holding the Pioneers to just four goals. Drexel took a 6-0 lead after one and led 8-0 at the half. SHU snapped a 9-0 run by the Dragons with 10:45 left in the third quarter as Evan Morgan scored from Tony Tanzi. The Pioneers also got goals from Bobby Rushton, Stephen Gerhard and Jon Flood. Ricardo Vargas made a career-high 20 saves in taking the loss to Drexel. The Pioneers will close out the regular season Saturday, April 26, when they host Delaware on Senior Day. Sacred Heart can play the role of spoiler -- with a win over the Blue Hens and a win by Villanova over No. 16 Drexel, Delaware will be eliminated from the conference championships.
TOWSON (4-8 overall, 3-3 CAA): The Tigers dropped to 4-8 overall and 3-3 in the CAA after a 7-4 loss to Villanova, April 18. Friday night’s loss was the first-ever defeat against the Wildcats in 17 all-time meetings. Jonathan Engelke scored two goals to lead the Tigers in the loss. With 108 career goals, he is tied with Matt Clune for third on the Tigers’ all-time list. Engelke has scored a goal in each of the last 13 games while tallying a point in each of the last 31 contests -- the sixth-longest active streak in NCAA Division I. Mitchell Rosensweig had a solid night against the Wildcats, winning 13-of-15 face-offs while securing eight ground balls. Over the last two games, the Baltimore, Md., native has won 29-of-35 face-offs with 17 ground balls. The Tigers will end the regular season with two non-conference games beginning April 22, when they take a trip to No. 6 Johns Hopkins for a 7 p.m. game. Towson will then host Penn in the regular season finale at 1 p.m., April 26. Both games will be televised on ESPNU. Towson, which completed the conference season at 3-3, must hope for losses by both Delaware (at Sacred Heart) and No. 16 Drexel (at Villanova) to earn a berth in the conference championships.
VILLANOVA (5-8 overall, 3-2 CAA): In its only game of the week, Villanova locked up a spot in the 2008 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 7-4 win over Towson, April 18. The victory was the first-ever for the Wildcats against the Tigers and snapped an 0-16 all-time mark against Towson. The contest was tied at the end of the first, second and third quarters before Villanova netted three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to pull away for the victory. Despite the close play throughout the Towson game, the 7-4 margin in the victory over Towson could have seemed like a large one for the Wildcats. Villanova opened the season with seven losses in its first eight games but has since rattled off four wins in the last five contests. Three of the team’s first four conference games had been decided by one goal. Villanova has now allowed six or fewer goals in a game six times this season, with four of those occasions coming in the last five games. The Wildcats close the regular season April 26, when they host No. 16 Drexel. With a win and a Delaware loss (at Sacred Heart), Villanova will host a first round game at Villanova Stadium, April 30. A loss will put the Wildcats at a number four seed regardless of other outcomes.