CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bruce Bickford, Drexel

Sr., GK, Providence, R.I./Moses Brown

Bickford became the first goalkeeper to earn league Player of the Year honors outright, and ranks third in the country with a save percentage of .635. Bickford, a Providence, R.I., native, paced a Drexel defense which not only ranks atop the CAA, but also is No. 9 in the country in scoring defense allowing just seven goals a game.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Unterstein, Hofstra

Sr., M, Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River

Unterstein, a two-time All-CAA performer, led a Hofstra defense which ranked atop the league and among the Top-20 in the country in man-down defense (.769), allowing just nine goals in 39 opportunities. The Shoreham, N.Y., native, scooped up 61 ground balls this season and also had two assists for the Pride.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jay Card, Hofstra

Fr., A, Caledon, Ontario, Canada/The Hill Academy

Card led the Pride in goals (27) and points (37) in 2008. The three-time CAA Rookie of the Week, ranked fifth in the CAA in goals per game (1.93) and tied for sixth in the league with 2.64 points per game -- the best for any freshman in the CAA. Card, a Caledon, Ontario, native, logged hat-tricks in six of the 14 games he played for Hofstra.

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

HOFSTRA EARNS THE CAA BID INTO 2008 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THRILLING OVERTIME WIN:
Tom Dooley scored just 11 seconds into overtime, after the Pride rallied from two goals down with two minutes to play in regulation, as Hofstra captured the CAA title with a 10-9 victory over No. 11 Drexel. Hofstra’s win was its first-ever on the road in the CAA Championships, marked its second league crown and the first since 2006. The Pride now face fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The contest is slated for 2:30 p.m., May 11, in Baltimore, Md., and will be aired live on ESPNU. Hofstra hosted a then-ranked No. 1 Hopkins squad earlier this season and knocked the Blue Jays off 8-7 in overtime. Johns Hopkins went on to lose its next four before ending the year on a five-game win streak. Hofstra has faced the Blue Jays three other times in the NCAA Championships most recently in 1999, having lost all three.

DELAWARE’S DICKSON FINALIST FOR THE TEWAARATON TROPHY:
Curtis Dickson, Delaware’s leading scorer, has been recognized as one of 22 finalist for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy. The trophy, which honors the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players in the nation, is presented annually following the collegiate season at a banquet honoring the finalists and winners. Dickson, the only CAA player on the list of finalists, leads the CAA in goals, ranks second in the league in points per game. He also ranks sixth in the nation in goals (2.88) and ninth nationally in points (3.81) with 61 points and 15 assists.

 

TEAM NOTES

DELAWARE (9-7 overall, 3-3 CAA): Delaware closed out its season with a 9-7 loss at Hofstra in the semifinals of the 2008 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Hofstra scored five-straight goals to take control of the game in the second half and Delaware suffered through a scoring drought of nearly 36 minutes. Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw will go into the 2009 season in search of just one win to reach the 250th win-plateau at Delaware. Curtis Dickson finished his sophomore season with a team-high 46 goals and scored a goal in his 25th-straight game, the third longest streak in UD history. His 46 goals ranks him in the top 10 nationally in the NCAA. Cam Howard ended his five-year career as Delaware’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 186 points on 84 goals and 102 assists. Dickson and goalkeeper Tom Scherr were both named to the 2008 All-CAA Tournament team at the conlusion of the league championship game.

No. 15 DREXEL (13-4 overall, 5-1 CAA): Drexel saw a two-goal lead evaporate in under two minutes, as the Dragons fell 10-9 in overtime to Hofstra in the 2008 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game. CAA Player of the Year, Bruce Bickford made 12 saves in the Championship game loss and was named to the All-CAA Tournament team. Joining Bickford on the team were teammates Colin Ambler and Steve Grossi. Drexel trailed by as many at three heading into the second quarter before outscoring Hofstra 4-1 midway through the second period. The contest went back and forth until the Dragons scored two-straight with 12:52 and 12:40 left in the game to make it 9-7. Drexel’s 13 wins are the most in school history, while its trip to the CAA Championship game was also its first in school history.

No. 16 HOFSTRA (10-5 overall, 5-1 CAA): Hofstra will be competing in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships for the 14th time in school history, and the third time as a member of the CAA. The Pride will travel to Baltimore, Md., Sunday, May 11 to face the fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at 2:30 p.m., on ESPNU. Hofstra stunned then-top-ranked Hopkins, 8-7, March 8 in overtime in Hempstead, N.Y., and will be looking to knock off the defending national champions again. The Pride has faced Johns Hopkins three times prior to this Sunday’s meeting. The Blue Jays downed the Pride in first round games in 1974 (18-10) and 1978 (20-8), and in the quarterfinals in 1999 (11-7) at Hofstra. The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the quarterfinals Saturday, May 17 against the winner of the Navy-North Carolina first round contest. That quarterfinal game will be played at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Hofstra placed four on the 2008 All-CAA Tournament team including Collin Stabler, Joseph Montemurro, Jack Vivonetto and the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Kevin Unterstein.

ROBERT MORRIS (4-11 overall, 0-6 CAA): John Kennedy stifled Hofstra with a career-high 23-save performance, but Robert Morris could not fend off a late fourth quarter comeback by the Pride as they defeated the Colonials, 13-12, April 26 to end their season. Kennedy’s 23 saves was the most-ever by the veteran netminder, which also tied the program-mark for most saves in a game set by Sal Barcia against Wagner Feb. 24, 2008. Not to overshadow the goaltender, but Andrew Watt also put on a valiant performance as the attacker buried five goals and tallied two assists for seven points. Watt finished the season with 55 points and 128 for his career. Trevor Moore and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby each had three points with Moore notching three goals and Tao-Brambleby scoring a goal and two assists.

SACRED HEART (7-5 overall, 2-4 CAA): Sacred Heart’s Ricardo Vargas, who earned CAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week honors following the final week of the regular season, turned in 16 saves and kept Delaware off the scoreboard for a 30:53 span from the first to third quarter as the Pioneers wrapped up 2008 with a 15-7 win over the Fightin’ Blue Hens April 26. The win gives the Pioneers their first winning season since 1999 as they post a 7-5 record on the year. The Pioneers rattled off nine-straight goals while keeping Delaware off the scoreboard until 12:46 in the third quarter. Eight different Pioneers scored on the 9-0 run. The Pioneers were outshot 26-20 in the first half but carried an 8-1 lead into the break. Timmy Katz and Evan Morgan led the way offensively with five points apiece, each with two goals and three assists. Dan Casciano, Bobby Rushton and Nick Hautau all scored twice in the win.

TOWSON (5-9 overall, 3-3 CAA): After splitting a pair of non-conference games in the last week of the regular season, the Tigers ended their year with a 5-9 overall record. It is the first time since 2000 Towson has not had at least a .500 record and also marks the first time in their seven years in the league it missed the CAA Tournament. Jonathan Engelke ended his career, scoring five goals with six assists in the final two games of the 2008 season. With 33 goals and 21 assists, he ended the season as the Tigers’ leading scorer for the second-straight year. Engelke finished his career tied for ninth place on the Tigers’ career points list with 156 points.

VILLANOVA (5-10 overall, 3-3 CAA): Villanova ended its season with a mark of 5-10 after falling to Drexel 11-5 in the semifinals of the 2008 CAA Championships. Drexel scored the first five goals of the game, then ballooned its lead to 7-1 before halftime. Both teams settled in, before ending the game at 11-5. Villanova, which was playing in the championships for the sixth time in league history, had two players on the All-CAA Tournament squad including T.J. O’Donnell and John Lade. After beginning the year with a 1-7 record, the Wildcats won four of its next five games to clinch one of four spots in the CAA Championships.

 

2008 ALL-CAA MEN’S LACROSSE TEAMS


FIRST TEAM

Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
Andrew Chapman, Drexel* A Sr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Oliver Mowat Collegiate
Curtis Dickson, Delaware A So. Port Coquitlam, B.C./Riverside
Jonathan Engelke, Towson A Sr. Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale
Martin Cahill, Delaware M So. Midfield Malden, Mass./The Governor’s Academy
Anthony Muscarella, Hofstra M Jr. Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh
Kevin Unterstein, Hofstra# M Sr. Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Steve Grossi, Drexel* LSM Sr. Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven
Ryan West, Drexel FO Spec. So. Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur
Evan Crowther-Washburn, Delaware D Sr. Annapolis, Md./Severn
John Lade, Villanova D Fr. Randolph, N.J./Randolph
Matt McCormick, Drexel D So. West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep
Bruce Bickford, Drexel* GK Sr. Providence, R.I./Moses Brown

 

SECOND TEAM

Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
Colin Ambler, Drexel A So. Abington, Pa./Abington
Jay Card, Hofstra A Fr. Caledon, Ontario, Canada/St. Andrew’s Collegiate
Andrew Watt, Robert Morris A Sr. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Grand River Collegiate
Greg Casey, Drexel M So. Glenside, Pa./La Salle
Eric Boyle, Towson M So. Annapolis, Md./Annapolis
Mike Unterstein, Hofstra# M Sr. Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Steve Prifte, Hofstra LSM Jr. Shawnee, N.J./Shawnee
Mitchell Rosensweig, Towson FO Spec. Jr. Baltimore, Md./Pikesville
Pat Healy, Sacred Heart D Gr. Towson, Md./Loyola
Ryan O’Donnell, Towson D Sr. West Chester, Pa./Henderson
Brett McGlensey, Sacred Heart# D Sr. West Chester, Pa./West Chester East
Tom Scherr, Delaware GK Sr. Owings Mills, Md./Mt. St. Joseph’s

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bruce Bickford, GK, Sr., Drexel
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Unterstein, M, Sr., Hofstra
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jay Card, A, Fr., Hofstra
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Bates, Drexel

* -- First Team All-CAA Selection in 2007
# -- Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2007

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Name, School Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
Jay Card, Hofstra A Fr. Caledon, Ontario, Canada/St. Andrew’s Collegiate
Tim Stratton, Towson A Fr. Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township
John Lade, Villanova D Fr. Randolph, N.J./Randolph
Pat Dowling, Delaware D Fr. Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe
Scott Perri, Drexel A Fr. Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Steve DeNapoli, Hofstra M Fr. Hewlett, N.Y./G.W. Hewlett
Corbyn Tao-Brambleby, Robert Morris A Fr. Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve Academy
Tim Langmaid, Delaware LSM Fr. Danvers, Mass./The Governor’s Academy
Keith Lee, Robert Morris M Fr. Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy
Trevor Moore, Robert Morris A Fr. Port Coquitlam, B.C./Western Reserve Academy