Delaware and 13th-ranked Hofstra both earned berths in the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Sunday evening.  The Blue Hens, which topped Towson Saturday, 12-9, to win the CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, will face fourth-seeded North Carolina while the Pride will travel to third-seeded Maryland.

Delaware's contest in Chapel Hill, N.C., is set for 5 p.m., May 16, and will air live on ESPNU.  Hofstra will open its third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships with a noon faceoff in College Park, Md., May 15, on ESPNU.

The league's two NCAA bids marks the second-straight season and fifth time overall it has placed multiple teams in the championships.  Delaware will be making its first trip to the NCAA Championships since the 2007 season, that same season the Blue Hens beat second-seeded Virginia and UMBC on their way to the Championships Final Four in Baltimore, Md.  

The Pride will be making the program's fifth NCAA appearance since 2003 and the third-straight appearance in the NCAA field of 16.  Hofstra fell to eventual National Runner-up Cornell, 11-8, in its first round game of the 2009 NCAA Championships.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Curtis Dickson, Delaware
Sr., A, Port Coquitlam, B.C./Riverside


Dickson leads the country with a goals-per-game average of 3.88 in 16 contests.  The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native is now a three-time First Team All-CAA selection, garnered a spot on the league’s All-Rookie squad in 2007 and was one of two current men’s lacrosse standouts to be part of the CAA’s Silver Anniversary team chosen last fall.  Dickson will end his career as the league’s top career goal scorer, already at 162.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mark Manos, Drexel
So., GK, West Chester, Pa./Salesianum (Del.)


Manos, the league’s top goalkeeper in 2010 and last season’s CAA Rookie of the Year, is the first-ever goalkeeper to earn the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.  The West Chester, Pa., native is not only the best keeper among the CAA’s six teams, but also ranks as one of the top goaltenders in the country.  Manos holds an 8.29 goals-against average which places him among the nation’s Top-10.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Will Manny, Massachusetts
Fr., A, Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s


Manny, who was part of a Massachusetts squad which made its debut under the CAA Men’s Lacrosse banner in 2010, ranked among the league’s Top-10 in all scoring categories.  The Massapequa, N.Y., native was a two-time CAA Rookie of the Week in 2010 and finished the season as UMass’ leader in goals (27), assists (18) and points (45).