CAA MEN'S LACROSSE WEEKLY RELEASE -- MAY 9
Delaware's contest in Durham, N.C., is air live on ESPNUHD and on ESPN Mobile. Hofstra will open its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Championships ESPN2HD, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile.
The league's two NCAA bids marks the third-straight season and sixth time overall it has placed multiple teams in the championships. Delaware will be making its second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships and third since the 2007 season when 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 sixth NCAA appearance since 2003 and the fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA field of 16. Hofstra, which will serve as an NCAA Quarterfinal host May 21 at Shuart Stadium, lost in its first round contest in 2010 to Maryland, 11-8.
The 16-team field includes six conference champions with automatic qualification - American East Conference (Hartford), Colonial Athletic Association (Delaware), Eastern College Athletic Conference (Denver), Ivy Group (Cornell), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Siena) and Patriot League (Bucknell). The remainder of the field was selected at large: Duke, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn, Syracuse, Villanova, and Virginia.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Scott Perri, Drexel
Sr., A, Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West
Perri paced the league in scoring this season as a senior. The Smithtown, N.Y., native poured in 39 goals and a league-best 27 assists in 14 games for the Dragons. The senior not only was among the Top 5 nationally in goals scored, but he also ranked second in the country in points scored by averaging just under five a game.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Skudin, Hofstra
Sr., D, Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach
Skudin is the first defenseman to earn the league's top defensive honor since 2007 when Drexel's Adam Crystal was given the award. The Long Beach, N.Y., native is part of a Pride defense which not only leads the league, but also the country in allowing just 6.2 goals a game. Skudin leads Hofstra's defensive unit with 26 groundballs and 16 forced turnovers on the year.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Austin Kaut, Penn State
Fr., GK, Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco
Kaut was part of a Penn State squad which finished second in the league standings after winning just one conference game in 2009. The freshman held a 7.90 goals-against average which was just behind Hofstra's Andrew Gvozden's mark in the conference, and ranked 11th in the country. Kaut stopped a league-best 192 shots and boasted a save percentage of .634, tops both in the league and nation.