CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jay Card, Hofstra

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

Card netted three goals, all in the game’s final 12 minutes, and two assists in Hofstra’s 11-10 win over UMass Feb. 21.  Card’s first goal tied the score at 7-7, his second score tied the game at 10-10 and his third goal came with four seconds left in the contest to mark the Pride’s game-winner.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dan Kerch, Robert Morris

Sr., M, Chesterfield, Mo./DeSmet

Kerch scored a school-record six goals and passed out one assist in Robert Morris’ 20-11 win over Bellarmine Feb. 21.  He scored three goals in the first half, then added the final three in the last quarter.  Kerch now leads Robert Morris with eight goals in three games.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Ford, Hofstra

RFr., A, Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park

Ford, who missed most of the 2008 season with post-concussion syndrome, returned for his redshirt-season and scored two goals in the Pride’s 11-10 win over UMass.  He scored Hofstra’s first goal of the game, then later tied the game at 8-8 with 8:27 left to play.  Ford also logged four ground balls in the game.

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

COACHES FAVOR HOFSTRA TO REPEAT AS LEAGUE CHAMPION IN 2009:  Hofstra, which has won two of the last three CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, was picked to repeat in 2009 as the conference champion according to a vote conducted by all seven league coaches.  The Pride, which picked up five of the possible seven first-place votes, edged out second-place Delaware in the poll.  Hofstra, ranked No. 13 in this week’s USILA Top-20, received four more total points than Delaware in the preseason coaches poll.  The Blue Hens logged two first-place votes and finished with a total of 31 points.  Drexel, one of two 2008 regular-season league champions, was picked to finish third in the conference after recording 27 points in the poll.  Towson logged 20 total points in the poll to come in fourth, while Villanova, Sacred Heart and Robert Morris rounded out the preseason vote, respectively.

DELAWARE’S DICKSON ONLY CAA PLAYER NAMED TO THE WARRIOR TEWAARATON WATCH LIST:  Delaware junior attackman Curtis Dickson, who is off to a blistering start with 11 total goals in three games for the Blue Hen men’s lacrosse team, was one of 60 players named to the Warrior Tewaaraton Trophy Player of the Year Watch List announced by the Tewaaraton Award Foundation committee last week. Dickson, a Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native is the league’s 2009 Preseason Player of the Year after a First Team All-Conference performance in 2008.  The Preseason Third Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse, scored a league-best 46 goals while also passing out 15 assists in 2008.

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE WILL HAVE A NEW LOOK IN 2010:  The CAA will add the University of Massachusetts and The Pennsylvania State University as associate members in the sport of men’s lacrosse beginning with the 2010 season.  UMass and Penn State will join Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson to form a competitive six-team conference whose champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.  A realignment of men’s lacrosse conferences nationally – spurred by the Big East Conference and Northeast Conference’s new sponsorship of the sport – led to the changes in CAA membership. Current members Sacred Heart and Robert Morris will move to the NEC and Villanova will move to the Big East following the 2009 campaign.

 

TEAM NOTES

DELAWARE (1-2 overall): The Blue Hens hit the road for the first time this season, Feb. 21, and dropped a 10-9 decision at Fairfield, making them 1-2 for the first time since 2003.  Pat Lombard scored three of his career-high four goals in the second half to lead a Blue Hen comeback.  Delaware trailed by three at halftime, cutting the lead to one three times in the second half, but could never gain a share of the lead.  Curtis Dickson scored two goals, while Josh Coveleski and Beau Davis each dished out two assists.  The Hens had never lost to Fairfield in three previous games and had dominated each of those contests with winning-margins of at least six goals.  Curtis Dickson ran his season goal total to a team-high 11 and reached two milestones in the process, including scoring his 100th career point on his second goal of the game.  He also extended his point scoring streak to 29 games (Sixth-longest streak for current NCAA Division I players) and his goal-scoring streak to 28.  Curtis Dickson’s 28-straight games with a goal tied the Delaware record set by Haylor Osborn in 1962-64 and Randy Powers in 1983-84.  Delaware returns home, Feb. 28, to face Hartford at noon.  The Blue Hens lead the all-time series with the Hawks, 9-2.

DREXEL (0-2 overall): Drexel dropped its second-straight contest, Feb. 21, when nearby rival Penn won at Vidas Field, 9-8.  Penn raced out to a 4-0 lead before the Dragons answered with three-straight goals midway through the second quarter.  Drexel wasn’t able to get any closer to the Quakers’ lead until the 2:57 mark in the fourth quarter when Colin Ambler scored a man-up goal off an assist from Scott Perri, making it 9-8 in favor of Penn.  Kyle Bergman, Colin Ambler and Scott Perri each scored two goals for the Dragons in the loss, while Bergman and Perri added an assist.  Goalkeeper Mark Manos stopped 12 shots in the loss.  The Dragons return to Vidas Field this weekened when they host Binghamton, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m.

No. 13 HOFSTRA (1-0 overall): The Pride, ranked No. 13 in the last USILA Top-20 Poll, opened its season with an exciting 11-10 win over then-ranked No. 20 Massachusetts, Feb. 21, in Hempstead, N.Y.  Saturday’s game was the 34th game in the Hofstra-Massachusetts series which shows the Minutemen leading, 18-16, having won eight of the last 11.  Hofstra outshot UMass, 56-31, including 24-4 in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game.  After the 11-10 win, The Pride is now 39-22 in season openers.  Hofstra has won five-straight regular season games dating back to the 2008 season.  Michael Colleluori added two goals and three assists in the win over the Minutemen.  Ryan Carter equaled his career-high with two points on a goal and an assist Saturday against UMass.  He posted a goal and an assist against Robert Morris in 2008 and two goals at Robert Morris in 2006.  Dan Stein tallied two goals in Saturday’s win.  Hofstra will go on the road this weekend when it takes on No. 15 Brown, Feb. 28, in Providence, R.I., at noon.  The Pride is 11-11 all-time against Brown, winning 7-6 in 2008 on Long Island and losing at Brown, 7-6, in 2007.  Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.

ROBERT MORRIS (2-1 overall): The Colonials increased their winning streak to two games with a 20-11 win over Bellarmine Feb. 21.  CAA Co-Player of the Week Dan Kerch led the team with a school-record six goals and one assist for seven points.  Corbyn Tao-Brambleby recorded his second consecutive hat-trick, while Taylor Caparosa also added three goals in the victory.  Keith Lee tallied the game-winner while also notching the first goal of the day just 10 seconds into action after winning the opening face-off. Keith Lee also held down the face-off circle going 18-for-26 against Bellarmine.  Trevor Moore and Brandon Johnson also added a pair of goals in the victory and Dave Morton led the team in assists with three.  Goalkeeper Sal Barcia put in his usual solid performance, holding off 13 shots for a .565 save percentage.  Dan Kerch and Corbyn Tao-Brambleby are both on a three-game goal streak, scoring at least one goal in every game so far this season.  Robert Morris remains at home for their next three contests and takes on Manhattan Feb. 27 at noon.

SACRED HEART (0-2 overall): Sacred Heart lost its home-opener Feb. 22 to Bryant, 22-8. The 22 goals are the most the Pioneers have allowed in a game in five seasons.  Bobby Karl led the Pioneer offense with two goals and two assists while Timmy Katz added two goals and an assist in the loss. Sacred Heart and Towson will both travel west this weekend for a trip to Denver, Colo.  For the Pioneers it marks the squad’s first trip west since the 2006 season when they faced Denver and Air Force on the same weekend.  This year’s schedule, part of the Harrow Sports Face-Off Classic, will be similar as SHU will face Denver Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m., and Air Force March 1 at 1 p.m.

TOWSON (0-1 overall): The Tigers dropped an 11-8 decision at 16th-ranked Loyola Feb. 21, marking the Tigers’ second-straight loss to the Greyhounds and snapping a four-game win streak at Loyola.  A total of 21 players made their college debuts in Saturday’s season opener while Sean Maguire and Marc Ingerman made the first starts of their college careers.  Goalkeeper Rob Wheeler made a career-high 14 saves in just the second start of his college career -- Wheeler had just 13 career saves in three appearances prior to Saturday’s game.  Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon each scored a pair of goals in their college debuts.  Matt Lamon scored back-to-back goals in a 26-second span early in the fourth quarter while Sean Maguire scored a goal in the third quarter and a goal in the fourth quarter. Of the eight goals scored by the Tigers, six of them were scored by an attackman, only Brock Armour and Mitchell Rosensweig scored goals from their midfield positions. The Tigers were not called for a penalty against Loyola, marking the fifth time in school history a Towson team has not received a penalty.  The last time Towson was not called for a penalty in a game was April 28, 2007 in a 9-7 loss against Johns Hopkins. The Tigers will continue their season-opening three-game road trip this weekend with a pair of games at the Harrow Sports Face-Off Classic hosted by the University of Denver.  Towson will face Air Force Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., before taking on Denver at 3:30 p.m., March 1.  The Tigers won the 2005 Classic title after beating Air Force and Denver.

VILLANOVA (2-0 overall): Villanova continued a two-game road swing to open the 2008 season, and won 12-4 at Lafayette Feb. 21.  The Wildcats have now scored 20 goals in two games and are receiving votes in both national Top-20 polls.  Tim Driscoll is leading the way for Villanova, having scored four goals in the win over the Leopards this weekend.  Tim Driscoll, who scored three goals in the Wildcats’ 8-4 win over Rutgers to open the season, leads the team with seven goals and ranks second in the league averaging 3.5 goals a game.  Nolan Vihlen was 6-for-9 in faceoffs against Lafayette Saturday, moving his season win percentage to .423 -- eighth-best in the CAA.  Paul Webber also added four goals and an assist in the win over Lafayette, after being shutout in the win over Rutgers.  Goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto, who picked up his second-straight win, recorded five saves in the contest.  The Wildcats will host their home-opener, Feb. 28, as cross-town rival Penn comes to Villanova Stadium.  Opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.