CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Michael Colleluori, Hofstra
Sr., M, Holmes, Pa./Ridley
Colleluori sparked a Hofstra come-from-behind effort, Feb. 28, at No. 15 Brown and helped the Pride move to 2-0 to open the season. The senior notched a career-best four assists to go with two goals in the, 11-10, overtime win for Hofstra. Colleluori scored his first goal of the game in the second quarter, then added his second midway through the third quarter. His second goal was the first of eight-unanswered scores for the Pride in the come-from-behind one-goal win in double overtime. Colleluori’s final assist of the contest came on Jay Card’s game-winning goal with 19 seconds left in the game’s second overtime.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
C.J. Small, Villanova
Fr., A, San Diego, Calif./La Costa Canyon
Prior to Villanova’s 14-7 win over cross-town rival Penn, Feb. 28, Small had taken just one shot in his young career. The San Diego, Calif., native fired four shots in Saturday’s contest, putting three on goal. Two of those three resulted in goals for the Wildcats, while also marking Small’s first career scores.
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. 9 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 now has 13 total goals in four games for the Blue Hens, 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.
DELAWARE (2-2 overall): Delaware snapped a two-game losing streak with an 11-9 win over Hartford, Feb. 28. Delaware jumped out to a five-goal lead at halftime and held on down the stretch to post the victory. Josh Coveleski led the Hens with three goals while Curtis Dickson and Pat Lombard each scored two goals and dished out an assist. Tommy Lee won 19-of-24 faceoffs and scored a goal and dished out an assist. The Blue Hens improved to 7-0 all-time in Newark against Hartford. Curtis Dickson upped his team-leading goal total to 13, extending his point-scoring streak to 30-straight and his goal scoring streak to 29. Curtis Dickson’s goal-scoring streak of 29 broke the Delaware record of 28 previously held by Haylor Osborn in 1962-64 and Randy Powers in 1983-84. Hartford cut the lead to one twice in the second half, but the Hens responded each time to pull away. Pat Lombard scored with 3:06 left to push the lead to 11-9 providing the Hens with some insurance. Curtis Dickson has now scored multiple goals in five-straight games dating back to last season. Delaware takes to the road this week, traveling to Albany, March 6, at 4 p.m. The Blue Hens defeated Albany 8-7 in triple overtime last season in Newark, and has downed the Great Danes four times in the last five years.
DREXEL (1-2 overall): Drexel scored five unanswered goals in the final 3:17 of the third quarter and went on to the win over Binghamton, Feb. 28. Mark Manos made nine saves in recording his first collegiate win in the cage. Colin Ambler had four assists and five points for Drexel against Binghamton. Colin Ambler now has 39 career assists which places him in a tie for 18th all time at Drexel. Ryan West won 8-of-11 faceoffs in the game against Binghamton pushing his faceoff win percentage to .630 and ranking him second in the league standings. The Dragons hit the road to face No. 19 St. John’s, March 7, in Queens, N.Y. Opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.
No. 9 HOFSTRA (2-0 overall): Hofstra, ranked No. 9 in the March 2 edition of the USILA Top-20, came from behind to win on the road at No. 15 Brown, Feb. 28. Saturday’s game was the 23rd game in the Hofstra-Brown series, while the Pride now leads in the series, 12-11. Hofstra has now won six-straight regular season games heading into a clash with No. 10 Johns Hopkins, March 7, at noon on ESPNU. Jay Card added four goals and one assist in the win over Brown, while Anthony Muscarella made his 2009 debut and posted the game-tying goal and an assist. CAA Player of the Week Michael Colleluori notched six points in Saturday’s win, including four assists and two goals. Michael Colleluori’s second goal of the game jump-started a Hofstra goal-scoring streak that ended at eight-unanswered for the win. Saturday’s victory was the first by Hofstra in Providence sicen 1999. The Pride is 4-17 all-time against Johns Hopkins, winning 8-7 over the Blue Jays during the 2008 regular season and falling during the NCAA Tournament first round, 10-4, at Johns Hopkins. Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.
ROBERT MORRIS (4-1 overall): The Colonials increased their winning streak to four games with an 11-8 win over Manhattan, Feb. 27, and a decisive 18-8 win over Detroit, March 1. With only five games played, the Colonials have already tied their season record for wins with four. Corbyn Tao-Brambleby put up his usual strong performance, leading the team with six goals and one assist for seven points. Corbyn Tao-Brambleby now has 13 goals and four assists on the season and has scored at least one goal in every game this season. Kiel Matisz registered his first collegiate goal against Manhattan, which also happened to be the game-winning goal. Trevor Moore also put up a strong performance, recording four goals and three assists over the weekend. Trevor Moore tallied an even two goals in both games this weekend. Fifteen total players notched at least one point over the weekend. In both games, goalkeeper Sal Barcia compiled 20 saves and a .571 save percentage. The Colonials finish off their five-game home stretch against VMI March 7 at 1 p.m.
SACRED HEART (0-4 overall): The Pioneers lost both legs of their Colorado trip this weekend, falling to Denver, 15-8, Feb. 28, and 15-5 to Air Force, March 1. Bobby Karl led the Sacred Heart attack with four points over the weekend -- one goal (vs. Air Force) and three assists (two vs. Denver; one vs. Air Force). Bobby Rushton scored three goals on the weekend, including two against Denver and one Sunday against Air Force. Timmy Katz tallied two goals against Denver, Saturday, then added an assist against Air Force Sunday. Sacred Heart is scheduled to visit Hartford March 7. Opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m. The Pioneers have won three of the last four meetings between the two squads.
TOWSON (1-2 overall): The Tigers split a pair of games at the Harrow Face-Off Classic in Denver, Colo. After earning their first win of the season, Feb. 28, against Air Force, the Tigers dropped a 9-4 decision against No. 19 Denver March 1. It was the Tigers’ first-ever loss in the Face-off Classic and the first loss against the Pioneers in four all-time meetings. Bill McCutcheon led the Tigers against Air Force setting a career high with five goals and seven points while tying a career high with two assists. Bill McCutcheon’s five goals marked the fifth “hat trick” of his career. Bill McCutcheon, who also scored one goal against Denver, and Joe Wascavage earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Face-Off Classic. Bill McCutcheon leads Towson with seven goals and four assists this year. In Sunday’s loss against Denver, Peter Mezzanotte scored the first goal of his career. Kevin Lalley notched his first career goal against Air Force. Goalkeeper Rob Wheeler tied his career-high by making 14 saves in the win over Air Force, marking the second-straight game he recorded 14 saves. The Tigers, who only have five home games this year, open their home slate March 7, against No. 8 Maryland at Unitas Stadium. Opening faceoff is set for 2 p.m., on WMAR-TV in Baltimore and nationally on ESPNU. It will be the Tigers’ second television appearance of the season.
VILLANOVA (3-0 overall): Villanova extended what is now a three-game win streak to open the season, downing cross-town rival Penn, 14-7, Feb. 28. The Wildcats, who continue to receive votes in both national Top-20 polls, have outscored opponents 34-15 in their first three games this season. Tim Driscoll, Villanova’s leading scorer this season with 10 goals, ranks second in the conference with a 3.33 goals/game average. Tim Driscoll also led the Wildcats in Saturday’s win over Penn with three goals on nine shots. CAA Rookie of the Week C.J. Small notched his first two career goals in the win over Penn, while Matthew Fritz (3) and Tim Langan, Jr. (2) also tallied multi-goal games against Penn. Goalkeeper Andew DiLoreto has been impressive in goal for Villanova, stopping 32-of-46 shots faced for a league-leading save percentage of .696. Villanova goes on the road Tuesday, March 3, for a midweek battle at Binghamton. Opening faceoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.