CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ryan Carter, Hofstra
Sr., M, San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius

Carter earned CAA Player of the Week honors after tallying a career-best two goals and one assist in helping then-ranked No. 12 Hofstra to an upset win over No. 3 Princeton, 9-7, Saturday.  Carter scored Hofstra’s first and third goals of the second period, pushing the Pride’s lead to 5-1.  Carter’s assist came on Anthony Muscarella’s fourth-quarter score and gave Hofstra a 9-6 lead in the contest.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Andrew Gvozden
Fr., GK, Millersville, Md./Severna Park


Gvozden earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors after posting  a win in Hofstra’s 9-7 upset over No. 3 Princeton Saturday.  The rookie faced 16 shots on goal, turning away nine in just his second collegiate game.  Gvozden made seven of the nine saves in the second and third periods, allowing the Pride to extend its lead to as many as six goals (7-1, with 9:10 left in the third quarter).

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

HOFSTRA MAKING A HABIT OF BEATING RANKED TEAMS:  Hofstra, ranked No. 6 in this week’s USILA Top-20 and No. 9 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top-20, is the only CAA squad with at least one win over a Top-20 program this season, in fact all three of CAA’s wins over Top-20 programs belong the Pride.  Head coach Seth Tierney’s squad, which has also been playing as a ranked team since the 2009 season opened, got its season started with a victory over No. 20 UMass and followed it with a double-overtime road-win at No. 15 Brown.  The Pride’s lone setback thus far came at No. 10 Johns Hopkins, but it rebounded with a win this past weekend over No. 3 Princeton.

HOFSTRA PICKED AS FAVORITE; CONFERENCE PLAY OPENS THIS WEEKEND:  Hofstra, which has won two of the last three CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, will open its 2009 CAA Men’s Lacrosse league-schedule this weekend when it travels to Sacred Heart Saturday at 1 p.m.  Two more league games are on tap Saturday, March 21, including Robert Morris at Towson (2 p.m.) and Delaware at Villanova (7 p.m.).

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 (2-5 overall): Delaware had a tough week falling to No. 11 Georgetown, 12-6, March 11 at home before dropping a 10-9 heartbreaker in double-overtime at Stony Brook March 14.  The Blue Hens have now lost three-straight for the first time since 2007 when the Hens advanced to the NCAA Final Four.  Curtis Dickson dished out an assist against Georgetown and scored four goals at Stony Brook to extended his point-scoring streak to 33-straight games -- the fifth-longest current streak in NCAA Division I.  Dickson was held without a goal against Georgetown, which ended his  school-record and NCAA-leading goal-streak at 30-straight.  The last time Dickson was held without a goal was the Blue Hens’ regular season battle with Drexel in 2007.  Carter Bloor led the Hens with two goals against Georgetown while goalkeeper Noah Fossner posted a career-high 17 saves against the Hoyas.  Delaware scored the final two goals in regulation which sent the Stony Brook contest into overtime, but failed to score again as the Seawolves netted the game-winner with 2:57 left in the second overtime.  Mark Steverson took over a starting attack spot since Pat Lombard (10 goals) suffered a season-ending knee injury against Albany.  Steverson has since scored a goal in three-straight games.  Delaware opens CAA play March 21 at Villanova.  Opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.

DREXEL (2-4 overall): Drexel split a pair of contests on the week, winning 8-4 at Saint Joseph’s, March 10, before falling to Albany, 13-11, at home March 14.  The Dragons’ Greg Casey paced the offensive attack scoring five goals and passing out three assists on the week.  Casey had a goal and an assist in the win over St. Joe’s and had four goals and two assists in the loss to Albany.  Rookie Kyle Bergman had a goal and four assists in the Dragons’ win over Saint Joseph’s marking a career-high five points.  Bergman also scored twice in Drexel’s loss to Albany.  Drexel’s game against Albany was a back-and-forth contest which saw both teams hold leads into the third quarter.  Neither squad led by more than two goals until fourth, when Albany went on a 4-0 run late in the third and into the fourth quarter.  The Dragons won’t open CAA-play until next weekend, as they host non-conference foe Lafayette, March 21, at noon.

No. 6 HOFSTRA (3-1 overall): Hofstra’s game against Princeton was the 22nd contest the all-time series, which shows the Pride now leading 12-10.  The Hofstra victory was Seth Tierney’s first over his uncle, Princeton coach Bill Tierney in three attempts.  The Pride jumped on the Tigers and lead 7-1 six minutes into the third quarter.  Princeton outshot the Pride, 33-24, but Hofstra picked up 30 ground balls to Princeton’s 26 and won 11-of-19 faceoffs.  Anthony Muscarella tallied three goals, scoring in the first, third and fourth quarters against the Tigers.  Tom Dooley posted his 93rd career goal and an assist in the win over Princeton.  Dan Stein ended his 10-game point scoring streak after being limited to just two shots and no goals against Princeton.  The Pride returns to action March 21 when they travel to Sacred Heart for a 1 p.m. contest.  Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.

ROBERT MORRIS (6-2 overall): The Colonials extended a win-streak to six games with a 17-4 victory over Presbyterian March 10, but then had it snapped March 13 with a 19-13 road loss at Ohio State.  Trevor Moore led the way for the Colonials with eight goals and two assists for 10 points on the week. He scored a career-high six goals against Presbyterian, which tied Robert Morris’ single-game record. He now leads the squad in points with 25.  Dan Kerch and Patrick Smith each tallied five goals over the weekend, as Kerch registered a hat-trick against Presbyterian and Smith collected a trio of goals against Ohio State.  Kiel Matisz recorded a season-high three goals against Ohio State and now has at least one point in RMU’s last six games.  T.J. Sarnese led the squad in ground balls with 11 on the week and goalkeeper Sal Barcia finished the weekend with 19 saves and a .463 save percentage. In RMU’s past six games Corbyn Tao-Brambleby, Patrick Smith, Trevor Moore and Dan Kerch have all tallied at least one point.  The Colonials return to action March 17 when they take on Wagner at home at 3 p.m., before hitting the road for a contest at Towson at 2 p.m., March 21, which opens 2009 CAA play.

SACRED HEART (2-4 overall): The Pioneers picked up their second-straight win March 14 when they topped Wagner at home, 18-3.  With the game tied at 1-1, Sacred Heart went on a 7-1 to end the first half holding an 8-2 lead.  Seven different Pioneers scored in the first half, as Bobby Rushton was the only player to net multiple goals.  Sacred Heart left no doubt in the contest as it went on a six-goal scoring streak over the course of the third quarter pushing the score to 13-2.  After five more goals in the fourth Sacred Heart ended the contest on top, 18-3.  A total of six Pioneers netted two-goal games against Wagner, including Rushton, Dan Casciano, Tim Russo, Matt Ferrino, Jon Flood and Jake Aaron.  Zack Frank picked up the win in goal for Sacred Heart, logging 11 saves in just over 41 minutes of action.  The Pioneers open CAA play this weekend when they welcome No. 6 Hofstra to Fairfield, Conn., March 21.  Opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.

TOWSON (1-4 overall): Towson dropped its third-straight game with an 11-2 loss against top-ranked Virginia at Klockner Stadium March 14.  It was the Cavaliers’ ninth-straight win over the Tigers.  With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-4 this season against ranked opponents. The game against Virginia marked the 22nd time in school history the Tigers have faced a top-ranked opponent.  Towson is now 2-20 all-time in games against the nation’s number one-ranked team. Bill McCutcheon scored a goal in the loss to Virginia, extending his streak of consecutive games with a goal to five-straight and now leads the Tigers with nine goals and seven assists in 2009.  Meanwhile, Randall Cooper has tallied an assist in seven-straight games after earning an assist in the loss to Virginia.  The Tigers open their CAA schedule March 21 when they host Robert Morris at Unitas Stadium in the second game of a men’s-women’s lacrosse doubleheader at 2 p.m.  Towson’s women will host Richmond at noon at Unitas Stadium.

VILLANOVA (5-1 overall): The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season to Penn State 10-8 Tuesday at home, but quickly rebounded by topping Lehigh 16-6 at Villanova Stadium. Villanova has outscored their opponents 65-37 this season, while goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto has surrendered 34 goals on the year.  Paul Webber scored a total of 10 points on the week for Villanova.  The junior posted a goal and three assists in the loss to Penn State.  He later scored three goals and dished out three assists in the Wildcats’ win over Lehigh.  Webber leads the team with 19 points on the season and also has a team-best 10 assists in 2009.  C.J. Small continues his scoring tear, tallying a goal against Penn State and two more against Lehigh.  The freshman has scored seven goals in five games played this season.  The Wildcats start their conference schedule March 21 when they take on Delaware at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.