CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zack Frank, Sacred Heart
So., GK, Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip
Frank made a school record 27 saves in the Pioneers’ five-overtime win against Villanova. The sophomore stopped nine fourth-quarter Wildcat shots, then backed that performance up by turning away six more shots spread over the five overtimes. The game marked the longest contest in CAA history.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rob Wheeler, Towson
Jr., GK, Baltimore, Md./Friends School
Wheeler led Towson to a pair of victories, giving up just 11 goals on the week, while turning away 24 shots. The junior matched a career-high with 14 saves in Towson’s road-win over Bucknell early in the week. He then followed the midweek-win by giving up just four goals, and stopping 10 shots on the road at Drexel for his third-straight victory in goal.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Andrew Gvozden, Hofstra
Fr., GK, Millersville, Md./Severna Park
Gvozden, now a two-time Rookie of the Week winner, posted a season-best 17 saves in the Pride’s win over Army during the week. The rookie followed his season-best mark by notching his fourth-straight win on the year, making eight saves in Hofstra’s win over Robert Morris.
THAT WASN’T THE ONLY REALLY LONG GAME: Chances are good most college men’s lacrosse fans saw No. 1 Virginia outlast No. 9 Maryland, 10-9, in seven overtimes on ESPN2, March 28. That contest was noted as the longest game in NCAA history, but a couple hours after the Wahoo and Terps’ contest had ended -- the longest game in CAA history began. Villanova visited Sacred Heart Saturday evening and the two teams played into five overtime periods. Sacred Heart came out on top, 8-7, after Jon Flood’s game-winner just six seconds away from moving on to a possible sixth extra period. Two of the longest games in NCAA men’s lacrosse history happened on the same day, and one of them was a CAA contest.
TOWSON’S SEAMAN REACHES 250-WIN MILESTONE: Towson’s victory over Drexel March 28 helped the Tigers’ Head Coach Tony Seaman to the 250th victory of his collegiate coaching career. Seaman, now in his 28th season as a college coach, has a 250-142 record and became the 16th coach in Division I history to reach the 250-win milestone. Towson’s head coach is also one of only eight active coaches who have 250 collegiate wins in their careers.
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 (3-7, 0-1 CAA): Delaware finished the last week 1-1, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over Lehigh at home March 24, then falling at No. 13 Brown, 13-5, March 28. The Blue Hens allowed 29 total shots and just one second half goal by Lehigh, rallying from a 4-3 halftime deficit. Delaware held the nation’s 13th-ranked scorer Ricky Cornetta (3.88 ppg) to just one goal in the Lehigh contest. Mark Steverson posted his first career hat trick with three goals and an assist. Curtis Dickson and Josh Coveleski each had two goals and one assist, while Martin Cahill added a goal and two assists in the win. Noah Fossner came up big with 14 saves against Lehigh. The Lehigh win was the 25th-straight over the Mountain Hawks since 1971 and the 13th consecutive victory in the series at Newark. Saturday No. 13 Brown jumped out to a 4-0 lead and later used a 9-1 run to take control. Kevin Kaminski, Dickson, Steverson, Cahill and Carter Bloor each scored a goal. Fossner had 12 saves and Dan Cooney won 8-of-11 faceoffs. Dickson extended his point-scoring streak to 36-straight games and now ranks fifth among the nation’s current Division I scoring streak list. Dickson’s streak is also second longest in Blue Hen history -- All-American and Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame member Anthony DiMarzo scored a point in a school-record 47 games for Delaware from 1992-95. Dickson recently moved into 20th place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 117 points. Delaware returns to CAA play this week when it faces Hofstra at 5 p.m., April 4 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., as part of the Big City Classic. Over 15,000 tickets have been sold to the tripleheader, which will includes games between North Carolina/Virginia and Princeton/Syracuse.
DREXEL (4-5, 0-1 CAA): Drexel logged an impressive non-conference win on the road to open last week’s play -- downing No. 20 Denver 9-8, March 24. The Dragons returned to Vidas Field March 28 to host Towson in their first league contest of the season. Drexel led early, and took a 4-2 advantage into the fourth quarter against Towson. An unsportsmanlike penalty on Drexel gave Towson a man-up opportunity for a full minute in the fourth allowing the Tigers to take advantage by scoring two goals to grab the lead, then adding two more goals to end the game. Colin Ambler had a pair of assists on the week (one in each contest) and now has 43 in his career which ties him for 14th all-time at Drexel. Ambler, a preseason All-Conference selection, is also just two points shy of 100 for his career. Rookie goalkeeper Mark Manos made 10 saves in the victory at No. 20 Denver and stopped 11 in loss to Towson. The Dragons return to CAA play this weekend when they hit the road to face Robert Morris at 1 p.m., April 4.
No. 7 HOFSTRA (6-1, 2-0 CAA): No. 7 Hofstra picked up its fourth-straight win over Robert Morris March 28, marking its final regular season conference game against the Colonials in the CAA. Prior to the weekend win, the Pride secured a 9-8 double-overtime win at Army thanks to a game-winner from Jay Card with 1:13 left in the second overtime. Hofstra has won nine of the last 11 meetings with Army to narrow the series deficit to 37-16. After its win at Army, Hofstra is now 13-5 in its last 18 overtime games, including a 6-2 mark under head coach Seth Tierney. The Pride is 3-0 at home this year and 9-1 over the past two seasons. Anthony Muscarella has tallied at least one point in 23-straight regular season games for Hofstra, after scoring two goals and an assist against Army and later adding a goal and an assist against Robert Morris. Card is also racking up a consecutive point streak, having registered at least one point in 21-straight regular season games. Hofstra will face Delaware, April 4 at 5 p.m., as part of the Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Pride leads the all-time series against the Blue Hens 21-10. Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.
ROBERT MORRIS (7-4, 0-2 CAA): The Colonials played in only one contest this past week and fell in the conference matchup against No. 6 Hofstra, 11-5. Robert Morris is still looking for its first conference win, as it dropped back-to-back contests to Towson and Hofstra. The Colonials are currently the top scoring squad in the conference with a 20.36 points per game average. Trevor Moore contributed two goals in the Colonials loss to Hofstra bringing his team-leading season totals to 24 goals and 13 assists for 37 points. Moore’s two goals against Hofstra propelled him to what is now an 11-game scoring streak. Corbyn Tao-Brambleby still leads the Colonials in goals with 25 and both Moore and Tao-Brambleby rank 1-2 in the league with scoring averages of 3.36 and 3.18 points per game, respectively. Goalie Sal Barcia continues to be a prime factor in RMU’s success this season maintaining a .553 save percentage, having racked up 121 saves. The Colonials will look to bounce back in conference action April 4, as they host CAA foe Drexel at 1 p.m.
SACRED HEART (3-5, 1-1 CAA): The Pioneers picked up their first CAA win of the season in an 8-7 five-overtime marathon against Villanova March 28. It was the longest game in Sacred Heart lacrosse history, and marked the longest game in CAA Men’s Lacrosse history. Goaltender Zack Frank made a school record 27 saves in the game, bettering Jim Milhausen’s 22 saves mark against Villanova in 2006. Fifteen of Frank’s 27 stops came in the fourth quarter and overtime sessions -- nine stops in the fourth and six in five overtimes. Jon Flood scored the game-winning goal with six seconds left in the fifth overtime. Bobby Rushton scored two goals for the Pioneers. Timmy Katz had a goal and an assist -- the helper coming on the game-winner. The Pioneers are now 2-1 in one goal games this year, with both wins coming in overtime. Sacred Heart will play its next four games on the road, starting with dates at Manhattan (April 1, 3:30 p.m.) and Towson (April 4, 2 p.m.).
TOWSON (4-4, 2-0 CAA): Towson extended its win streak to three-straight with two wins last week. After edging Bucknell 8-7 March 24, the Tigers improved to 2-0 in the CAA with a 7-4 come-from-behind win at Drexel March 28. The Tigers’ three-game win streak is the longest streak since winning three-straight from March 20-31, 2007. Towson rallied from a 4-1 third-quarter deficit against Drexel this past weekend, marking the third time in the last two years the Tigers have rallied from a deficit of three-or-more goals to win. Rob Wheeler made 24 saves and allowed just 11 goals in the two games last week. The junior also tied a career-high by making 14 saves against Bucknell. Bill McCutcheon extended his goal-scoring streak to eight-straight games with a pair of two-goal efforts last week. Randall Cooper has a point in 10-straight games after scoring a goal against Bucknell and tallying an assist against Drexel. Pat Britton scored the eventual game-winner midway through the fourth quarter against Drexel marking his fourth goal of the season, all of which have come on extra-man opportunities. The Tigers will play a pair of games this week, including a short trip to UMBC March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Towson then returns to its CAA schedule April 4 by hosting Sacred Heart at 2 p.m.
VILLANOVA (6-2, 1-1 CAA): Villanova suffered their first conference loss in what ranks as the longest game in CAA Men’s Lacrosse history. The Wildcats fell, 8-7, on the road to Sacred Heart in 5 overtimes March 28. The Wildcats got two goals from Paul Webber who now leads Villanova with 21 points this season, and ranks sixth in the conference with an average of 2.62 points a game. Goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto recorded 10 saves against Sacred Heart -- only his second loss of the season. The senior has made 68 stops and ranks atop the league standings with a goals-against average of 5.59. Villanova hits the road March 31 to take on No. 4 Notre Dame at 4 p.m., then hosts Manhattan for a non-conference game April 4 at 7 p.m.