CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jay Card, Hofstra
So., A, Caledon, Ontario, Canada/The Hill Academy


Card earned his second CAA Player of the Week honor of the season after scoring half of Hofstra’s goals in the Pride’s 10-8 win over Delaware April 4.  The win, in front of 22,308 at the Big City Classic in East Rutherford, N.J., marked Hofstra’s fifth-straight victory and propelled it to a Top-5 national ranking.  Card also registered two assists on the day equalling a career-best seven points in the win.

 

CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kyle Buchanan, Robert Morris
Fr., M, Nepean, Ontario, Canada/John McCrae


Buchanan earns CAA Rookie of the Week honors after notching three assists in the Colonials’ 11-10 win over Drexel April 4.  The victory over the Dragons marked Robert Morris’ first-ever CAA win since joining the conference in 2006.  Buchanan’s helpers came in the second, third and fourth quarters as his last assist was part of the game-winning goal from Billy Conques.

 

CONFERENCE NOTES

CAA TAKES PART IN LARGEST REGULAR SEASON NCAA LACROSSE EVENT:  No. 5 Hofstra topped Delaware, 10-8, April 4 in the Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  The league contest was part of a Saturday tripleheader which featured No. 1 Virginia topping No. 10 North Carolina, 11-10, and No. 2 Princeton topping No. 5 Syracuse, 12-8.  More than 22,000 (22,308) attended the event, setting an NCAA attendance record for a lacrosse-only event during the regular season.  The Pride and Blue Hens played the third-and-final game of the tripleheader.

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 that same 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.

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 (3-8, 0-2 CAA): The heartbreaking losses continued to mount for Delaware this past week as the Blue Hens fell to Hofstra, 10-8, April 4 in the Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  More than 22,000 watched the Big City Classic tripleheader, which featured games between Virginia and North Carolina as well as Princeton vs. Syracuse, helping to set an NCAA attendance record for a lacrosse-only event during the regular season.  The crowd was also the second largest ever to watch a Delaware men’s lacrosse game.  Delaware has lost five games in 2009 by three goals or less and have lost both CAA games by a combined total of three goals.  Saturday’s game against Hofstra featured five ties, while  the Hens outshot the Pride 38-28.  Delaware rallied from a 9-7 deficit pulling to within 9-8 on a goal by Mark Steverson with 1:21 left.  The Blue Hens won the ensuing faceoff, but had two shot attempts go wide.  Curtis Dickson was headed to the goal with under 10 seconds remaining but was stripped of the ball as Hofstra recovered and scored with one second left.  Martin Cahill led the Hens with three goals (including the 50th of his career), while Curtis Dickson and Phil Rollins each had a goal and an assist.  Dickson’s goal and assist extended his three-year point-scoring streak to 36-straight games -- the fifth-longest current streak in NCAA Division I and the second-longest all-time in Delaware history.  Goalkeeper Noah Fossner made 12 saves and has now posted 10-or-more save in 10-straight games.  Delaware will try for its first CAA win April 8 at home against Sacred Heart at 7 p.m.  The Hens will then travel to Robert Morris April 11, looking to end their road losing streak in a 3 p.m. contest.

DREXEL (4-6, 0-2 CAA):
Drexel lost for the second-straight time, falling to Robert Morris, 11-10, on the road April 4.  Kevin Stockel paced the Dragons with a career-high four goals against Robert Morris, while Mark Manos made 11 saves in the contest.  Manos, a three-time CAA Rookie of the Week, has recorded double-figure saves eight times this season, including a string of four-straight games.  Colin Ambler garnered two goals and an assist at Robert Morris, helping push him over the 100-point career mark at Drexel.  The junior now has 101 points and 44 career assists in his three years at Drexel.  Ambler’s career assist total places him 14th all-time in career assists for the Dragons.  Drexel faces two of the Top-3 teams in the league this week when it travels to No. 5 Hofstra April 8 for a 7 p.m. contest.  The Dragons then return home to host Villanova April 11 at 3 p.m., on The Comcast Network.

No. 5 HOFSTRA (7-1, 3-0 CAA): Hofstra faced Delaware for the 32nd time April 4, and earned a 10-8 win as part of the Big City Classic.  More than 22,000 watched the Big City Classic tripleheader, which featured games between Virginia and North Carolina as well as Princeton vs. Syracuse.  The Pride posted its fifth-straight win, topping last year’s four-game streak and marking the longest  win streak since its 17-game streak in 2006.  Tom Dooley snapped out of a three-game scoring drought with two goals including the game-winner over Delaware.  The contest with the Blue Hens included five game-tying goals, but only had one lead change.  Delaware outshot Hofstra, 38-28, and picked up 21 ground balls to the Pride’s 19.  Dan Stein and Anthony Muscarella added a goal and an assist in the contest, while CAA Player of the Week Jay Card accounted for five of the team’s 10 goals.  Hofstra hosts Drexel April 8 at 7 p.m., then will travel to Towson April 11 for a 2 p.m. contest on WMAR/ESPNU.  Hofstra is 19-2 against the Dragons and 21-18 against the Tigers.  Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.

ROBERT MORRIS (8-4, 1-2 CAA): Robert Morris notched its first-ever CAA win Saturday over Drexel, 11-10.  The Colonials joined the league in 2006, and had gone 18-straight league games without registering a win.  Robert Morris has now played in two one-goal games this season and won both.  Last season the Colonials were defeated in all five of their one-goal games.  Six Robert Morris players nabbed goals in the win and five of those players tallied multi-goal games including Brandon Johnson, Billy Conques, Pat Smith, Taylor Caparosa and Keith Lee.  Goalkeeper Sal Barcia stopped 11 shots for his seventh double-digit save performance of the season.  CAA Rookie of the Week Kyle Buchanan put in a strong showing by tallying a career and team-high three assists.  The Colonials continue to lead the league in points per game with 20.08.  Trevor Moore leads Robert Morris in points with 38, while Corbyn Tao-Brambleby is a close second with 35 points and leads the squad in goals with 25.  Moore and Pat Smith are both on an 11-game point streak.  The Colonials return to action April 7, at 3 p.m., to take on Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y.  They will then return home to face Delaware April 11 at 3 p.m.

SACRED HEART (3-7, 1-2 CAA): Sacred Heart lost two games this week, falling to Manhattan, 10-5, then dropping a 16-8 decision on the road at Towson April 4.   Dan Casciano factored in on half of the Pioneers’ goals on the week, including six goals and an assist in SHU’s two games. The senior scored three goals and added a helper against Manhattan, then netted three more scores against Towson.  Casciano is now second on the team with 17 points on the year, including 13 goals and four assists.  The Pioneers will play two more road games this week, traveling to Delaware April 8 for a 7 p.m. contest before visiting Quinnipiac April 11 for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.

TOWSON (5-5, 3-0 CAA): The Tigers split a pair of games last week, dropping a 14-4 contest at UMBC March 31 before earning a 16-8 win over Sacred Heart April 4.  The Tigers have now won four of their last five after starting the season 1-4.  Towson is 0-5 against nationally-ranked opponents this season, earning wins over only unranked opponents.  The Tigers have started their conference schedule with three-straight wins for the fourth time in eight years and the first time since 2007.  Towson set a season-high with the 16 goals against the Pioneers, marking the highest single-game output since last season’s finale against Penn when the Tigers scored 18 goals in an 18-12 victory.  Will Harrington led the Tigers to the victory April 4 by scoring a career-high four goals, including three during a 10-0 run by the Tigers.  Dan Kramer and John Lamon scored the first goals of their college careers in the victory.  Towson continues to excel on the extra-man advantage this season, scoring a season-high four extra-man goals against Sacred Heart, and has now converted at least one extra-man opportunity in 11-straight games  The Tigers travel to Villanova for a 7 p.m. game against the Wildcats April 8.  Towson welcomes No. 5 Hofstra to Unitas Stadium for a 1 p.m. game, April 11, which will be televised on WMAR (Baltimore) and ESPNU (Nationally).

VILLANOVA (7-3, 1-1 CAA): Villanova suffered a 9-7 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame March 31, but rebounded with a home win over Manhattan, 8-4, April 4.  Tim Driscoll continues to lead Villanova with 20 goals, after tallying three in the loss at Notre Dame and two against Manhattan Saturday.  Chris MacDonald has recorded at least one point in all of the Wildcats contests in 2009.  Villanova has outscored its opponents 62-92 in 2009, allowing a league best 5.99 goals a game.  Goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto has notched 83 saves and has a goals-against average of 5.77 which leads the league by more than 1.5 goals a game.  The Wildcats host Towson April 8 at 7 p.m., then travel to Drexel April 11 for a contest at 3 p.m., on The Comcast Network.