CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Curtis Dickson, Delaware
Jr., A, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia/Riverside
Dickson scored seven goals and dished out three assists in the Blue Hens’ two wins on the week. The senior scored three goals in the 7-6 victory over Sacred Heart then netted four second-half goals in the 12-10 win over Robert Morris. The two hat tricks on the week give him five this season and 15 for his career.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Muscarella, Hofstra
Sr., M, Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh
Muscarella helped Hofstra to clinch home-field advantage in the CAA Championships by notching two wins on the week. Muscarella first tallied three goals and an assist in the 12-7 win over Drexel, and later posted a four-goal effort in the Prides’ come-from-behind 11-10 win on the road over Towson. Muscarella now has 17 goals on the season to go with six assists in nine games.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Grant Kaleikau, Delaware
Fr., A, Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill
Kaleikau entered the week having not scored a goal in his short Blue Hen career and exited the week with three goals and an assist in two Delaware wins. The rookie earned his first career start against Sacred Heart and scored twice in the win. Kaleikau backed that performance with a goal and an assist in the victory over Robert Morris later in the week.
HOFSTRA LOCKS UP HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: Seventh-ranked Hofstra locked up home-field advantage in the 2009 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with its two league victories last week. The Pride is 5-0 in CAA play and can earn the league’s second-ever 6-0 conference mark (Hofstra, 2006) with a home-win over No. 19 Villanova, April 25. There is currently a log-jam in the race for the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the championships as all six remaining teams are within a game of each other. The picture will become clearer after this weekend’s play and will be set following the season’s final weekend, April 25.
HONORING THE PAST: Both Delaware and Hofstra have plans to honor some of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of both programs during ceremonies this weekend. The Blue Hens will recognize the 1984 and 1999 NCAA Tournament teams during halftime of it contest against Towson, April 18. The 1999 USILA National Player of the Year, and two-time Major League Lacrosse MVP, John Grant will also be on hand for the weekend’s festivities. Hofstra will retire the jersey’s of three-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy honoree Doug Shanahan and two-time All-American Jerry Simandl during halftime of its contest against North Carolina, April 18.
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 (5-8, 2-2 CAA): Delaware enjoyed a successful week as the Hens went 2-0 with league-wins over Sacred Heart and Robert Morris to get back into the CAA playoff race. CAA Co-Player of the Week Curtis Dickson scored three to lead Delaware past Sacred Heart, 7-6, at home April 8. CAA Rookie of the Week Grant Kaleikau scored two goals against Sacred Heart, including one which tied the game at 6-6 with 12:31 left, and Justin Martinelli scored the game-winner with 10:32 left marking the first goals by Blue Hen freshmen all season. Delaware won its second-straight game against Robert Morris as Dickson had four goals and three assists and Martin Cahill added four goals and an assist. Goalkeeper Noah Fossner had 16 saves against the Colonials. Dickson extended his point-scoring streak to 38 games on the week and notched his fifth hat trick of the season. With the win over Robert Morris, the Blue Hens snapped a 10-game road losing streak and six-game CAA road losing streak. Pat Dowling had two caushed turnovers against Sacred Heart and one against Robert Morris to up his season total to 17, move his career total to 35 and break the Delaware career mark of 34 set by Evan Crowther-Washburn (2005-08). The Hens host Towson April 18 at 1 p.m., and will be celebrating Youth Lacrosse Day at Rullo Stadium.
DREXEL (5-7, 1-3 CAA): Drexel squandered a five-goal halftime lead to Villanova, but still came away with it first league win of the season April 11. The Dragons led 7-2 at halftime, but Villanova scored five-straight goals in the span of 4:07 to tie it up. Kyle Bergman broke an 8-8 tie with a goal at the 5:47 mark of the fourth to push Drexel in front. Goalkeeper Mark Manos made 16 saves in the win against Villanova including 10 saves in the first half and four in the fourth quarter. Scott Perri added a pair of goals and two assists against Villanova. Joe Wojciechowski passed out a career-best three assists in the loss at Hofstra April 8. Five Dragons have at least 10 goals thus far in the year, while Colin Ambler leads the club with 17. Ambler, who scored three goals against Villanova and had a pair of assists in the loss to Hofstra, is now tied for 12th all-time at Drexel with 46 career assists -- needing 11 to move into the school’s Top-10. The Dragons travel to Sacred Heart April 18 for a 7 p.m. contest.
No. 7 HOFSTRA (9-1, 5-0 CAA): Hofstra improved to 22-18 all-time against Towson and 20-2 against Drexel with wins over both squads this past week. Hofstra coach Seth Tierney recorded his 25th victory as a head coach in this his third year as head coach of the Pride. He is now 25-15 overall and 13-4 in CAA play. In those 40 games under Coach Tierney there have been 21 one-goal decisions (12-9) and six two-goal decisions (6-0). Hofstra played its fifth one-goal decision game of the season and is 5-0 in those contests. Hofstra is also 7-0 in games decided by two goals or less. Hofstra’s current seven-game winning streak is the longest since it achieved a school-record 17-game win streak in 2006. Ryan Carter notched his second career game-winning goal April 11 with three seconds remaining to beat Towson, 11-10. Carter is enjoying the best season of his career with seven goals and five assists. Michael Colleluori equaled his single-season best performance with an assist against Towson to boost his 2009 totals to 10 goals and 15 assists. Tom Dooley, who scored four goals against Drexel and one against Towson, tallied his 100th-career goal against the Tigers. He now has 100 goals and 21 assists in his 59-game Hofstra career. Kevin Ford notched his first hat trick of the season and the second of his career Saturday at Towson with three goals. Hofstra hosts No. 10 North Carolina April 18 in a non-conference contest at 7 p.m. The Pride is 6-2 against the Tar Heels. Prior to last season’s 13-9 loss to North Carolina, Hofstra had won the previous four. Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.
ROBERT MORRIS (8-6, 1-3 CAA): Robert Morris took on Canisius and Delaware last week and fell to both the Griffs and Blue Hens by close scores, 7-6 and 12-10, respectively. After leading for the majority of the game against Canisius, the Griffs went on a scoring spree and captured four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to steal the win from Robert Morris. The Colonials fell to CAA foe Delaware April 11, dropping the Colonials to 1-3 in league play and 8-6 overall. Kyle Buchanan led the Colonials with a career-high three goals in the loss to Delaware. Buchanan has now tallied at least one point in the last 11 games and is the top rookie assist producer on the team. Corbyn Tao-Brambleby and Trevor Moore combine for five goals and two assists this weekend and are both tied for third in the league and tops on the team in goals with 27 apiece. Moore and Patrick Smith have acquired the longest point streak on the team, having scored at least one point in Colonials’ last 13 games. Robert Morris heads to Villanova April 18 for its final road game of the season -- opening faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
SACRED HEART (4-8, 1-3 CAA): Sacred Heart split two games this week, dropping a 7-6 decision at Delaware April 8 before topping Quinnipiac, 12-9, in a non-conference contest April 18. The win over the Bobcats snapped a four-game losing streak for the Pioneers. Goaltender Zack Frank made 35 saves on the week, including 22 against Delaware and 13 in win the over Quinnipiac. Evan Morgan led the Pioneer attack with eight points, including two goals and eight assists on the week, while Dan Casciano added six points -- five goals and an assist. Sacred Heart returns home to face Drexel at 7 p.m., for Senior Night, April 18, at Campus Field.
TOWSON (5-7, 3-2 CAA): Towson dropped a pair of games last week and is now 5-7 overall with a 3-2 CAA record. After falling 13-4 against Villanova, the Tigers fell to Hofstra by a score of 11-10 April 11. The Tigers had a 10-7 lead over the Pride before Hofstra scored four-straight goals in the final 6:31 to beat the Tigers for the fourth time in the last five meetings. Bill McCutcheon was held without a point for the first time this season against Villanova, snapping a 10-game point-scoring streak. Peter Mezzanotte tied a career-high by recording five caused turnovers against Villanova. Mezzanotte now has 32 caused turnovers in 12 games this season. Making the first start of his college career, Pat Britton tallied the first hat trick of his college career with a three-goal effort against Hofstra April 11. For Britton, the Hofstra game was also his third-straight with a goal and the third multi-goal game of his career. Justin Schneider tied a career-high with three assists against Hofstra, marking three-straight games with an assist. Along with Britton, Will Harrington and Michael Landy all made the first starts of their college careers against Hofstra. The Tigers will wrap up their CAA schedule on Saturday when they face Delaware at Rullo Stadium in a 1 p.m. contest.
No. 19 VILLANOVA (8-4, 2-2 CAA): Villanova started the week by defeating Towson 13-4, holding its opponent to four goals for the fifth time this season. The Wildcats then suffered an 8-9 loss to Drexel April 11. Villanova’s Chris MacDonald and Matthew Fritts continued their streak of scoring at least one point in each game this season. MacDonald scored a goal and had an assist against Towson, while Fritts scored twice. Against Drexel, MacDonald passed out two assists and Fritts against scored twice. Tim Driscoll continues to lead the Wildcats with 23 goals after notching two in the loss at Drexel. Villanova will host Robert Morris April 18, its final home game of the season, as opening faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.