CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Will Harrington, Towson
Sr., M, Baltimore, Md./Friends School
Harrington earns CAA Player of the Week honors after equalling a career-high with four goals in Towson’s 10-8 win at Delaware. The senior also added an assist in the victory, which helped Towson lock up a berth in the 2009 CAA Championships. Harrington scored three of the four in the first half, and now has scored 18 goals this season.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mark Manos, Drexel
Fr., GK, West Chester, Pa./Salesianum (Del.)
Manos earns his fourth CAA Rookie of the Week honor of the season after making 12 saves in Drexel’s 10-4 win at Sacred Heart. Manos, in a must-win game for the Dragons to keep their CAA Championship hopes alive, allowed just four goals and recorded his seventh-straight 10-save game of the season.
HOFSTRA LOCKS UP HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE; TWO MORE QUALIFY FOR CAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: No. 9 Hofstra locked up home-field advantage in the 2009 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with its two league victories during the week of April 6. 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 Villanova, April 25. Both Towson and Villanova locked up berths in the four-team CAA Championships field with wins this past weekend. Drexel will host Delaware Saturday at 3 p.m., to determine the fourth CAA Championships qualifier -- the game’s winner is in while its loser will be out. Towson will be locked in as the No. 2 seed and a first-round game at home if No. 9 Hofstra beats Villanova. A Villanova win over No. 9 Hofstra will give the Wildcats the No. 2 seed and a first-round home game, while dropping Towson to the third seed. A win for Drexel will propel the Dragons into the Championships as a possible No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Dragons earn the No. 3 seed with a win and a No. 9 Hofstra win, but will fall to the No. 4 seed with a win and a Villanova win. Delaware will make the Championships field for the sixth-straight season as a No. 4 seed with a win over Drexel.
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 (5-9, 2-3 CAA): Delaware snapped a two-game win streak, falling at home to Towson, 10-8, April 18 at Rullo Stadium. Towson scored three-straight goals in the third quarter to take control and held on to edge the Hens for the second-straight year. Martin Cahill led the Blue Hens with two goals while Curtis Dickson and Josh Coveleski each added a goal and an assist. Grant Kaleikau, Kevin Kaminski, Justin Martinelli and Beau Davis each netted a goal in the loss. Noah Fossner stopped eight shots in goal for Delaware. Pat Dowling posted two caused turnovers and extended his Blue Hen career record for caused turnovers to 37. Dowling’s total of 19 caused turnovers this season is three shy of the Delaware record of 22 set by Brian Calabrese in 2007. Dickson extended his point-scoring streak to 39 games, the fifth longest current streak in NCAA Division I. Dickson upped his team-leading goal total to 31, and pushed his career mark to 98. Dickson has now scored a point in 41-of-44 career games played. Delaware honored its six seniors prior to the Towson game, including Beau Davis, Braedon Dennis, Sean Kostkowski, Josh Coveleski and Nick LoManto. Several members of both the Delaware 1984 and 1999 NCAA Tournament teams were on hand and recognized as each squad celebrated milestone reunions. The Blue Hens close out the regular season April 25 at Drexel at 3 p.m., on The Comcast Network. Delaware needs a win to earn a berth and the No. 4 seed in the CAA Championships for a sixth-straight year. The Hens will also be looking to avoid their first 10-loss season since 2003.
DREXEL (6-7, 2-3 CAA): In its second-straight must win game of the season, April 18, Drexel came away with a 10-4 victory at Sacred Heart. The Dragons now control their own destiny in regards to the CAA Championships heading into the weekend. Drexel jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the way to its second league-win this season. Kevin Stockel and Joe Wojciechowski both had a pair of goals against Sacred Heart. Colin Ambler had three points, including two assists in last weekend’s win. Ambler now has 48 career assists, placing him in sole possession of 12th place all-time at Drexel. Kyle Bergman had a goal and an assist in the win over the Pioneers and is the team’s leading freshman scorer with 17 goals and 10 assists for a total of 27 points. Bergman has also recorded at least one point in all but one game this season. Drexel committed a season-low nine turnovers in the Sacred Heart game. Drexel will host Delaware, April 25, in a winner-takes-all game at 3 p.m., on The Comcast Network. A win for the Dragons will secure a spot for them in the CAA Championships, while a loss will end their season. Depending on the Villanova-Hofstra outcome, Drexel can earn the Championships’ No. 3 seed with a win.
No. 9 HOFSTRA (9-2, 5-0 CAA): No. 9 Hofstra dropped its second-straight game in the all-time series with North Carolina, 13-8, but still holds the series lead at 6-3. A season-best crowd of 6,661 watched the contest between two Top-10 teams at Shuart Stadium. The Tar Heels outshot the Pride, 39-31, and picked up 37 ground balls to Hofstra’s 25. North Carolina also benefited in faceoff chances, as UNC’s Shane Walterhoefer won 17-of-25 matchups. Hofstra’s loss to North Carolina snapped its seven-game winning streak -- the longest since 2006. The Pride will host Stony Brook April 21 at 7 p.m., in the Battle of Long Island, before hosting Villanova in the CAA regular season finale, April 25 at 7 p.m. Hofstra is 3-2 all-time against Stony Brook, but the last two games have been decided by one goal including last year’s 14-13 Pride win. The Pride leads the Villanova series 7-4 with the last two games being decided by one goal. A win over Villanova will give the Pride its second 6-0 league mark since the conference’s inaugural season in 2002. Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.
ROBERT MORRIS (8-7, 1-4 CAA): The Colonials faced Villanova April 18, and fell by a score of 16-11 bringing their league record to 1-4. Robert Morris closes out its season April 25 when hosts Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. In the loss to Villanova, Corbyn Tao-Brambleby and Dan Kerch led the team with three goals apiece. It marked Tao-Brambleby’s sixth three-plus goal game of the season. Tao-Brambleby is ranked third in the conference with 2.0 goals per game. Trevor Moore tallied two goals against the Wildcats and is listed fourth in the conference with 1.93 goals per game. He also ranks second in the league averaging 2.93 points-per-game after recording at least one point in Robert Morris’ last 14 games -- the longest scoring streak on the squad. The Colonials head into their final game of the season with their best league and overall record in program history -- the Colonials are guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for the first time in school history.
SACRED HEART (4-9, 1-4 CAA): The Pioneers lost to Drexel, 10-4, on Senior Night April 18 at Campus Field. Evan Morgan scored two goals to lead the Sacred Heart offense. Bobby Karl and Dan Casciano also netted goals in the final home games of their careers. Timmy Katz was held without a point for the first time all season and Dennis Gannon had his four-game goal-scoring streak snapped. Sacred Heart has now lost five-straight meetings with Drexel. Sacred Heart will close out the 2009 season with a trip to Robert Morris April 25 at 1 p.m.
TOWSON (6-7, 4-2 CAA): Towson snapped a two-game losing streak and secured a berth in the CAA Championships by posting a 10-8 win at Delaware April 18. The victory was the Tigers’ second-straight over the Blue Hens in the all-time series. The Tigers secured their sixth CAA Tournament appearance in seven years with the victory over the Blue Hens. The win over Delaware also upped the Tigers’ record against unranked opponents to 6-1 this season. Towson reached the 10-goal mark for the fifth time this season, and is now 4-1 in 2009 when scoring 10-or-more goals in a game. Will Harrington led the Tigers against Delaware by scoring four goals and adding an assist in the victory. Harrington’s four goals matched a career-high – he also had four goals against Sacred Heart April 4. Harrington and Pat Britton each scored an extra-man goal in the win Saturday. The duo has combined to score 12 of Towson’s 19 extra-man goals this season. Bill McCutcheon snapped a four-game goal-scoring drought with a pair of goals in the win over Delaware. Rob Wheeler made 13 saves in the win over Delaware, marking his seventh 10-save effort of the season. The Tigers will end the regular season this week with a pair of non-conference games. Towson will host No. 7 Johns Hopkins, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the 37th installment of a series which the Blue Jays lead 33-3 -- Johns Hopkins has won 13-straight in the series. The Tigers end the regular season April 26 at Penn with a 2 p.m. opening faceoff.
VILLANOVA (9-4, 3-2 CAA): Villanova defeated Robert Morris 16-11, April 18, for its third conference win this season. The Wildcats have held opponents to 86 goals this season while scoring 129 in 13 games. Goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto scored his first career goal Saturday and earned his ninth win of the season. DiLoreto has notched 109 saves and has a league-best goals-against average of 6.23 on the season. Matthew Fritts and Chris MacDonald have recorded at least one point in each of the Wildcats’ 13 games this season. Villanova finishes the season with a trip to No. 9 Hofstra, April 25, at 7 p.m. A win for the Wildcats will give them the No. 2 seed in the 2009 CAA Championships, while a loss would dropt them to the Championships’ No. 3 or No. 4 seed dependant on the Delaware-Drexel outcome.