CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Colin Ambler, Drexel
Jr., A, Abington, Pa./Abington
Ambler garners Player of the Week honors for the first time this season after tallying two goals and two assists in Drexel’s 10-8 win over Delaware. The victory for the Dragons helped earn a berth in the 2009 CAA Championships, and eliminated the Blue Hens from Championship contention. Ambler now leads Drexel on the season with 20 goals.
CAA MEN’S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kevin Ford, Hofstra
Fr., A, Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park
Ford earns his second Rookie of the Week honor of the season after garnering eight goals and three assists over two games last week for the Pride. Ford tallied five goals and an assist in Hofstra’s win over Stony Brook, then followed it up with three goals and two assists in the victory against Villanova. Hofstra’s win over Villanova helped secure an unblemished league mark of 6-0 for the Pride.
2009 CAA MEN’S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS FIELD SET: The field is set for the 2009 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Drexel’s, 10-8, win over Delaware in Saturday’s regular-season finale set the four-team field, while Hofstra’s, 10-3, win over Villanova finalized the pairings. The tournament opens with a pair of semifinal contests Wednesday, April 29. Top-seeded and ninth-ranked Hofstra (11-2, 6-0 in CAA) hosts No. 4-seed Villanova (9-5, 3-3 in CAA) at 7 p.m., while second-seeded Towson (6-9, 4-2 in CAA) entertains third-seeded Drexel (7-7, 3-3 in CAA) at 7:30 p.m. The winners will meet Saturday, May 2, in the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed. Opening faceoff time of the Championship game will be determined following the semifinal contests.
HOFSTRA’S CARD A TEWAARATON TROPHY FINALIST: Hofstra sophomore attackman Jay Card was named one of 21 nominees for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy as college lacrosse’s Player of the Year, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced recently. Card, a native of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, leads the ninth-ranked Pride in scoring with a career-high 30 goals and nine assists for 39 points. Card, who has seven game-winning goals this season, ranks first in the CAA in goals (2.31) and points (3.00) per game. He also ranked 14th in the nation in goals and 27th in points per contest going into last weekend’s action. The Ninth Annual Tewaaraton Trophy Award Ceremony will be held at The University Club of Washington D.C., Thursday, May 28 at 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.
DELAWARE (5-10, 2-4 CAA): Delaware’s season came to a tough end April 25 at Vidas Field as the Blue Hens dropped a 10-8 decision to Drexel with a CAA Championships berth at stake. The Dragons scored three goals in a span of 1:17 midway through the fourth quarter to take command and held off Delaware down the stretch to advance to the CAA semifinal round. The Blue Hens lost their second-straight game and failed to make the CAA Championships for the first time since the 2003 season -- snapping a school-record five-straight league Championship appearances. Each of Delaware’s four league losses this season came by two goals or less and of the 10 setbacks, seven came by a margin of three goals or less. All-American Curtis Dickson, Mark Steverson and Kevin Kaminski each scored two goals to pace the Blue Hens against Drexel. Dickson, who also dished out two assists, extended his point-scoring streak to 40-straight games, while his second goal at Drexel marked the 100th of his career. Dickson, who ended the season as the team’s leading scorer with 33 goals and 12 assists for 45 points, is now one of only 13 players in school history to reach the 100-goal plateau in his career. Delaware had won two-straight over Drexel, including a 12-11 win last year in Newark , Del., prior to Saturday’s loss. Pat Dowling recorded three caused turnovers to up his team-leading total to 22 and tie the Delaware single-season record of 22 set by Brian Calabrese in 2007.
DREXEL (7-7, 3-3 CAA): Drexel earned its third-straight trip into the CAA Championships with a dramatic 10-8 win over Delaware, April 25. The Dragons were 3-for-7 on the man-up and garnered all three of it extra-man goals in the first half. Drexel won 12-of-21 faceoffs against the Blue Hens, who were ranked among the nation’s Top-3 in faceoff percentage going into the game. Brendan Baker picked up five ground balls in the win. CAA Player of the Week Colin Ambler notched two goals and two assists in the win, including the 50th assist of his career. Rookie goalkeeper Mark Manos extended his streak of 10+ saves in a game to what is now eight-straight contests, and now has a goals-against average of 8.24 -- third-best in the league. Drexel honored nine seniors prior to the Delaware game. The Dragons will hit the road to face Towson, April 29, in the second of two CAA Semifinal matchups. Opening faceoff at Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md., is slated for 7:30 p.m. Drexel fell 7-4 to Towson in the 2009 regular-season matchup between the two teams.
No. 9 HOFSTRA (11-2, 6-0 CAA): Hofstra will be competing for their second-straight CAA Championship and the third in four years following a 10-3 win over Villanova, April 25. The victory over Villanova allowed the Pride to post its first undefeated conference season since 2006 when it also finished the regular-season league-slate with a mark of 6-0. Hofstra, which will face Villanova in a rematch of the season finale Wednesday, is 8-4 all-time against the Wildcats going into the CAA Semifinals, April 29. The Pride has not lost a CAA Championships game at Shuart Stadium, having gone 4-0 in those contest. Prior to it joining CAA Men’s Lacrosse in 2002, Hofstra was 3-0 in America East Tournament games played at Shuart Stadium. Villanova’s three goals April 25 were the fewest allowed this season by the Pride, and the least since a 20-3 victory over Sacred Heart in 2008. Hofstra also picked up a 12-11 win over Long Island-rival Stony Brook, April 21, marking the Pride’s sixth one-goal decision of the season. Hofstra is 6-0 in one-goal contests this season, while head coach Seth Tierney has led the Pride to a mark of 13-9 in one-goal decisions during his three-year tenure. Michael Colleluori is writing a weekly blog for Inside Lacrosse while Dan Stein does the same for NCAA.com.
ROBERT MORRIS (9-7, 2-4 CAA): The Colonials finished the 2009 season with their best conference and overall record in program history. Robert Morris topped Sacred Heart 13-12 in its final game of the season, April 25. The Colonials earned their first conference wins this season against Drexel and Sacred Heart, winning both by just one goal. The Colonials finished the season with a 9-7 overall record, marking the first-ever winning record for the Robert Morris program. In RMU’s win over Sacred Heart, goalkeeper Sal Barcia tallied 23 saves which ties an RMU single-game record. Patrick Smith led the team with five goals, while Corbyn Tao-Brambleby finished with two goals and two assists. Trevor Moore finished with two goals and one assist and will enter next season on a 15-game point streak. Moore and Tao-Brambleby are tied for third in the conference in goals per game with 1.94, while Tao-Brambleby is tied for first with seven man-up goals.
SACRED HEART (4-10, 1-5 CAA): The Pioneers dropped their 2009 season finale, falling to Robert Morris 13-12, April 25, in Moon Township, Pa. Timmy Katz, Joe Cardi, Evan Morgan and Jon Flood all scored two goals for Sacred Heart in the losing effort. Katz finished the season with a team-leading 21 goals and 28 points, ranking sixth in the league with a goals-per-game mark of 1.50. Dan Casciano also had 19 goals and 26 points on the year. Sacred Heart ended the season with an overall mark of 4-10, to go with its league record of 1-5.
TOWSON (6-9, 4-2 CAA): The Tigers dropped a pair of non-conference games to end the regular season. After an 11-10 double-overtime loss to No. 7 Johns Hopkins April 22, the Tigers lost at Penn, 10-6, April 26. Justin Schneider had a great week for the Tigers, scoring five goals with two assists in two games. After a two-goal, two-assist effort against the Blue Jays Wednesday, Schneider tallied the first hat-trick of his career with a three-goal effort against Penn. Schneider became the fourth Tiger to score three-or-more goals in a game this season and is tied for the team-lead with 14 assists on the year. Mitchell Rosensweig became the eighth player in Towson history to record 100 ground balls in a season with a five ground ball effort against Penn. Rosensweig leads the CAA with 104 ground balls in 15 games and has picked up 209 career ground balls, two shy of moving past Carl Beernink, ’92 for 10th place on the Tigers’ career list. Randall Cooper enters the CAA Championships with a six-game point-scoring streak. The Tigers and the Dragons will be meeting for the second time this season and the 40th time in an all-time series which Towson leads by a 35-4 margin. The Tigers helped head coach Tony Seaman earn his 250th collegiate coaching win with a 7-4 victory over the Dragons at Vidas Field in the previous meeting. Towson will be making its sixth appearance in the CAA Championships over the last seven seasons. The Tigers have a 7-2 all-time record in CAA Championship play and are 4-1 all-time in the semifinal rounds. Opening faceoff against the Dragons at Unitas Stadium is at 7:30 p.m.
VILLANOVA (9-5, 3-3 CAA): Villanova finished the season 3-3 in the CAA for the second-straight year following a 10-3 loss at Hofstra. The loss, coupled with Drexel’s win over Delaware, forces the Wildcats into a rematch at Hofstra just five days after the season finale against the Pride. Tim Driscoll led the team all season with 24 goals, marking a goals/game average of 1.71 which is fifth best in the league. Goalkeeper Andrew DiLoreto leads the CAA in goals-against average with a mark of 6.49, and has recorded a 120 saves in 14 contests. Matthew Fritts and Chris MacDonald have each recorded a point in all 14 of Villanova’s games this season. Opening faceoff for the Wildcats and Pride in the first of two CAA Championship semifinal contests is slated for 7 p.m., at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.