Men's Lacrosse Weekly Report - April 22
Robert Church • Drexel | Sr., A, Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best
Church earned CAA Player of the Week after helping the Dragons secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAA championship with a 14-11 win over Towson. The senior attacker scored four goals to go along with three assists for seven points. Church scored the Dragons’ first goal of the game to cut the Tigers’ lead, 3-1. His second goal snapped a 5-5 tie at the start of the third period, which allowed the Dragons to take the lead and they never looked back. With the win, the senior helped the Dragons record their eighth straight home victory.
Will Manny • Massachusetts | Sr., A, Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
Manny collected CAA Player of the Week accolades after leading the Minutemen to a come-from-behind 9-8 road win over #20 Hofstra last week. The senior attackman set a single-game career high with six assists. He also simultaneously surpassed the previous single-game CAA total for the 2013 season, while tying for the sixth-most recorded assists among all NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse programs this season. Despite not recording a goal against the Pride in two on-goal shot attempts, Manny still finished with the third-most points among all CAA scorers last week, while doubling the next-most assists earned. Since his return from a broken thumb seven games ago, the senior attacker has tallied 23 points (8 g/15 a), including 12 points in the past two games on two goals and 10 assists.
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Zach Oliveri • Massachusetts | Fr., GK, Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Connetquot
Oliveri received CAA Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season after helping Massachusetts erase a pair of four-goal deficits. The freshman goalkeeper finished the game with 13 saves, the second most on the week for a CAA goalie. He limited Hofstra to just two goals over the final 30 minutes of play, giving UMass the chance to erase its deficit and come back for the win.
2013 CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn State (No. 1), Drexel (No. 2) and Towson (No. 3) have all clinched their seeds in the upcoming 2013 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Hofstra, Massachusetts and Saint Joseph’s are in contention for the final seed. As the top-seed, Penn State earned the right to host the 2013 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which will include the entire final four setting this year. All three games will be played at the Penn State Lacrosse Field in University Park. The CAA semifinals will be held on May 1, while the championship game will be played on May 3. Top-seeded Penn State will face the No. 4 seeded team in the first semifinal at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, while second-seeded Drexel will take on No. 3 Towson at 5:30 p.m., that evening. The championship final game will be played on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m., in University Park, Pa.