CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Preview
RICHMOND, Va. (May 1, 2013) – The 2013 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship is set to begin Friday, May 3rd, in Towson, Md., as four squads will be vying for the CAA’s automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
The championship, which will be hosted at Towson University in a final four format, begins Friday at 1:00 p.m. with the first semifinal as top-seeded Towson (8-8, 6-1 CAA) takes on fourth-seeded Drexel (11-6, 4-3) at the Towson Center Soccer/Lacrosse Complex. The second semifinal features second-seeded James Madison (11-5, 6-1) taking on third-seeded Hofstra (10-7, 4-3) at 3:30 p.m. The championship game is set to take place Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m.
Towson, which is hosting the championship for the third straight year, is looking to defend its 2012 title and win its fifth championship overall. The Tigers entered the season ranked 17th in the preseason IWLCA Coaches Poll but faced a tough non-conference schedule and suffered six losses against ranked opponents. The Tigers were able to regroup and finish 6-1 in CAA play, including a 16-10 victory over then No. 19 James Madison that clinched the number one seed.
The Tigers are led offensively by junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle and junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback who have accounted for 35 percent of the team’s points this season. Coogle tops the team and ranks second in the CAA with 40 goals to go along with four assists for a team-leading 44 points. Rohrback leads the CAA with 2.30 assists per game (23 total) while adding 18 goals for 41 points. Anchoring the defense is senior defender Alexa Demski, who leads the Tigers with 32 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers.
James Madison is seeking to win its third CAA championship in four seasons after narrowly falling to Towson, 8-7, in last year’s title game. JMU, which is receiving votes in the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll, opened the season with a 5-1 record highlighted by a 9-8 overtime victory over then No. 11 Loyola on March 16th. The Dukes were able to earn a share of the CAA regular season championship with their 6-1 record in conference play, which included a dramatic 9-8 three-overtime victory over Hofstra.
The Dukes boast the top offense in the CAA with a league-leading 11.1 goals per game and 15.4 points per game. Leading the charge offensively for JMU are senior attacker Casey Ancarrow and junior attacker Amy Roguski. Ancarrow leads the team with 53 points on 41 goals and 12 assists while Roguski ranks second with 40 points on 33 goals and seven assists. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy has made 130 saves this season (.481 sv. pct.) and has a goal against average of 9.77.
Hofstra clinched the final berth in the championship after knocking off Drexel 12-10 in the regular season finale last Saturday. The Pride will be looking to win their second CAA title and enters the tournament as the three seed with a 4-3 conference record. Hofstra locked up the spot by handing Towson its only conference loss of the season on April 19th.
Hofstra features one of the top defenses in the CAA, leading the league with nine caused turnovers per game and ranking second with 17.8 ground balls per game. Leading the Pride’s defensive unit is April Iannetta who leads the CAA with two caused turnovers per game (34 total) while adding 40 ground balls and 49 draw controls. Hofstra’s top threat offensively is sophomore attacker Brittain Altomare, who leads the team with 64 points on 32 goals and 32 assists.
Drexel is looking to win its first CAA championship after earning the four seed with a 4-3 mark in conference play. The Dragons, who are appearing it their third straight championship, earned a berth in the tournament by virtue of its 11-6 victory over Delaware on April 19th. The Dragons’ 11 victories this season are tied for the most in the CAA and include an 11-8 upset victory over then No. 11 Penn on February 23rd.
The Dragons have allowed the least amount of goals by any team in the CAA this season thanks in part to sophomore goalkeeper Teresha Bradley, who boasts a league-leading 8.23 goals against average to go along with a .441 save percentage. Senior midfielder Kelli Joran and senior attacker Alyse Maiden lead the Dragons’ offense, accounting for 41 percent of the team’s goals this season. Joran tops Drexel with 36 goals while Maiden ranks first in points with 53 on 33 goals and 20 assists.
For full coverage of the 2013 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship including daily recaps, highlights, live results, and official program visit the Championship Central page. Fans not able to attend the championship action can watch live coverage of all three games free on CAA.TV and various Comcast SportsNet regional websites including csnwashington.com and csnphilly.com.
CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP (TOWSON SOCCER/LACROSSE COMPLEX - TOWSON, MD)
May 3 - Semifinals
#4 Drexel at #1 Towson - 1:00 p.m.
#3 Hofstra vs. #2 James Madison - 3:30 p.m.
May 5 - Finals
CAA Championship - 1:00 p.m.