2019 CAA Tournament Preview

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The 2019 CAA tournament will be held at UMass and kicks off on Thursday, May 2nd with the semifinals. The championship game will be played on Saturday, May 4th. 

In the semifinals, number one seed UMass will face number four seed Drexel while the number two and three seeds in Delaware and Towson will go head-to-head as well. The past few years we have seen some crazy stuff in the CAA tournament, so don’t expect anything less this year either. 

#1 UMass vs #4 Drexel – Semifinals 

Judging by the past, this matchup could be a very exciting one to say the least. In the regular season meeting UMass beat Drexel juts by one point in a 10-9 win.

The Minutemen of UMass come into this game after winning their last three to end the regular season. They are led on offense by a pair of attackmen in sophomore Chris Connolly and freshman Gabriel Procyk. Connolly has tallied 61 points (26G,35A) thus far while Procyk has a total of 39 points (34G,5A) thus far. Senior LSM Isaac Paparo isthe heart and soul of the minutemen as he does a ton for them, especially on the defensive end of the field. UMass is a scary team all over the field. 

Drexel comes into the post-season after a bumpy regular season that ended with a loss on Saturday. However, the Dragons can be a huge threat in the tournament as it is May and anything can happen. They are led by a pair of junior attackman in Matthew Varian and Reid Bowering who each have 50 plus points on the year. The Dragons also have a tough defense that is anchored by Ross Blumenthal in cage as he has 90 saves with a 49% save percentage on the year. 

#2 Delaware vs #3 Towson – Semifinals

In the second semifinal Delaware and Towson will square up with one another for what should be a fantastic game. In the regular season meeting, Towson won 14-12. 

The Blue Hens have had a little bit of an up and down season as they come into the post-season after losing their last two games of the season. Delaware’s offense is led by junior attackman Charlie Kitchen who has been lighting it up this season as he has 60 points (35G,25A) on the season thus far. Junior goalie Matt DeLuca anchors the defense in age as he has had a stellar career so far. This season DeLuca has made 188 saves with a 59% save percentage. The Blue Hens are a tough team and will bring for sure their all on Thursday. 

Towson has been the best team in the country at times, and then they haven’t been. The Tigers are led by some impressive play in the middle of the field with senior faceoff man Alex Woodall and midfielder Zach Goodrich who literally does everything. On the offensive side of the field they are led by senior attackman Brendan Sunday who has tallied 58 points (39G.19A) on the season thus far. Tyler Canto anchors that Tigers defense in cage, having made 148 saves with a 54% save percentage this season so far. 

Semifinal 1 Winner vs Semifinal 2 Winner – Championship 

The winners of each semifinal game will meet in the CAA championship game on Saturday May, 4th.






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