2020 Schedule Preview: Drexel Dragons

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The Drexel Dragons are the 20th DI program to release their 2020 schedule. The Dragons come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 7-8 overall, 2-3 in the CAA, and lost to Towson in the finals of the CAA tournament.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Drexel Dragons”

Early Contenders: CAA

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As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are. Continue reading “Early Contenders: CAA”

Towson Escapes Drexel to Win CAA Title

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The Towson Tigers are on top of the CAA once again after beating the Drexel Dragons, 16-14, in the CAA title game on Saturday. The Tigers fought threw a tough Drexel team and injury as star faceoff man Alex Woodall is out with an injury. 

Drexel was led by Ryan Genord and Reid Bowering who each tallied 4 points (3G,1A). In cage for the Dragons Ross Blumenthal made 11 saves. 

For Towson it was Luke Fromert and Grant Maloof who led the way as they each tallied 4 points in the win for the Tigers. In cage, Tyler Canto made 17 saves as he stood on his head in the win. 

It was a quick start for Towson as Brendan Sunday scored on the Tigers first possession of the game. Brody McLean put the Tigers up 2-0 at the 12-minute mark in the first. Collin Mailman finally got the Dragons on the board with 10:29 in the first. 

Jack Mulcahy tied things up at 2 all for the Dragons midway though the first. It was very back-and-forth to end the first quarter as Towson held a 5-4 lead heading into the second. 

Towson extended their run to four and went up 7-4 early on in the second quarter. Drexel struck back with a three-goal run that tied things up at 7 with 7:39 in the second. The Tigers ended the half with  five-goal run that put them up 12-7 as they looked to have all the momentum heading into the second half. 

Ryan Genord got the first one of the third for Drexel but Timmy Monahan answered for Towson just a minute later. That was the start of a three-goal Tiger run that put them up 15-8 midway through the third. Jimmeh Koita got the Dragons going again, scoring right off of the faceoff. Luke Fromert closed out the scoring for Towson with just a second left in the third to make it a 16-9 Tigers lead and give Fromert his fourth of the day. 

An Angry Dragon squad came out and dominated the fourth quarter. Drexel held Towson scoreless in the final period of play and scored five of their own. They couldn’t complete the comeback as Towson escaped with the 16-14 win to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament. 

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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Biggest Transfers in Recent History

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As the 2019 NCAA season is set to get underway on Friday night one of the biggest storylines this season will be that of Yale faceoff man TD Ierlan. Ierlan transferred to Yale from Albany over the summer. With a .791 faceoff win percentage Ierlan led the country last season as he helped the Danes reach the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history. Ierlan will now try to repeat that with the Yale Bulldogs this spring.

Ierlan’s move from Albany to Yale has been called by many the biggest transfer in college lacrosse history because of how much of an immediate impact his decision had on both Yale and Albany. That got me thinking about what have been some of the other biggest transfers in recent years if Ierlan’s was possibly the biggest to date. 

Connor Cannizzaro – Maryland to Denver 

In 2014 Connor Cannizzaro was tearing up the ACC as a freshman with Maryland. He would help lead Maryland to Championship Weekend where they would lose to Notre Dame. Cannizzaro tallied 34 points (26G,8A) and was named 2014 ACC freshman of the year. That would be the end of his career at Maryland as he headed west to Denver where he shined for three seasons, and got to play one year with his older brother Sean. During his three years at Denver Cannizzaro helped the Pioneers win the 2015 national championship, against Maryland, and would rack up a good amount of awards and honors, including being named a Tewaaraton Finalist in 2016. Cannizzaro’s career ended at Denver in 2017 with a career total of 225 points (145G,80A).

Dylan Maltz – Syracuse to Maryland

That 2017 Maryland national championship team was headlined by the “Run DMC” attack unit of Dylan Maltz, Matt Rambo, and Colin Heacock. That D in “Run DMC” arrived in College Park via transfer. Dylan Maltz followed the footsteps of his father and brother and headed to Syracuse where he played his freshman season with the Orange. Maltz only played in six games and tallied 4 points (3G, 1A). After his freshman season Maltz would head to College Park and joined the Maryland Terrapins. While at Maryland Maltz would help lead the Terrapins to three national championship games, including a national championship victory over Ohio State in 2017. As part of that historic attack unit at Maryland Maltz tallied a total of 89 points (69G, 20A). 

Nick Mariano – UMass to Syracuse

After spending two seasons at UMass in 2014 and 2015 Mariano transferred to Syracuse where he continued to dominate. While at UMass Mariano led the Minutemen in scoring as both a freshman and sophomore, while also being named to the All-CAA 2nd team. and being named CAA Rookie of The Year as a freshman. Mariano was a key contributor at Syracuse as he helped lead the Orange to an ACC Championship in 2016 and to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017. Mariano ended his career at Syracuse with 96 points (69G, 27A). 

Nicky Galasso – North Carolina to Syracuse

In 2011 Galasso led the Tar Heels offense as a freshman and was named ACC Freshman of the year, among other honors. North Carolina fell to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year. As a sophomore in 2012 Galasso was battling a foot injury but still played in 13 games, but his production decreased as he only had 9 points (6G,3A). After that 2012 season at North Carolina Galasso would ship up to Syracuse where he took a medical redshirt in 2013. The midfielder’s comeback was slow as he only had 17 points (13G, 4A) in 2014. As a senior at Syracuse Galasso led the team as he tallied 45 points (36G, 9A). The Orange were upset by Bryant in the NCAA tournament first round, but Galasso ended the year with multiple honors. 

Other Notable Transfers 

Austin Shanks – Bellarmine to Ohio State

Shanks transferred to Ohio State after two seasons at Bellarmine. Shanks was one of the key pieces of that offense that helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA Championship game in 2017. Shanks ended his career at Ohio State with 50 points. 

Jake Froccaro – Princeton to Villanova

After two seasons playing and a redshirt year at Princeton Jake Fraccaro transferred to Villanova where he teamed up with his younger brother Joey who was an incoming freshman at the time. Froccaro tallied 104 points (74G, 30A) during his two seasons at Villanova. 

Pat Young – UMBC to Maryland

Midfielder Pat Young transferred to Maryland after three seasons at UMBC. Young was a key piece for Maryland as he helped lead them to the 2016 NCAA Championship game. Young ended his college career at Maryland with 21 points (15G, 6A) as a senior for the Terps. 

2019 NCAA Conference Predictions: CAA

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We are just about three weeks away from the start of the 2019 NCAA season as February 1st marks opening day. The first game of the NCAA season will be Utah vs Vermont to kick off what should be an exciting season. 

Over the next few weeks I will be giving my own personal conference by conference predictions for this upcoming 2019 season. Going in alphabetical order we move on and take a look at the CAA. 

Final Standings

1. Towson

The Tigers severely underperformed last season by Towson standards. In 2019 they look to get back to where they have been, and should be each year, in the NCAA tournament and winning the CAA. 

Towson loose Jon Mazza who was grated a full release back in the fall but they return a heap of experienced talent on both ends of the field. On offense the Tigers will be led by senior midfielder Timmy Monahan, senior midfielder Grant Maloof, and senior attackman Brendan Sunday. Senior midfielder Zach Goodrich adds an element to this team as a whole as he can go both ways. On defense the Tigers have been very strong over the past few seasons. They return sophomore Koby Smith, senior Chad Patterson, and others to lead that Tigers defense. At the faceoff dot senior Alex Woodall looks to have another great season and sophomore Shane Brennan will be in goal as he looks to improve off of a stellar freshman campaign.

2. UMass

Coming off a 2018 campaign where they won the CAA and made it to the NCAA tournament ad lost to Yale in the first round UMass has a lot of hype. The Minutement do lose a lot of senior from last year but the guys they return can carry them back to the promise land just as last season.

On the offensive end of the field UMass returns junior midfielder Jeff Trainor, sophomore attackman Chris Connolly, and junior attackman Devin Spencer. Those three look to lead the Minutemen offense along with some other guys that should step up this season. On the defensive end of the field UMass was very good last season and they do lose some firepower, but have a few key guys returning. Senior Issac Paparo, junior Jason Suboch, and others look to lead that defensive unit this season. Senior Sean Sconone will be back in goal and it looks like senior Tom Meyers will be taking faceoffs this season for the Minutemen. 

3. Delaware

Coming into the second year under Ben DeLuca the Hens look to improve off of a 2018 campaign where they went 6-8 and lost in the CAA semifinals to Towson. The Blue Hens return some bright young talent that will be able to help lead in 2019 on both ends of the field.

To anchor that defense in goal will be junior goalie Matt DeLuca (no relation to HC) as he looks to improve off of an impressive sophomore campaign last season. On defense in front of DeLuca to lead the defense will be sophomore Liam Duff and junior Zach Strassner, among others. Junior attackman Charlie Kitchen, fifth year senior midfielder Dean Disismone, and junior attackman Bryce Reid look to lead the Hens offense in 2019. Taking faceoffs for the Hens will be senior Jake Hervada as he was the starter last season and had a pretty good season. 

4. Hofstra

The Hofstra Pride come into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign in which they went 6-8 and lost to UMass in the CAA semifinals. Hofstra returns a great deal of talent from last season, especially on offense, as they look like they could go even further in 2019.

On offense junior attackman Ryan Tierney, senior attackman Jimmy Yanes, and sophomore attackman Dylan Mcintosh look to lead the charge along with some other key returners. Taking faceoffs for the Pride will be junior Kyle Gallagher as he looks to improve on a great 2018 season. In goal the Pride take their biggest hit with Jack Concannon graduating. Sophomore Jacob Coleman looks to be the starter this season in 2019. Out in front of the goal will be some newer faces as the Pride graduated a lot on defense. Sophomore Keegan Santos looks to be one of the leaders on defense this season.

5. Drexel

Drexel brings back quite a bit from last season as they only had seven seniors in 2018. The Dragons look to be much improved from an 8-5 season where they missed the CAA tournament. Bringing back a lot of young guys will certainly help the Dragons out in 2019.

Offensively the Dragons return junior attackman Matthew Varian, junior midfielder Reid Bowering, senior midfielder Marshal King, and others to help lead the way on that end of the field. At the faceoff dot junior Jimmeh Koita will be taking the majority of faceoffs again as he did last season as a sophomore. On the defensive side of the ball senior Cam Harris and sophomore Sean Quinn look to be two of the leaders on that defense in 2019. In goal anchoring the defense looks to be junior John Roulston who was the backup last season. 

6. Fairfield

The Stags come into the 2019 season after a 2018 campaign where they went 4-11 and missed the CAA tournament. Fairfield looks to turn things around and get back to the CAA championship game where they were just a few years ago. 

Defensively the Stags do have a younger group as the graduated three of their top players from last season. Junior Andrew Murrow looks to be one of the leaders on that defense here in 2019. In goal the Stags return junior Sean McKee who was the starter last season and put up some pretty good numbers. On the offensive side of the ball Fairfield senior attackman Colin Burke, senior midfielder Jack Brennan, and junior attackman Dylan Beckwith. Those three look to lead the charge on offense this season. Taking faceoffs will most likely be junior Bill McMenamin. 

Freshman Watch

Here are some of the freshman that you should keep an eye on in the CAA this season.

Ryan Leonard, A, Towson

Logan Zimnoch, M, Towson

Quinn Towne,D, UMass

Matt Baugher, A, UMass

Jake Govett, A, Delaware (Yes. Son of San Diego Seals President)

Sterlyn Ardeey, M, Hofstra

Kvin Justice, M, Fairfield

Lucas Snider, M, Drexel

Alll-CAA Team Prediction

A – Ryan Tierney, Hofstra

A – Charlie Kitchen, Delaware

A – Brendan Sunday, Towson

M – Garrett Maloof, Towson

M – Jeff Trainor, UMass

M – Dean DiSimone, Delaware

D – Isaac Paparo, UMass

D – Austin Haynes, UMass

D – Keegan Santos, Hofstra

G – Matt DeLuca, Delaware

LSM – Koby Smith, Towson

FO – Jimmeh Koita, Drexel