February 1, 2013

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UMass Picked by Coaches as CAA Favorite

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. (February 1, 2013) – Massachusetts, which captured its first CAA men's lacrosse championship a year ago, has been picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association title again in 2013 according to a vote of the league's head lacrosse coaches.

The Minutemen received five first-place votes and finished atop the poll with 35 points. Penn State earned two first-place nods and was second with 31 points, while Drexel and Hofstra tied at third with 22 points apiece. Delaware (16) and Towson (15) placed at fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by Saint Joseph's. The league's coaches also selected UMass senior attacker Will Manny as the CAA's Preseason Player of the Year.

The CAA boasts three of its seven squads in the Preseason United States States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20, as Massachusetts (12), Penn State (15) and Hofstra (20) were ranked earlier this week. Drexel and Delaware received votes in the USILA preseason poll.

Manny, the CAA's 2012 Player of the Year and USILA first-team All-American, led UMass with 77 points on 44 goals and 33 assists a year ago. He ranked third nationally in points per game (4.81), eighth in assists per game (2.75) and ninth in goals per game (2.75). Manny was a Tewaaraton Award Finalist who notched four game-winners and placed 82.3 percent of his shots on-frame while posting a 54.3 shot percentage, which was fifth best in the NCAA. Manny was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2010 and has earned All-CAA honors three-straight seasons.

Joining Manny on the preseason All-CAA squad at the attack position is Drexel's Robert Church and PSU's Jack Forster. Church finished last season with 29 goals and 18 assists and Forster wrapped up the 2012 season with 27 goals and 15 assists, as both players earned second-team All-CAA honors.

Hofstra's Adrian Sorichetti, UMass' Colin Fleming and PSU's Nick Dolik earned spots in the midfield on the preseason All-CAA team. Scorchetti, a senior for the Pride, scored 24 goals and made 14 assists last season, while Fleming had a breakout season for the Minutemen scoring 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists and spearheaded UMass man-advantage unit, notching seven tallies. Dolik has earned All-CAA second team honors for the past two seasons and finished last season with 18 goals, four assists for 22 points.

Penn State's Kessler Brown, a junior, earned a spot on the preseason All-CAA team as the long-stick after tallying 14 groundballs, giving up just two turnovers, causing 11 and helping PSU lead the league in caused turnovers (7.93 pg). Hofstra senior John Antoniades was named the preseason All-CAA faceoff specialist after ranking 22nd in the country and fourth in the conference in face-off winning percentage a year ago (.540). He was also second in the CAA and 18th in the nation in ground balls per game with 75 for a 5.36 average.

Four defensemen were honored this preseason, as three earned postseason All-CAA honors in 2012. Hofstra's Mark Mullen, Towson's John Fennessy and UMass' Jake Smith and Ryan Hollenbaugh earned preseason honors. Smith recorded 28 groundballs and added 11 caused turnovers and teamed up with Hollenbaugh, who tallied 25 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers, to help UMass hold opponents to just 7.19 goals per game, the third-lowest total in the NCAA last season. Mullen grabbed 16 groundballs for the Pride, while Fennessy helped the Tigers' defense with 18 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers during his sophomore season.

Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut, a two-time All-CAA honoree and 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year, is the league's preseason goalkeeper. Kaut protected the Nittany Lion's cage with a league second-best .584 save percentage and recorded a 7.93 goals-against average over 15 games in earning USILA All-America second team honors.

All three games of the CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship will be held at the highest-seed in 2013 with semifinals set for May 3 and the title contest to be held on May 5. These dates are flexible based on the host's facility availability and updates will be announced on CAASports.com.

2013 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

First place votes in parenthesis

1.

Massachusetts

35 (5)

2.

Penn State

31 (2)

3.

Drexel

22

 

Hofstra

22

5.

Delaware

16

6.

Towson

15

7.

Saint Joseph’s

6

 

2013 Preseason All-CAA Men’s Lacrosse Team

Name, School                                         Pos.                     Class                Hometown/High School

Robert Church, Drexel#                            A                          Sr.                   Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best

Jack Forster, Penn State#                         A                          R-Sr.                Jenkintown, Pa./La Salle College HS

Will Manny, Massachusetts*                      A                          Sr.                   Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

Nick Dolik, Penn State                              M                         Sr.                   Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice

Colin Fleming, Massachusetts                    M                         Sr.                   Bryn Mawr, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep

Adrian Sorichetti, Hofstra*                        M                         Sr.                   Whitby, Onterio, Canada/All Saints/Trinity Pawling

Kessler Brown, Penn State                        LSM                     Jr.                    Springfield, Va./West Springfield       

John Antoniades, Hofstra#                        FO Spec.             Sr.                    Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

John Fennessy, Towson#                          D                          Jr.                    Yorktown, Heights, N.Y./Yorktown

Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts#           D                          Sr.                   Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury

Mark Mullen, Hofstra#                              D                          Gr.                   Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy

Jake Smith, Massachusetts                        D                          Sr.                   Medfield, Mass./Medfield

Austin Kaut, Penn State*                          GK                       Jr.                     Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco


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