March 28, 2011

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CAA Weekly Women's Lax Report

from press release

Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kelly Custer - Towson
Aston, Pa./Sun Valley, Soph., Midfielder
Custer fired five goals and handed out a pair of assists to help Towson extend its win streak to three games with wins over Temple and Denver last week. The sophomore midfielder turned in her second career hat trick in the triumph over Temple on Tuesday before returning to the field to tally two goals and an assist against the Pioneers on Friday. After totaling six draw controls in the two tilts, she currently leads the Tigers with 16 on the year.

Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackie Pandolf - Hofstra
Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North, Jr., Goalkeeper

Pandolf shined bewteen the pipes to power the Pride past No. 17 Notre Dame on Sunday. The junior goalie racked up a game-high 11 saves to go with a career-best nine ground balls and a team-high two caused turnovers on the afternoon. Pandolf has now posted double-digit saves in eight of Hofstra's nine outings this season and paces the Pride with 29 ground balls this spring .

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Lindsay McKinnon - Hofstra
Fairport, N.Y./Fairport, Fr., Attacker

McKinnon capped the Pride's 4-0 game-ending run with a clutch free-position goal with under eight ticks left on the clock to hand Hofstra a 10-9 win over the Fighting Irish on Sunday. The freshman attacker, who has now tallied two-straight game winners, finished tied with a team-high four points on two goals and a pair of dishes in the victory. She enters April as Hofstra's fourth-leading scorer.

CONFERENCE NOTES

THE WEEK THAT WAS: CAA squads secured a 6-5 mark last week. The league's overall record stands at 31-33 (.483) and just two games under .500 heading into the first week of conference play. Four teams currently sit at or above .500 overall, including Drexel and James Madison with just two losses on the season, and two squads are one win shy of evening their records. Delaware, Hofstra and Towson all had unbeaten weeks, while Drexel and William & Mary each split their contests last week. Old Dominion dropped a pair of decisions and James Madison fell to top-ranked Maryland after its midweek matchup with Virginia was postponed until the final week of the regular season. George Mason's outing against American was also postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up early next month.

WRAPPING THE WEEKLY AWARDS: This is the first career weekly award for Towson sophomore Kelly Custer and Hofstra junior Jackie Pandolf and also marks the first Player of the Week honors for both programs this season. Hofstra freshman Lindsay McKinnon joins classmate Alex Mezzanotte as the second Pride player to receive Rookie of the Week accolades this season.

IN THE RANKINGS: Two CAA squads remain ranked in the 2011 IWLCA/Under Armour Coaches Top 20 poll released on March 21. James Madison fell one spot to No. 10 and William & Mary held steady at No. 16 nationally. The Dukes remained at No. 10 in the latest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll released on March 28 and the Tribe tumbled four spots to No. 19.

TEWAARATON WATCH LIST: The CAA had five women's players in Hofstra senior Katie Hertsch, James Madison redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow and junior Mary Kate Lomady and William & Mary seniors Grace Golden and Sarah Jonson named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The annual list, which is selected by a committee of college coaches, consists of the nation's top collegiate lacrosse players and will be narrowed down three more times until the top 10 finalists are named in May.

AGAINST THE NATION'S TOP 20: The CAA split a pair of decisions last week against ranked opponents outside the league to bring its overall season record to 2-9 against nonconference ranked foes. Hofstra rattled off four consecutive goals down the stretch that culminated in a game-winning goal in the final seconds of play to knock off No. 17 Notre Dame on Sunday, while James Madison was outmatched by top-ranked Maryland this weekend. Three of the league's eight games this week will be played against ranked squads and all three are against ACC foes. Towson takes on No. 1 Maryland on Tuesday and Old Dominion squares off against North Carolina and Virginia this week.

CLASH OF THE CONFERENCES: League teams have mounted an impressive 14-1 mark against Atlantic 10 opponents this season after Towson topped Temple and Delaware downed Saint Joseph's this past week. Hofstra rallied past Notre Dame to give the CAA its first BIG EAST victory this season and the conference picked up its second win of the year against the ACC with William & Mary's rout of Virginia Tech. With Drexel's setback to California and Old Dominion's loss to Longwood, the CAA suffered its first setbacks of the season to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and National Lacrosse Conference (NLC), respectively, last week.

TEAM NOTES

DELAWARE (4-5 overall, 0-0 CAA): Delaware rolled to its second-straight win with a 13-3 drubbing of Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. Senior goalkeeper Makenzie Worthington secured six saves in her second-consecutive decision in the cage, while classmate Julianna Jeffers recorded her third-straight hat trick and fourth of the season in the win. The Eagles' three goals were the fewest allowed by the Hens at home in four years. The team continues its six-game homestand with a Senior Day matchup against Saint Mary's on Tuesday before opening up conference play on Saturday against Towson.

DREXEL (6-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): Drexel earned a 1-1 split on the week. The Dragons were clipped, 9-8, by California on Wednesday before storming back to upend Saint Mary's, 14-4, on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Kelli Joran found the back of the net three times and sophomore attacker Alyse Maiden handed out a pair of assists in the loss to the Bears. Maiden was back at it again in the win over the Gaels, finishing with a career-high four goals to bring her total to 20 scores on the season. Drexel looks to reach five wins at home when it hosts Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.

GEORGE MASON (2-6 overall, 0-0 CAA): George Mason's matchup against American on Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up on April 5. The Patriots return to action on Saturday when they welcome James Madison to Fairfax, Va., for both squads' conference-openers.

HOFSTRA (4-5 overall, 0-0 CAA): Rookie attacker Lindsay McKinnon has now come up big in two consecutive contests, converting a free-position opportunity with eight seconds remaining to give the Pride a thrilling 10-9 victory over 17th-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday for its fourth win of the season. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf anchored the team's defensive effort, picking up a career-high nine ground balls and posting double-digit saves for the eighth time in nine games this season. Hofstra has the week off and will open CAA play against Delaware on April 8.

JAMES MADISON (6-2 overall, 0-0 CAA): After their midweek matchup with Virginia was postponed until April 27 as a result of inclement weather, the Dukes dropped a second-straight decision for the first time in the past two seasons with a 17-8 setback to top-ranked Maryland on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore Casey Ancarrow and junior midfielder Ashley Kimener each registered two goals in the loss, while junior attacker/midfielder Monica Zabel added a game-high five draw controls. JMU looks to bounce back when it visits George Mason on Saturday.

OLD DOMINION (1-5 overall, 0-0 CAA): Old Dominion suffered a pair of setbacks to in-state foes Longwood and Virginia Tech last week. Junior midfielder Lisa Bernardini turned in a hat trick and classmate Rebecca Reymann fired her first three goals of the season in the team's 15-11 loss to the Lancers. The Lady Monarchs then dropped to 1-5 on the season after giving up five-straight second-half goals to the Hokies, who pulled away for an 18-10 victory. ODU hosts Virginia on Wednesday before traveling southward to wrap up the week at North Carolina.

TOWSON (4-4 overall, 0-0 CAA): Towson pushed its winning streak to three games this past week with wins over Temple and Denver. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer recorded her third career hat trick, while junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica and freshman midfielder Kelly Murkey each added two goals and a dish in the win over the Owls. Senior attacker Jess Dunn unleashed for a season-high four goals to go with an assist to lift the Tigers over the Pioneers. Towson returns to action when it hosts nearby Maryland on Tuesday before opening up league play against Delaware on Saturday.

WILLIAM & MARY (4-4 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Tribe split its pair of matchups at home last week. W&M routed Virginia Tech, 21-8, to open the week before being handed a 17-8 defeat by Penn State on Sunday. Senior midfielder Grace Golden highlighted the efforts of the Tribe's nine different goal scorers with a game-high fives scores and the second-most single-game draw controls in program history with six. Senior defender Sarah Jonson established a new single-game school record with nine caused turnovers to go with five draw controls, four ground balls and a goal, while classmate Emily Geary matched a season best by giving up just eight goals on the day. Golden and freshman attacker Taelor Salmon each netted a pair of goals in the loss to the Nittany Lions. W&M welcomes Navy to Williamsburg on Tuesday in its lone matchup this week.


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