CAA QUICK HITS:
After opening up the season with a 3-5 record, CAA squads bounced back with a 5-2 mark last week. The league is now 8-7 (.533) on the young season.
Five conference teams hold a .500 or better overall records as compared to just three a week ago. James Madison is a perfect 1-0 on the season, while Delaware, Drexel and Hofstra are all 2-1. William & Mary is all square at 1-1. Old Dominion and Towson will play in their season-openers this week.
W&M senior Grace Golden was named CAA Player of the Week for the fourth time of her career on Monday and becomes the second Tribe player in as many weeks to receive the nod after classmate Maggie Anderson was tabbed Co-Player of the Week to open the season. Hofstra's Alex Mezzanotte receives her first career rookie nod this week and is the third Pride player in the last two seasons to garner the award.
Four CAA squads are ranked in the 2011 IWLCA/Under Armour Coaches Top 20 poll released on Feb. 28, up one from the three conference teams ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll. JMU leads the league with a No. 9 ranking, Towson is tabbed 15th, W&M enters the week at No. 19 and Hofstra rounds out the top 20. The Dukes (No. 9) and Tigers (No. 15) are also ranked in the latest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll released on Monday.
Delaware and Hofstra are the only teams in the league that are currently riding a multiple-game winning streak. Both squads have put together a pair of wins after opening the year with a loss to ranked opponents.
The CAA is currently 5-0 against Atlantic 10 opponents on the early season. Mason can push that record to 6-0 with a win on Wednesday at George Washington, while JMU can tally the league's first victory over an ACC foe if it prevails in a midweek matchup at Virginia Tech.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Grace Golden - Wiliam & Mary
Manhasset, N.Y./Sacred Heart, Sr., Midfielder
Golden all but lived up to her name in the Tribe's 18-13 triumph over Richmond on Sunday. The senior midfielder and CAA preseason Co-Player of the Year netted eight goals on just nine shots, which equaled a single-game school record previously set in 2008. She also added an assist to go with five draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball in the win. Her nine points tie for second all-time at W&M and was one shy of tying the school mark. Golden, who is now tied for fourth on the program's career points list, leads the team with 12 points on 11 goals and a dish this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Alex Mezzanotte - Hofstra
Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll, Fr., Midfielder
Mezzanotte provided a full-field presence for the Pride, who picked off visiting Denver for a 13-9 victory on Friday. The rookie midfielder notched her first career points on a pair of assists, while also contributing a team-high three draw controls, one ground ball and a caused turnover in the win. Mezzanotte now boasts two assists, five draw controls, one ground ball and a caused turnover on the year.
DELAWARE (2-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Hens outlasted Lehigh in a 10-9 double-overtime thriller on Saturday on the heels of sophomore midfielder Morgan Leonard's first career hat trick. Leonard, who also added an assist on the day, netted the game-winning goal to help Delaware improve to 2-1 and avenge a season-opening loss to the Mountain Hawks a year ago. The Hens outshot Lehigh, 30-22, in a game that saw them fire 20 first-half shots. Senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Worthington gathered eight saves in the win, including one in the extra sessions. Delaware continues its five-game road swing when it visits Rutgers on Saturday.
DREXEL (2-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): Drexel is now 2-1 on the season after splitting a pair of contests with cross-town rivals last week. The Dragons were dominant in their 14-2 victory over Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, holding the Hawks scoreless in the first half. Offensively, the team held a 22-10 advantage in shots and had nine players post at least one goal, including three each from junior attacker Charlotte Wood and sophomore attacker Alyse Maiden. The Dragons looked strong again against sixth-ranked Penn on Saturday, heading into the half with the score squared at 4-4 before a Quaker second-half rally lifted them to a 12-9 win. Wood finished with a team-high three goals and senior goalkeeper Whitney Johnson finished the day with 10 saves. Drexel opens a six-game homestand when it welcomes Bucknell to Vidas Field on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (0-3 overall, 0-0 CAA): The Patriots only allowed four goals in the second stanza but could not find their way out of a first-half hole as they fell to 0-3 on the season with a 15-7 road setback to ACC foe Virginia Tech on Saturday. Senior midfielder Chelsea Gamble paced the squad with three goals, while sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Pastrana recorded 15 saves. The Patriots play the fourth game of their eight-game road swing when they travel to the nation's capital for a contest with George Washington on Wednesday.
NO. 20 HOFSTRA (2-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): Down one to Denver at the half, Hofstra came out of the gate with four straight goals after intermission and never looked back in a 13-9 victory over the Pioneers on Friday. Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier secured five of her career-high six goals in the second half to lead the Pride, who are now 2-1 to open the season. Senior defender Katie Hertsch shined in the win, scooping up a career-best seven ground balls to go with four caused turnovers on the day. Junior goalkeeper Jackie Pandolf collected 10 saves in cage and has now posted double-digit saves in each of the team's first three games. Next up for the Pride is a road matchup with in-state foe Albany on Saturday.
NO. 10 JAMES MADISON (1-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): The 10th-ranked Dukes showed no signs of rust as they scored six of the game's first seven goals in a 12-5 season-opening win over George Washington on Saturday. Three players scored a pair of goals, including redshirt sophomore attacker and CAA preseason Co-Player of the Year Casey Ancarrow. Junior midfielder Monica Zabel handed out a game-high four assists to go with her two goals. The Dukes held a formidable 47-13 edge in the shots column, while junior goalkeeper Alex Menghetti made three saves to earn the win. JMU looks to make it two straight when it visits Virginia Tech on Wednesday before opening a four-game homestand against Fairfield on Saturday.
OLD DOMINION (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Did not compete. First game will be played at Louisville on Monday, Feb. 28.
NO. 17 TOWSON (0-0 overall, 0-0 CAA): Did not compete. First game will be played at UMBC on Wednesday, March 2.
NO. 19 WILLIAM & MARY (1-1 overall, 0-0 CAA): Behind the stellar play of its seniors, the Tribe took care of business with an 18-13 win over Richmond in its home-opener on Sunday. Senior midfielder Grace Golden was incredibly efficient in her offensive onslaught against the Spiders, tying a single-game school record with eight goals on only nine shots while also registering five draw controls, two caused turnovers and an assist and a ground ball. Senior attacker Ashley Holofcener had a huge day herself, finishing with six points on four goals and a pair of assists. Sophomore attacker Krystin Mackrides completed the day with a hat trick and two assists, while senior goalkeeper Emily Geary allowed just four second-half goals and gathered a season-high 11 saves in the win. W&M returns to the field on Saturday when it welcomes No. 18 Boston University to Albert-Daly Field.