Apr 18, 2013, 3:51 PM EST
Men’s lacrosse is competitive sport, especially on the East Coast, but let’s narrow it down into the CAA. This past week, with just two week’s left in the regular season, the CAA saw three teams ranked in the Top 20, as Penn State led the pack at No.9, and Drexel followed at No. 17 and Hofstra at N0. 20.The Pride leads the nation in scoring defense holding their opponents to just seven goals per game, while the Nittany Lions follow immediately behind at No. 2 allowing 7.25 gpg. Drexel is ranked second in the nation in man-up offense (0.719) and in assists (8.08 apg). Towson ranks fourth among all Division I teams with 14.08 saves per game, and the Dragons are fifth with 20.25 points per game. Hofstra also leads the nation in turnovers per game giving up a nation-low 11.75 per contest.
The league is also made up of some stellar student-athletes. Hofstra’s Chris Selva ranks second in the nation in the net with a goal-against average of 6.95 and a 0.623 save percentage. PSU’s Austin Kaut follows in both categories with 7.13 gaa (4th) and 0.621 (3rd), while Towson’s Andrew Wascavage owns a 0.618 save percentage for the fourth best mark this season. Wascavage also is fourth in the nation with 11.75 saves per game. Penn State’s TJ Sanders, a freshman attacker, leads the league in goals per game (2.75) and ranks eighth in the same category nationally. Drexel’s Ben McIntosh is second in the league with 2.50 goals per game, while teammate Robert Church leads the CAA with 1.50 assists per game. McIntosh holds the lead among all CAA players for points per game with 3.67.
Inside Lacrosse recently came out with their NCAA Lacrosse Freshman Rankings (April 17) and ranked Sanders the top freshman of the nation. His five goals over Towson helped push him to that No. 1 ranking, which showed his recent goal-scoring ability. Sanders’s 33 goals this season are complimented by three assists in 12 games. Also ranked among the CAA freshmen were Drexel’s Frank Fusco at No. 17 and Hofstra’s Sam Llinares at No. 23. Fusco has scored 21 goals this season to go along with eight assists and 20 ground balls in 12 games. Llinares has also seen time in 12 games and produced 17 goals and 12 assists.
The 2013 CAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship field is almost set. Penn State, Drexel and Towson have all clinched spots in the upcoming tournament, which will be hosted by the top-seed at the end of the regular season. Penn State needs just one more win to earn the regular season title and the right to host the CAA Championship (all three games/semifinals and championship) in early May (dates and times to be announced at a later date). Hofstra and Delaware are battling for the last spot in the tournament and with another CAA win, the Pride can secure that final berth. Check out CAASports.com for all of the up-to-date information about the upcoming tournament.
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