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#CAASports Roundup — Aug. 10-16

Aug 16, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

#CAASports Weekly Roundup features news, highlights, links and other information from across the league for the period from Aug 10-16.

College of Charleston: Despite entering the program’s first season in the CAA, the Cougars were unanimously picked to win the 2013 title as voted on by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll. Women’s basketball assistant coach Melba Chambers has been promoted to recruiting coordinator, the school announced on Wednesday. Chambers enters her second year with the Cougars. On Wednesday, the CofC athletic department announced that assistant athletic director for compliance Otto German and Cross Country & Track and Field head coach Amy Seago have been honored with state service awards thanks to their dedication to the school. The state service awards are presented to staff members who have been recognized for 10, 20 and 30 years of service. Men’s golfer and rising senior Alex Ellis played in his second U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday and Tuesday. The lefty failed to make the cut after the first two rounds. Find a Q/A with Ellis about qualifying for the event here.

Delaware: Rising sophomore men’s golfer Kyle Martin finished in a tie for 10th place in the Pennsylvania State Open Championship held on Monday and Wednesday. Martin carded a five-over-par 70-72-76-218 and also finished second among amateurs in the field of 120 competitors. Jess Levy, a senior on the Blue Hens’ women’s soccer squad, recently earned a Gold Medal at the Maccabiah Games held in Israel. Levy and Team USA defeated Israel, 6-1. The U.S. team went unbeaten in the event, while Levy allowed just two goals in seven games.

Drexel: Men’s golfer Chris Crawford, the rising sophomore and reigning  CAA Rookie of the Year, played in his second career U.S. Amateur on Monday. Crawford, however, failed to make it past the first two rounds. Check out a Q/A with Crawford about qualifying for the event here. Men’s soccer senior Nathan Page was named 2013 preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Page scored nine goals and had 19 points last season for the Dragons. Field hockey was selected to repeat as CAA champs in its respective preseason poll, also voted on by the league’s coaches.

Hofstra: Women’s lacrosse announced the hiring of Michael Bedford to the coaching staff on Wednesday. He joins the program after spending time at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. Three members of the Pride’s baseball team helped the Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats take the title of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) on Wednesday. Robbie Cafiero, Matt Ford and Nick Kozlowski contributed to the victory over the Newport (R.I.) Gulls, 7-1, in a decisive Game 3. Ford collected three hits and drove in four runs, while Cafiero had a two hits and a walk. Kozlowski, the Game 1 starter, posted a 3-0 record with a 1.95 ERA for the Swamp Bats this summer.

James Madison: Former women’s basketball forward and current member of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, Tamera Young recently caught up with the Dukes’ athletic department. Young, a 2008 graduate, became the first player in JMU women’s basketball history to be drafted by the WNBA when she was selected by the Atlanta Dream with the No. 8 overall pick later that summer. She has current averages of 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. In other news, field hockey was picked to finish third in the 2013 preseason coaches’ poll, while volleyball was tabbed to finish fifth in its league  poll.

UNCW: Men’s golf announced on Tuesday its 2013-14 schedule which is highlighted by four tournaments in the fall and six more in the spring. The Seahawks won the 2012 CAA crown and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in Fayetteville, Ark. Volleyball made some noise for its dedication off the court, as the team received another academic honor from the AVCA thanks to maintaining at least a 3.20 team grade point average over the course of the previous school year.

Northeastern: Volleyball, field hockey and men’s soccer represented well in the recent 2013 CAA preseason Polls. The Huskies’ men’s soccer squad was picked to repeat as league champs, while five members were chosen to the preseason All-CAA unit, including captains Simon Cox and Dante Marini. Field hockey, which was tabbed to finish second in the poll, is coming off back-to-back appearances in both the CAA title game and NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons. Volleyball was also slotted in the second spot, with 2012 CAA Player of the Year Kelly Bacon returning for her final year.

Towson: The Tigers’ women’s lacrosse squad announced seven incoming players for the class of 2014, six of whom are from the Tigers’ home state of Maryland. Softball hired Chelsea Plimpton as its new pitching coach. A 2011 graduate of Fordham, Plimpton spent last season with her alma mater and finished her college career in 2011 with a 40-16 mark on the mound. Former men’s golf standout and two-time CAA Player of the Year Jeff Castle shot six-under to capture the Mid-Amateur Championship of the Maryland State Golf Association on Tuesday. Castle won POTY honors in 2005 and 2006 and is now an assistant coach for the Tigers. Arguably the biggest news for Towson came on Thursday when the school announced that men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry agreed to terms on a new contract running through the 2018-19 season. Skerry helped the Tigers turnaround from a 1-31 squad in 2011-12 to an 18-13 team this past year.

William & Mary: The Tribe’s women’s lacrosse team added assistant coach Mary Teeters to the coaching staff. Teeters spent the last year working at the University of Vermont after a solid career at Towson where she played goalie for the Tigers and recorded 631 career saves. Men’s basketball recently completed a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic. The team finished the trip with a 3-1 record, with the only loss coming to the Dominican Republic senior national team, which is currently ranked 27th in the FIBA World Basketball Rankings. Access video blogs, photo galleries, recaps and box scores from the experience here.

A complete list of all the current preseason CAA Polls and All-CAA teams can be found at