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#CAASports Roundup — Aug. 17-23

Aug 23, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

A reminder that the 2013-14 #CAASports season officially kicks off on Friday with all nine of the league’s women’s soccer teams in action.

College of Charleston: The Cougars’ athletic department announced a pair of new coaching hires this week. Tiffany Fisher was named assistant volleyball coach after spending the last year as a student assistant with Purdue — her alma mater — where she enjoyed a strong playing career from 2008-11. Former baseball players Jimmy Holton and Tyler Jackson will also join the ball club as undergraduate assistants. The CAA announced the 2013 preseason volleyball All-Conference squad, while CofC’s Darcy Dorton was named the preseason Player of the Year. For the complete preseason team, click here.

Delaware: Incoming freshman field hockey player Kayla Devlin recently spoke with the Blue Hens’ athletic department about her experience with team USA at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. Devlin and team USA finished the tournament with a 2-1-1 record and earned a Bronze Medal. To check out the Facebook photo gallery, click here. Field hockey announced the addition of defensive specialist and assistant coach Kim Kinsella on Wednesday.

Drexel: Field hockey senior midfielder Lindsay McArdle headlined the 2013 preseason CAA field hockey team, which was announced on Thursday. McArdle, who was one of just two seniors on the list, was also joined by three other Dragons in sophomores Lauren Hibshman, Danielle Grassi and Jenna Knouse.

Hofstra: Former Pride softball standout Olivia Galati was named to the All-National Pro Fastpitch team at the league’s annual awards banquet on Wednesday. The righty, who was on of just four rookies to make the team, owns a current 6-10 record with a 3.87 ERA. Her New York/New Jersey Comets team starts the league’s championship series in an elimination game versus Akron on Thursday night. Men’s lacrosse alums Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina play for the MLL title this weekend in the Final Four. Both players are members of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, who are 9-5 this season and play the third-place Hamilton National Saturday at 4 p.m.

James Madison: Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball received some facilities updates this week with a new locker room and new elite Taraflex Court. Women’s lacrosse head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe announced the addition of Emily Garrity to the coaching staff. Garrity recently won the 2013 NCAA women’s lacrosse title with North Carolina and was a two-time captain for the Tar Heels.

UNCW: Women’s golf announced its upcoming 2013-14 schedule, highlighted with a trip to California and two home tournaments. The full schedule can be found here.

Northeastern: Men’s basketball recently announced its 2013-14 non-conference schedule. The Huskies will face 2012 NCAA Tourney teams VCU, Georgetown, Harvard and NIT selection Stony Brook. With the season fast approaching, the Huskies’ field hockey team added three players to its roster. Elizabeth Conley, Becky Garner and Emmy Zweserijn all will suit up for NU this fall.

Towson: Former men’s lacrosse alum Casey Cittadino will also be playing for the MLL title this weekend, while his Charlotte Hounds squad faces the top-seeded and undefeated Denver Outlaws on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Tigers’ football team will be sporting new uniforms this season, after the equipment staff surprised players with the new playing threads.

William & Mary: The Tribe women’s cross country team was chosen to finish seventh in Division I by Track and Field News earlier this week. The team finished last season ranked 21st and returns six of its seven runners from the same meet at nationals. Both men’s and women’s soccer teams took time away from their preseason training to volunteer at a injury prevention clinic on Tuesday. The players interacted with youth, coaches and parents to meet with and explain the importance of injury prevention and stretching. To watch a video of the event, click here. To check out photos from the clinic, click here.

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