Aug 30, 2013, 2:01 PM EST
The @CAASports fall season gets in full gear for many programs this weekend with 31 games on Friday featuring men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. All of the weekend’s games, including access to highlights, live and post game stats and more can be found on CAASports.com through the Gameday page or full schedule page.
College of Charleston: Swimming and Diving announced on Friday its 2013-14 schedule, which will be its first season back in the CAA since 2007. The Cougars also announced the additions of Kristin Rusboldt and Shelley Tewell to the college’s student-athlete academic services staff and Zach Adams to the sports medicine staff. Assistant men’s soccer coach Troy Lesesne was highlighted in a National Soccer Coaches Association of America article for his outstanding commitment and contribution to the game and the CofC program.
Delaware: The Blue Hens had a busy week with the announcements of various new team captains. Kori Reigel and Jill Meyers were named volleyball team captains, Dianna Marinaro, Shannon Kearney and Allegra Gray were tabbed as women’s soccer captains, while Mark Garrity, Roberto Gimenez and Tobias Muller were selected as men’s soccer tri-captains. Women’s tennis on Thursday announced the hiring of John Marte as a new assistant coach.
Drexel: Men’s soccer and field hockey kick off their respective seasons this weekend, with the soccer club playing host to Fairleigh Dickinson Friday and field hockey taking on Indiana in Durham, N.C., on Saturday. While renovations continue at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, the school announced that there will soon be three chairback sections for fans to enjoy during home games.
Hofstra: The Pride women’s lacrosse team will continue to support the HEADstrong foundation and will host the fifth annual Nicholas Colleluori Women’s Classic on Sept. 28. The event, which honors the life of former Hofstra men’s lacrosse standout Nick Colleluori, will feature 11 teams, fundraising and help raise awareness for fighting blood cancer. Sophomore field hockey midfielder Charlotte Loehr was voted team captain for the Pride, who are currently underway with the 2013 season versus La Salle. Finally, Tracy Koch was named an assistant coach for the Pride’s men’s and women’s cross country team.
James Madison: The Dukes’ athletic department announced on Thursday its plan to rebrand the JMU social media portfolio. Soccer, volleyball and field hockey all start their respective seasons this weekend. To access JMU-specific gameday information, click here. Volleyball took time to visit Washington, D.C., on Aug 18 to welcome and greet U.S. Word War II veterans. To see photos from the amazing event, click here.
UNCW: Cross country opens its season on Friday at the Covered Bridge Open, hosted by Appalachian State. The Seahawks will compete with eight men and 10 women runners. Men’s soccer starts its 2013 campaign Friday at the Wolstein Classic in Colombus, Ohio. The team plays Ohio State Friday night and Cincinnati on Sunday.
Northeastern: Field hockey, coming off consecutive trips to the CAA title game as well as the NCAA Tournament over the past two seasons, opens up this year on Friday at the team’s new Dedham, Mass., field versus Monmouth. The Huskies also enter the season ranked No. 15 in the preseason NFHCA Division I poll. Volleyball also begins its 2013 season this weekend at the Dayton Invitational with three matches. Men’s soccer follows with its first two contests of the year at the Nike Invitational versus future CAA member Elon and Duke.
Towson: Women’s soccer senior Emily Banes was named CAA Player of the Week after registering two goals and one assists in the Tigers’ 3-0 win over Iona last Sunday. Lindsay Freitag was named softball director of operations, while Tiffany Christian was hired as TU’s new assistant director for compliance. Volleyball and new head coach Don Metil open the 2013 season this weekend at the Hokie Classic. The Tigers will face Virginia Tech and No. 14 Michigan State on Friday as well as Pacific and St. Francis on Saturday.
William & Mary: The “new-look” Tribe field hockey squad, led by longtime assistant and recently promoted head coach Tess Ellis, begin the 2013 campaign on Friday versus Radford at home. For an outlook on the W&M field hockey team, click here. Field hockey also announced the late addition of Maria Caro as an assistant coach. Caro enjoyed a four-year career for the Tribe and earned first-team All-CAA honors in 2012. Women’s cross country was recently ranked 16th in the USTFCCCA preseason poll. Earlier this month, W&M cross country was picked seventh in the nation in Track and Field News’ preseason poll.
A complete list of all the current preseason CAA Polls and All-CAA teams can be found at CAASports.com
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