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MLAX: Back of the Net – Feb. 10

Feb 11, 2014, 6:52 AM EDT

CAA men’s lacrosse season got on it’s way on Feb. 1 and now with more than half of the teams in season, the league announced its first weekly honors after CAA teams posted a 4-1 mark to start the 2014 campaign.

Delaware, Massachusetts, Penn State and Towson all opened their respective seasons with a victory.  The Blue Hens (1-1) fell to nationally ranked Bucknell on the road during the second weekend of play. Drexel will open its season against nationally-ranked Virginia in Philadelphia next weekend and Hofstra will entertain Marquette’s second-year program in Hempstead that same weekend.

Penn State’s Shane Sturgis exploded on the field in the game against Michigan with a game-high seven points. His efforts helped the Nittany Lions to a 22-7 victory over the Wolverines and his second CAA Player of the Week honor of his career. Joe Seider netted his first hat trick to go along with one assist to help Towson to a 11-8 win over High Point to earn CAA Rookie of the Week accolades.  To read more about these two honorees, check out CAASports.com for the full weekly report.

A pair of early televised games will feature CAA men’s lacrosse teams this upcoming weekend. Towson’s match-up at John’s Hopkins (Feb. 15) will be shown on ESPN3 live and ESPNU on tape-delay (Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.).  UMass’ contest against nationally-ranked Ohio State in Jacksonville, Fla., will be shown on NBCSN on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. The OSU/UMass match-up is part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.

The Nittany Lions were ranked seventh and ninth in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse & USILA preseason polls, while Drexel, Hofstra, UMass and Towson received votes in one or both of the polls.

The CAA also announced its preseason predicted order of finish and preseason All-CAA honors, which you can read about on CAASports.com.

It’s just the start of the 2014 men’s lacrosse season, but be sure to mark your calendars for the CAA MLAX Championship – April 30 & May 3. The format returned to host the Wednesday semifinals on the two highest seeds campus sites and the Saturday championship game will be played at the highest remaining seed.

Just after the CAA Championship is the NCAA Tournament, which will feature a first round of competition on May 10 & 11 this year. The rest of the road for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will travel through the CAA as the quarterfinals will be held May 17th at Hofstra University and May 18th at University of Delaware. The quarterfinal winners will then advance to the championship, which will be held in Baltimore at the M&T Bank Stadium, in which the Towson Tigers are part host this season.