Mar 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT
Week 5 of the 2014 CAA women’s lacrosse season is already in the books, and it seems plenty of schools from around the league are still finding and developing their respective identities as non-conference play continues to roll on.
The Blue Hens of Delaware sit atop the standings after recording their second straight 2-0 week — moving to 5-3 on the year after four straight wins overall. Casey Lyons, a sophomore midfielder, has been on an absolute tear as of late, recording 25 points over her last four games, including 13 alone last week (7G, 6A) in victories over Virginia Tech and Temple. According to UD officials, she’s the first Blue Hen since 1983 to accomplish such a point total in four consecutive games. Clearly, those numbers are warranted, as Lyons earned her second straight POTW nod from the league on Monday.
UD goalie Tori Zorovich — great last name — improved to 4-0 on the season, earning the W over the Hens’ perfect week. Even more impressive than totaling 16 saves and moving her season goals against average to 7.88, is that she didn’t allow a single goal in the second half versus V-Tech, which was the first scoreless half for a UD team since 2007. Zorovich was named DPOTW for her efforts.
The CAA’s Rookie of the Week became the first back-to-back winner this season for that category … Of course, we’re talking about Towson freshman Gabby Cha. Though the Tigers went 1-1 last week, Cha played like an upperclassmen versus then-No. 16 Loyola (Md.), notching her first career hat trick on four shots taken in the game. The Maryland native then helped TU end a four-game winless drought with two goals, one ground ball and one draw control in a much-needed, 13-5 victory over Monmouth to close out the week.
The Tribe (1-5) played twice last week and fell both times, losing to then-No. 6 Virginia and Virginia Tech. to Hofstra (5-3) played just once last week, dropping a tough, 9-8 decision to then-No. 20 Ohio State. Drexel (3-3) split over the week, going 1-1 with a win over cross-town rival La Salle and a loss to Louisville. Lastly, JMU (4-3) fell on the road to Rutgers by one, 8-7, in the only game played by the Dukes all week. Despite the loss, Madison is still receiving votes in the most-recent IWLCA poll, while Towson comes in at No. 18.
Unfortunately, due to some internal technology issues, the league’s full weekly report will not be available until we can resolve some issues. Feel free to check back at caasports.com to see the update report later this week.
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