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MLAX: Back of the Net – Apr. 8

Apr 8, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

Just a few weeks left in CAA Men’s Lacrosse regular season and the teams are battling it out for the wins. Last week the league earned a 2-1 overall record in non-conference play, while Drexel took Penn State to triple overtime to secure a 13-12 win and Towson upset #11 Massachusetts on the road, 6-5. InsideLacrosse.com’s Mark Dixon talks about how the CAA continues to intrigue as conference play posted another thrilling weekend.

Hofstra is still the only team that has clinched a spot in the 2014 Championship Drexel and Towson are both 2-1 in CAA play and is sitting in a good spot with just two conference games to go. UMass and Penn State each have three CAA games to tackle before the end of the regular season.

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In the triple overtime victory, Drexel was led by senior midfielder Ben McIntosh. He posted a career-high eight points on a career-best five goals and three assists to earn CAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week honors.  Also joining McIntosh with POW Honors was Towson sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White. He helped the Tigers to the road win over #11 UMass while recording 16 saves in front of the net. This week’s Rookie of the Week honors were granted to Penn State’s Mike Sutton. The freshman made his first career start and scored a career-high five goals in the tough 13-12 triple overtime loss to Drexel. To read more about these award winners, check out CAASports.com.

Three teams ranked in national polls! Massachusetts and Hofstra continued to be ranked both national polls this week, while Towson leaped into both polls for the first time this season ranked at No. 19. UMass earned a No. 14 ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll, while Hofstra followed at #16. The case is reversed in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as Hofstra is #14 and UMass is #16.

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Drexel’s Nick Saputo, who is ranked 6th (0.645) is leading the 7th-ranked Dragons (0.625) in face-off winning percentage. PSU follows at 9th in FO winning percentage (0.615). Towson is ranked third in the nation in man-down defense (0.775) and 8th in clearing percentage (0.903). The Tigers are also third in the nation limiting their turnovers to 11.73 per game, while Hofstra follows at 8th (12.30).  Saputo also ranked 6th in ground balls per game (9.64). UMass’ Joe Calvello follows Saputo in ground balls per game at 9th/9.00. Full NCAA rankings listed on page 5 of the CAA Weekly Report.