March 17, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

PRIDE RENEWED:  Hofstra jumped back on the winning track after a setback to Johns Hopkins two weeks ago by upending then-No. 3 Princeton, 9-7, on March 14.

Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden tallied nine saves against the Tigers in only his second collegiate game, including seven in the second and third periods as the Pride pulled away with a 7-1 lead in the third quarter.  The native of Millersville, Md., garnered Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for his contributions.  Gvozden faced 33 shots in the contest and posted the first victory of his career.

The Pride jumped six places to No. 6 in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Coaches’ Poll following the upset. It is Hofstra's highest ranking since being No. 2 during the 2006 season.  Hofstra is the only CAA squad with at least one win over a nationally-ranked team with victories over No. 3 Princeton, No. 14 Brown and No. 20 UMass.  The Pride opens CAA play at Sacred Heart on March 21.

MAKING A STATEMENT: Hobart College cracked the USILA Division I Coaches’ Poll at No. 13 after knocking off then-No. 11 Georgetown, 15-8, in the Statesmen’s first defeat of the Hoyas since 1995.

Junior goaltender Max Silberlicht tallied a season-best 16 saves in the contest, shutting out Georgetown in the first half of play.  It was the first time since 1996 that the Hoyas have been shutout in a half.  He picked up his second straight ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance.  Silberlicht tops the nation with a 5.40 goals against average and .693 save percentage.

Hobart is one of just three unbeaten teams in Division I men’s lacrosse along with top-ranked Virginia and No. 3 Notre Dame.

STARTING STRONG: University at Albany’s Brian Caufield shined for the Great Danes last week as they improved to 4-1 on the year for their second-best start in Division I program history.

Caufield, a sophomore attack, compiled 13 points in wins over then-No. 13 UMass and Drexel last week, starting with three goals and four assists in a 12-9 defeat of the Minutemen.  The native of Bay Shore, N.Y., followed it up with four goals and two assists in a 13-11 victory at Drexel, earning America East Conference Player of the Week honors.  He ranks seventh in the nation with 2.20 assists per game.

Freshman Joe Resetarits collected his second America East Rookie of the Week honor after registering seven goals and an assist, including a career-high five goals versus UMass.

No. 17 Albany will test its new national ranking at No. 5 Princeton on March 20.

TURRI OF ACTIVITY:  Duke University stretched its winning streak to four games as the Blue Devils notched its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season with a 12-8 upset of then-No. 8 North Carolina last week.

Redshirt freshman Justin Turri recorded a career-best three goals and an assist as the native of West Islip, N.Y., earned his first career ACC weekly award.  He has tallied a point in seven of the team’s eight games this season, and ranks fourth on the squad with 12 points.

BIG DAY:  Loyola University’s Shane Koppens posted the most points by a Greyhound player in nine seasons as he compiled three goals and a career-best six assists for nine points in 15-11 come-from-behind win over Bryant last week. 
The native of Clifton Park, N.Y., then added two goals and two assists as the Greyhounds downed St. John’s in ECAC play, as he picked up his third career Offensive Player of the Week award.  Koppens also moved up to fifth on the school’s all-time assists list with 71.