Hempstead, NY - Three Pride players were named to the 2013 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse team and Hofstra was picked to finish third in the CAA according to a vote of the league's head lacrosse coaches, the conference announced recently.

Senior midfielder Adrian Sorichetti (Whitby, ONT, Canada) and face-off specialist John Antoniades (Hauppauge, NY), and graduate-student defender Mark Mullen (Harleysville, PA) were Hofstra's representatives on the Preseason All-CAA team. Sorichetti, who was an All-CAA first team selection in 2012, scored 24 goals and added 14 assists last season. Antoniades, a two-time All-CAA selection including a second team pick in 2012, was second in the CAA and 22nd in the country in face-off winning percentage last year. He is a 2013 team captains and was a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American honorable mention selection in 2011. Mullen, one of four Pride captains this season, was an All-CAA second team selection last season while usually marking the opponents' top offensive threat.

Massachusetts, which captured its first CAA men's lacrosse championship a year ago, has been picked to win the CAA title again in 2013. The Minutemen received five first-place votes and finished atop the poll with 35 points. Penn State earned two first-place nods and was second with 31 points, while Drexel and Hofstra tied at third with 22 points apiece. Delaware (16) and Towson (15) placed at fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by Saint Joseph's. The league's coaches also selected UMass senior attacker Will Manny as the CAA's Preseason Player of the Year.  

The CAA boasts three of its seven squads in the Preseason United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20, as Massachusetts (12), Penn State (15) and Hofstra (20) were ranked earlier this week.  Drexel and Delaware received votes in the USILA preseason poll.

Manny, the CAA's 2012 Player of the Year and USILA first-team All-American, led UMass with 77 points on 44 goals and 33 assists a year ago. He ranked third nationally in points per game (4.81), eighth in assists per game (2.75) and ninth in goals per game (2.75). Manny was a Tewaaraton Award Finalist who notched four game-winners and placed 82.3 percent of his shots on-frame while posting a 54.3 shot percentage, which was fifth best in the NCAA. Manny was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2010 and has earned All-CAA honors three-straight seasons.

Joining Manny on the preseason All-CAA squad at the attack position is Drexel's Robert Church and PSU's Jack Forster. Church finished last season with 29 goals and 18 assists and Forster wrapped up the 2012 season with 27 goals and 15 assists, as both players earned second-team All-CAA honors.

Hofstra's Adrian Sorichetti, UMass' Colin Fleming and PSU's Nick Dolik earned spots in the midfield on the preseason All-CAA team. Fleming had a breakout season for the Minutemen scoring 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists and spearheaded UMass man-advantage unit, notching seven tallies. Dolik has earned All-CAA second team honors for the past two seasons and finished last season with 18 goals, four assists for 22 points.

Penn State's Kessler Brown, a junior, earned a spot on the preseason All-CAA team as the long-stick after tallying 14 groundballs, giving up just two turnovers, causing 11 and helping PSU lead the league in caused turnovers (7.93 pg) with Antoniades as the preseason All-CAA faceoff specialist.

Four defensemen were honored this preseason, as three earned postseason All-CAA honors in 2012. Hofstra's Mark Mullen, Towson's John Fennessy and UMass' Jake Smith and Ryan Hollenbaugh earned preseason honors. Smith recorded 28 groundballs and added 11 caused turnovers and teamed up with Hollenbaugh, who tallied 25 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers, to help UMass hold opponents to just 7.19 goals per game, the third-lowest total in the NCAA last season. Fennessy helped the Tigers' defense with 18 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers during his sophomore season.

Penn State junior goalkeeper Austin Kaut, a two-time All-CAA honoree and 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year, is the league's preseason goalkeeper. Kaut protected the Nittany Lion's cage with a league second-best .584 save percentage and recorded a 7.93 goals-against average over 15 games in earning USILA All-America second team honors.

All three games of the CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship will be held at the highest-seed in 2013 with semifinals set for May 3 and the title contest to be held on May 5. These dates are flexible based on the host's facility availability and updates will be announced on CAASports.com.

2013 CAA MEN'S LACROSSE PRESEASON PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

First place votes in parenthesis

1.

Massachusetts

35 (5)

2.

Penn State

31 (2)

3T.

Hofstra

22

3T.

Drexel

22

5.

Delaware

16

6.

Towson

15

7.

Saint Joseph’s

6

2013 PRESEASON ALL-CAA MEN'S LACROSSE TEAM

Name, School 

Pos.

Cl.

  Hometown/High School

Robert Church, Drexel#

A

Sr.

Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best

Jack Forster, Penn State# 

A

R-Sr.

Jenkintown, Pa./La Salle College HS

Will Manny, Massachusetts*

A

Sr. 

Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

Nick Dolik, Penn State

M

Sr.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice

Colin Fleming, Massachusetts

M

Sr.

Bryn Mawr, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep

Adrian Sorichetti, Hofstra*

M

Sr.

Whitby, Onterio, Canada/All Saints/Trinity Pawling

Kessler Brown, Penn State

LSM

Jr. 

Springfield, Va./West Springfield       

John Antoniades, Hofstra#

FO Spec.

Sr.

Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony’s

John Fennessy, Towson#

D

Jr. 

Yorktown, Heights, N.Y./Yorktown

Ryan Hollenbaugh, Massachusetts#

D

Sr.

Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury

Mark Mullen, Hofstra# 

D

Gr.

Harleysville, Pa./Germantown Academy

Jake Smith, Massachusetts

D

Sr.

Medfield, Mass./Medfield

Austin Kaut, Penn State*

GK

Jr.

Morton, Pa./Springfield-Delco

 CAA MEN’S LACROSSE PRESEASON PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:  Will Manny, A, Sr., Massachusetts

* -- First Team All-CAA Selection in 2012

# -- Second Team All-CAA Selection in 2012