CAA Adds UMass and Penn State as Associate Members

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The CAA annually ranks among the top men's lacrosse conferences in the nation. Delaware has advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice since 2005, including a berth in the 2007 national semifinals, Towson has advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times in the last eight seasons, and Hofstra has qualified for NCAA Tournament action five time since 2000.

Delaware and UMass have not met since the 1996 season when the Minutemen captured a 13-11 victory, but the Hens have two of the last three meetings with wins of 14-13 in 1994 and 16-15 in 1995. Delaware and Penn State have met 20 times previously and between 1992 and 1999, the teams played eight times with six games being decided by one-goal and three going into overtime.

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Sacred Heart, a CAA lacrosse member since 2002, and Robert Morris, a CAA associate member since 2006, are leaving for the more friendly confines of their league, the Northeast Conference. That newly formed league will not begin play until 2011. The Wildcats, Pioneers and Colonials will compete in the CAA for the 2009 season. Thereafter they'll disappear from Towson's schedule.

"I'm thrilled we're able to add Massachusetts and Penn State to the CAA league," said Tiger head coach Tony Seaman. "It certainly boosts our RPI and makes our strength of schedule that much stronger. It establishes the CAA as one of the top three leagues in the country. The addition of these two makes it very exciting for the CAA as well as Towson for the future."

The Tigers combined record against Villanova, Sacred Heart and Robert Morris is 26-1. Towson and Penn State have a lengthy history. The two schools have met 15 times since the inaugural match in 1981. Towson leads the series 11-4. The two last faced each other in a 2003 NCAA Tournament first round contest won by the Tigers, 11-6. The history between the Tigers and Minutemen is very brief. The two teams haven't crossed sticks in 45 years. UMass won the only game between the two, 7-3, back in 1963

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