.@DrexelMLax are the 2021 CAA CHAMPIONS. The #1 seed Dragons defeat #4 seed Hofstra 15-11 to win its first @CAASports championship since 2014 and get the automatic bid to the @NCAALAX tournament | https://t.co/oJkK8CQ2nw #CAALax pic.twitter.com/ROh1xcS1OX
— Lax Sports Network (@LaxSportsNet) May 8, 2021
Sean Quinn picked a great time for his first two goals of the season.
The Leading Edge 2017 alumnus and All-CAA selection usually only dominates on the defensive end of the field as a shutdown defenseman who also regularly takes the ball away. In the CAA tournament, though, Quinn also made his presence felt at the other end of the field. The Seton Hall Prep alum scored once in a 13-8 win over UMass in the semifinals, then again found the back of the net as Drexel upended Hofstra, 15-11, to secure the CAA championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Sean Quinn gets the scoring started in the second half! pic.twitter.com/lRWgE7r6Rk
— Drexel Men's Lax (@DrexelMLax) May 8, 2021
The goals were only Quinn’s second and third goals of his career and first since 2019. Quinn led a stingy Dragons’ defense with two ground balls and a caused turnover against the Minutemen, then caused a pair of turnovers and snagged five ground balls in the title game. Oh, and he was also named a first-team All-CAA selection, too. Not bad.
BIG EAST Goalie of the Year ‼️
— Georgetown MLacrosse (@HoyasMLacrosse) May 5, 2021
Georgetown 14, Villanova 12
Denver 14, Providence 5
Georgetown 10, Denver 9
’17 Owen McElroy (Avon Old Farms, Conn.) was nearly unbeatable for the Hoyas, making 15 saves in the title game win over the Pioneers after denying 17 shots in the semifinals against the Wildcats. For his efforts, the All-Big East goalie earned Big East tournament MVP honors.
’18 Will Vitton (Summit) stopped seven shots for Villanova, which got a pair of goals from ’17 Corey McManus (Summit). ’17 Toby Burgdorf (Westfield) tossed aside 14 shots for the Friars
Johns Hopkins 12, Rutgers 10
Maryland 12, Johns Hopkins 10
’17 Jared Reinson (Montgomery) collected five ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers to lift the Blue Jays into the title game. ’15 Connor Kirst (Delbarton / Lawrenceville) led the Scarlet Knights with a pair of goals to go with three ground balls and a caused turnover. ’16 Colin Kirst (Seton Hall Prep) stopped a dozen shots for Rutgers, while ’17 Zach Masessa (Montgomery) had a pair of ground balls.
Reinson was even better for Hopkins in the title game, corralling six ground balls to go with two caused turnovers.
Lehigh 13, Colgate 9
Colgate 11, Boston University 8
’18 Cole Kirst (Seton Hall Prep) scored once, set up another and picked up a ground ball to help Lehigh vault into the Patriot League title game. The Mountain Hawks then earned the conference’s automatic qualifier when Loyola had to bow out for Covid issues. ’18 Pat McIlroy (Westfield) had an assist, a caused turnover and two ground balls for Lehigh.
’18 Ryan Decker (Chatham) paced the Raiders in the semis with a goal, an assist and a ground ball. That came on the heels of a four-ground ball, one-caused turnover day in the quarterfinal win over the Terriers.
Richmond 11, Air Force 6
High Point 11, Richmond 8
’19 Jack Fabean (Manasquan) helped send the Spiders into the SOCON final with two caused turnovers and a ground ball. He also added another caused turnover for Richmond in the title game.
High Point 11, Jacksonville 8
’16 Matt Stagnitta (Montgomery) scored once and added an assist for the Dolphins.
Bryant 14, Hobart 12
’18 Brian Mitrow (Hunterdon Central) fired home a goal for Hobart.
Tufts 18, Williams 11
’18 Mac Bredahl (Chatham) handed out four assists and also scored once to go with three ground balls as the Jumbos shook off a slow start to roll to the NESCAC title.
Cabrini 19, Neumann 5
’20 Max Drift (Montgomery) popped two goals and added two assists, a ground ball and a caused turnover to help the Cavaliers roll to their 20th straight conference championship.
Stevens 21, DeSales 8
Stevens 24, Misericordia 7
’17 Jason Coyle (St. Peter’s Prep) picked up two ground balls in the semifinals and added a caused turnover and a ground ball in the title game as Stevens cruised to the MAC Freedom championship.
Connecticut College 11, Hamilton 7
’17 Alex Choy (Ridge) picked up a ground ball for Hamilton.