The Weekend Preview – October 6, 2022

The Weekend Preview – October 6, 2022




RICHMOND, Va. (October 6, 2022) – Colonial Athletic Association competition heats up with the schedule turning to October, as a sold-out field hockey Friday is joined by the midpoint of the league game in men’s soccer and weekends of competition in soccer and women’s volleyball. Additionally, the CAA champions compete in Wilmington and the majority of conference cross country teams converge on the Lehigh Valley.

Volleyball

Three teams — Delaware, Hofstra and Towson — remained unscathed, posting 6-0 conference records in the first three weeks of the CAA schedule. All eyes should be on Newark this weekend with a battle of undefeated and serial teams as Delaware hosts Towson. The Tigers have dropped just five sets in total this fall en route to the longest active winning streak in the country, starting the year 16-0. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens come into the game on a winning streak as one of 11 teams to win nine straight games nationally. Towson ranks in the top 10 nationally in aces per set (6th/2.06), assists per set (4th/13.36), hit percentage (6th/0.305), kills per set (6th/14.28) and the opponent’s hit percentage (9th/.149). ) while leading the CAA in blocks per set (2.62). Subsequently, Delaware leads the league in digs per set (15.25) while ranking behind the Tigers in hit percentage (.237), assists per set (12.62), eliminations per set (13, 63) and aces per set (1.67). The series could go a long way in determining the regular season champion and CAA tournament standings.

Plus, Hofstra is trying to stay undefeated against Charleston in an intriguing game. When the Pride and the Cougars get together, the competition is fierce. Charleston maintains a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series, and nine of the 21 games have come in five sets. They faced off three times last season, with Charleston sweeping both regular season games, but Hofstra got the last laugh by beating the Cougars in the first round of the CAA Championship. | Weekend schedule

Field hockey
The first full weekend of CAA field hockey saw Delaware, Northeast and No. 20 William & Mary emerge victorious. There are three more conference games on the schedule this weekend, including Towson opening his CAA schedule by entertaining Hofstra on Friday (3 p.m., FloLive). The Tigers are looking to win their first CAA game since 2011, while the Pride are looking for their first CAA win this season after a double-overtime loss to Northeastern last Friday. Hofstra has had Towson’s number, having won the last 11 matchups and holding a 31-11 all-time advantage. At 5 p.m. (FloLive), the only two teams to win the CAA Championship in the past nine seasons will meet in Williamsburg as No. 20 William & Mary entertains Delaware. The teams have met nine times over the past five seasons, including four playoff matchups. The Blue Hens hold a 7-2 advantage during that stretch, but William & Mary are the only team outside of Delaware to have won the CAA Championship since 2013, beating the Blue Hens in the 2018 Championship Game.

Sunday, No. 20 William & Mary hosts Drexel (12 p.m., FloLive) in the final conference game this weekend. Despite the Tribe’s recent success, winning six straight matchups, the all-time series was competitive, with William and Mary maintaining a 14-8 advantage. Additionally, there are four non-conference contests later in the day, highlighted by Delaware taking on another ranked Commonwealth opponent. The Blue Hens will host No. 13 Old Dominion (1 p.m., FloLive) in Delaware’s eighth Test against a top-25 foe this fall. | Weekend schedule

men’s soccer
Wins last weekend from Elon, UNCW and Hofstra pushed all three teams to double-digit points with four Saturdays remaining, but only two of them can pull off a win this week. The Seahawks and Pride meet Saturday night in Wilmington (7 p.m., FloFC) in a deciding game with implications for a top-two seed that comes with a home semifinal and a bye. go to the first round. Elon will aim to stay at the top of the leaderboard when he hosts William & Mary (7:30 p.m., FloFC).

The day will begin on Long Island as Stony Brook take on a Charleston team to their best CAA start in years (12 p.m., FloFC), while a pair of 4 p.m. contests on FloFC send Monmouth northeast and Drexel in Delaware. Weekend schedule

Women’s football
Thursday’s slate starts early with Monmouth hosting Hampton (4 p.m., FloFC) ahead of five night games around the league. Drexel, currently in first place with nine points, hosts a Hofstra side looking to bounce back from early season struggles (6 p.m., FloFC), while William & Mary, one point behind the Dragons, host a North side – Is coming out of a big weekend (7 p.m., FloFC). Elsewhere on Thursday, Stony Brook will visit Delaware (6 p.m., FloFC), Towson will travel to Charleston (7 p.m., FloFC) and Elon will take an in-state trip to UNCW (7 p.m., FloFC).

Northeastern will face Hampton on Saturday in a game played at William & Mary (8 p.m.) ahead of five games all in the 1 p.m. window on Sunday. Stony Brook visits Drexel, Towson heads to UNCW, Elon cruises down the coast to Charleston, Delaware welcomes Hofstra, and William & Mary welcomes Monmouth. | Weekend schedule

Cross country

Only two cross-country teams will be in action this weekend. On Friday, Charleston travels to Charlotte for the Royals Challenge, hosted by Queens (NC), while Northeastern returns to Franklin Park on Saturday for the New England Cross Country Championships.

Swimming & Diving

Delaware, Drexel and Towson open their 2022-23 swimming and diving seasons this weekend as the Blue Hens host UMBC and Johns Hopkins, the Dragons host La Salle and Towson travels to George Mason. UNCW entertains ACC foe Georgia Tech and Northeastern takes on UConn and Rhode Island.

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