CAA Announces Preseason Poll, All-Conference Team

Paparo recognized on close defense, Minutemen picked third

RICHMOND, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) unveiled the 2018 Preseason Coaches Poll and All-Conference Team on Wednesday, which including the Minutemen in third place and junior Isaac Paparo as one of only three defenseman from across the league selected for recognition. The season begins for Massachusetts on Sat., Feb. 10 at No. 16 Army West Point with a Noon faceoff.

Towson was selected at the top of the poll with four first place votes and 24 total points. Hofstra followed closely behind with 22 points and a pair of first place votes. After Massachusetts in third (15 points), Drexel took fourth (14) and Fairfield was picked fifth (8). Delaware rounded out the poll in sixth (7).

The Minutemen finished the 2017 season in third place among CAA teams and advanced through the CAA Semifinal Round to the championship for the fourth time in program history. Paparo spearheaded the defensive effort as a sophomore one year ago, with 46 groundballs – the most in the conference among non-faceoff specialists – and 33 caused turnovers – a program record.

Towson’s Zach Goodrich collected CAA Preseason Player of the Year alongside a spot on the Preseason All-CAA Team.

CAA Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. Towson • 24 points (4)
  2. Hofstra • 22 points (2)
  3. Massachusetts • 15 points
  4. Drexel • 14 points
  5. Fairfield • 8 points
  6. Delaware • 7 points

2018 CAA Preseason All-Conference Team

Reid Bowering • Drexel • Sophomore • Attack

Colin Burke • Fairfield • Junior • Attack

Andrew Romagnoli • Delaware • Senior • Attack

Ryan Tierney • Hofstra • Sophomore • Attack

Dylan Alderman • Hofstra • Senior • Midfield

Zach Goodrich • Towson • Junior • Midfield

Brendan Kavanagh • Hofstra • Senior • Midfield

Austin Haynes • Delaware • Junior • Long-Stick Midfield

Sid Ewell • Towson • Senior • Close Defense

Brett Osman • Hofstra • Senior • Close Defense

Isaac Paparo • Massachusetts • Junior • Close Defense

Alex Woodall • Towson • Junior • Faceoff Specialist

Jack Concannon • Hofstra • Senior • Goalie

Honorable Mention: Will Hirschmann, Delaware; Marshal King, Drexel; Michael Meurer, Drexel