•Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese has not made a decision on the status of junior attackman David DiMaria, who was suspended for last Friday's win at Navy because of a violation of team rules. That decision could be made as late as Saturday morning before the No. 9 Mountain Hawks' game against Colgate.
Cassese said Wednesday that DiMaria has been practicing and taking his normal first-team reps. Last week, DiMaria was playing on the scout team, emulating Navy attackman Tucker Hull's play to help his teammates ahead of the game against the Midshipmen. DiMaria has 33 points in 10 games this season, leading the Mountain Hawks in both goals and assists.
In a news conference after the Navy game, Cassese praised DiMaria for helping prepare his teammates for the Mids.
"It's more about getting back into good graces with his teammates than getting back with me," Cassese said. "The reason we've gotten to this point is because our chemistry is impeccable. I want to make sure that all the guys are 100 percent on board with his return."
Penn State junior midfielder Kyle VanThof will not return in 2012 because of an injury that has sidelined him for much of the season, coach Jeff Tambroni confirmed this week.
VanThof went down with an apparent knee injury early in the second quarter of the Nittany Lions' upset overtime win at Notre Dame on Feb. 26 and has not played since.
Add Yale junior Deron Dempster to any conversation about the most uncanny shooters in lacrosse. Through seven games, Dempster has put all of his shots on goal. He had five goals on five shots in a 10-9 win over Penn, including the winning goal with 12 seconds left.
For the season, Dempster is 7-for-8 on shots for the Bulldogs (3-4, 1-2 Ivy League). (He has missed three games and only just came back on Saturday.) Dempster has not had a shot off goal since a 13-8 win over Georgetown last April 23. Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon saved the shot by Dempster this year that wasn't a goal.
In the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings, Calvert Hall remains No. 2 after beating Manhasset (N.Y.) in overtime last weekend. Gilman moves up to the No. 7 spot from No. 9 after an impressive 4-0 start featuring strong defense and a shared mission on offense. Loyola remains at No. 11, and Boys' Latin is up one spot to No. 17 after beating Fallston.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun