Rodger Lodge's blog

Opening Day 

 

Opening Day

Dearest Alumni and Friends,

We are currently 25 hours from the return of the most cherished spectacle we all enjoy most, Drexel Lacrosse. Tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm our Drexel Dragons will face the Virginia Cavaliers at Vidas Field, 43rd and Powelton, West Philadelphia, PA. To say that I am beyond amplified would be the understatement of the year. West Philly’s Finest will undoubtedly have the greatest tailgate of all time. Seriously, I joke you not, the best of all time, bar none. We have booze, food, and radio vendors all online with us. We got a twitter feed that will be updated accordingly from the tailgate and game. There is sure to be thousands in attendance tomorrow on our field! We are more than prepared to thoroughly lubricate and pre-game for the main event. Get down there early and get ready to ride the wave of excitement.

To be honest, I don’t even have that much hate right now. Let’s be clear I hate the Virginia Cavaliers. I hate their cocksure ACC attitude, I hate first names on their roster like Steele, Tanner, Wyatt, and Rhody (kind of sick name, if and only if, they meant Rhody by what I think they meant it by), I hate that they think they were so effing cool, that at one point they called themselves the “wahoos” – which as I understand it is a reference to a fish that can drink its own weight…I literally hate them with everything that I am. Buttttt, I am more excited than hate filled for once. Lacrosse is back and we get to welcome it in by seeing our boys open up against the defending national champions. 

Is there anything better than pulling into the parking lot on opening day? Is there anything better than hearing the pumping music from the parking lot as you turn the corner? Is there anything better than seeing the WPF Flag waving high in the parking lot? The answer is no. Tomorrow is sure to be one of the greatest days in West Philly’s Finest history. We have done everything we can in order to prepare for an amazing day and we know you will enjoy it!  This is our Super Bowl.

Once 2 pm hits our job is not over. Once the first whistle blows our true calling begins. The boys will need our aid at times during the game and lets be prepared to give it them. Let’s be the loudest and most fun group of alumni this school has ever seen while our boys dismantle the Virginia Cavaliers one quarter at a time. We have learned in the past that UVA always plays for 4 quarters and at times when we had them on the ropes we couldn’t make the knockout punch that was needed. On the other hand, we did achieve this goal once…on one of the single greatest days of my life in Charlottesville, VA we took the field for 4 quarters against a Virginia Cavaliers team, went toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes and knocked them out when we needed to. We shocked the world and that win could be seen as the win that put Drexel Lacrosse on the national map. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8H-Ke7DOrU .

It’s great to reminisce about that past day but honestly, it’s tired. We need a new signature win, which would absolutely be attained tomorrow if our boys, with our aid of course, can knock them off in the first regular season game of the year. There is no doubt that it can happen, the question is; will you be there to participate in and witness the battle? 

Lodge is back for the Dutchmen 

Long time Ladies and Gents,

I kind of purposely took a few games off…more like a bunch…because I thought I might be bad luck after the shit show of a loss to the Villanova. As the Lodge posts have gone for the better part of the last 3 years, I simply rip on all of the stereotypes of each team and then I’m about done from there. This year I felt I needed to continue with an opinion piece but make the writing more meaningful in terms of the actual game that will be played on the field. Comon' now folks, we know Delaware is a bunch of state school goons with half a brain cell combined, that Umass is a bunch of massholes who bring their lacrosse sticks to fights, that Nova is the biggest bunch of stuck up, nose in the air…the hate is rising and I’ll get back to the topic at hand.

Hofstra. Hofstra was once the crown jewel of the CAA. They were ranked top 10, they got top ranked talent out of high school, and quite simply they were very, very good. The past couple of years have been somewhat of a disgrace for the program from a historical standpoint. Now don’t get me wrong Drexel does not have any CAA championships or Tournament appearances and Hofstra does…fine, fine, fine understood. But honestly Hofstra has been beaten by their LI neighbor St. John’s, 2 years in a row now, Hofstra DID NOT make the CAA tournament last year, and just overall lackluster. If I were an alum I would be kind of upset about the state of the program. Just pointing out the obvious here Hofstra and by point out, I mean we are basking in your inability to even win the LI battle ground wars or get into your conference tournament. My how the mighty have fallen.

Having rubbed plenty of salt in that wound, let’s move on to the play on the field. No clue about Hofstra personnel. They lost that idiot sorichetti (77 – no clue how to spell his name) who was the best turnover machine I have ever witnessed. I know they have some significant injuries…they probably have names like Vinny and Johnny and Mikey, typical flids, but again I’m not as up on the squad as I could be. If I’m being 100% honest, this game is probably pretty evenly matched but from the sounds of it, Hofstra’s d cannot make stops. Drexel has the ability to pull defenses like that apart but which Drexel offense will we see….up to them…

This is a must win game for either team…CAA is the way into the tournament for both teams as it sits right now. Dragons aren’t going to run the table from here on out (this is me playing reverse psychology and really hoping they do) so they need to pile up the CAA wins as that conference season begins. Every game is do or die with this conference. Hofstra has no shot at an at-large with their inconsistent play this year but they are very good and they are coming into 43rd and powelton with their bad accents and hero sandwiches. I’ll put my money on the boys from the projects in a gritty effort.

Oh yeah did I mention how much I hate Hofstra, with every ounce of my being. I truly do. I posted the parking lot picture from a few years back to remind everyone that a lot of the WPF crew in that picture were on the first Drexel team to EVER beat Hofstra. This program was built on wins like that and the only way to solidify our program in the ranks of the entire nation, is by continuing to move this program forward one hard fought win at a time. Drexel has and always will be a team with a chip on their shoulder. It's engrained in you everyday you step foot on the field at Vidas during your career.

Lodge

At Nova 

Good afternoon Alumni and Friends

Well our Dragons are back at it tonight at 7pm. Drexel takes the bus ride down Rt. 30 through West Philadelphia to the Main Line.

I am extremely proud of this group on all sides of the ball after last Saturday. Goalie play was superb, Offense put up points, and Defense didn’t let the other team score more than our team…solid recipe for a huge win! In all seriousness, the win is one the Dragons needed and deserved last Saturday…they earned it over their opponent.

I usually go into a rant about Villanova’s character, where they come from, touch on the main line persona, etc. etc. etc. We all know that’s true and it’s always fun. The hate I have towards the Villanova Lacrosse program is a unique one. Not many teams on this schedule can bring up the amount of shear disgust that I currently have and kudos to Nova for bringing that on.

In recent years we have won the battle and even in the mid to early 2000’s we went back and forth but still felt we had the edge most years.

Regardless of all that BS, it really doesn’t matter in terms of tonight’s game. Two very skilled teams will walk out on that field…the team that cannot take as many punches as the other team will win, simple as that.

Nova has the new Will Manney in Kluh and of course IL is slobbing all over his knob. Typical stuff there but from what I have seen he’s a nice little Rudy type of player, 5 foot nothing, 100 and nothing, blah blah blah…whatever he is, from what I saw last week our defense has the skills, if it wants to, to match up with every team or player in the country. It all takes focus…it all takes heart…it takes all 60 minutes of everything you got to beat a cross town rival in freezing cold February. As I have said on every post…this game hinges on the Defense. Not going to change anytime soon.

Look out for updates from the Unit on twitter @WPFlacrosse. I heard their box coach keeps it super tight over there at Nova ;)

Cheers Mates, let’s get this done team

Lodge