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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? 

Rodger Lodge Signing off 

 

Well fellow Dragon Supporters,

 

It looks like the season has come to a close and I just wanted to touch base before I head off to the Mentawai Islands for the summer months.

 

As you all know the Dragons righted the ship this season in time for the playoffs. They beat a Penn State team in the CAA Playoffs that had a ton of senior talent and won by beating them everywhere on the field. This win will be something that the Senior Class of 2012 can hang their hat on! Great work on beating them at home to end their season! Great job Seniors!

 

The season ended on Saturday night under the lights in Amherst to the hands of the unbeaten Minutemen. Fair and square, the team from up North, went on a run in the 3rd quarter and Drexel could not close the gap for the rest of the game. I wish I had the gumption to complain about them having the ACL-tearing turf on their field, but I give the CAA Champions credit, they have a squad that could make a nice run in the NCAA’s and beat our Dragons twice this season.

 

There were some very bright spots to the season that should be noted. Dana Wilbur won the high honor of CAA Defensive Player of the Year and Ryan Belka won Rookie of the Year. Let’s be honest those two awards are legit as all get out! Congrats to those two on their accolades! A tremendous thing for them individually and the program as a whole!

 

Also receiving CAA individual honors were as follows:

 

1st team CAA – Frank Tufano and Kyle Bergman

2nd team CAA – Robert Church and Aaron Prosser

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!

 

The 2012 Dragons end their season 8-8 and CAA Runner-ups. For the type of season the boys had I am very proud of their resilience as the season wore on. 2 tough conference losses two weeks in a row are not easy to swallow, but the boys knew they needed to play great down the stretch in order to get another shot at PSU and UMass. I give the senior class a ton of credit for their success down the stretch!

 

THANK YOU SENIORS! YOU HAVE ALL HAD AN UNREAL CAREER HERE AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE ALUMNI, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! NOW YOU GET TO COME AND BE A PART OF WPF! BELIEVE IT!

 

(Seniors and senior families you can now stop reading)

 

There is a lot of work to be done this offseason. As I see it we return a ton of unreal threats on the offensive end of the field. Prosser, Glynn, Belka, Trizano, Church, McIntosh, and Vivian, are just a few names to start. All of these guys have showed they have the ability to score and lead their team through some tight games. All of the offensive threats now know what it takes to win a one goal, hard fought game and unfortunately we learned the hard way all season long. The great news is that those losses sting. They go down deep into your psyche and burrow into a nice burning fire that consumes you until either you do something about it or it just consumes you entirely.

 

As much as I want to close this season out with all happiness and congratulations I just can’t and I know the seniors will appreciate the alumni fire that continues to burn from May through January of 2013. We love this program and we love this team and we are already gearing up for next season. We have great players, great families, great coaches and great alumni and now all we need is that one year where we put it all together and punch that ticket into the upper echelon of the NCAA Lacrosse World. What do you say 2013 Drexel Dragons? Beers in the sun all summer or sled pushes on 190 degree turf 4 days a week? I guess that depends on the individual…

Heating up! 

 

Heating up!

 

Good morning All,

 

I know, I know, where have I been? Well to be honest, I am sitting next to Vern Lundquist right now at Augusta with my Green Jacket on. I’m usually an honorary member annually down there in Georgia!

Unfortunately I will not be in town for today’s game on this holiday weekend but I wanted to check in before I go yell “mashed potatoes” at Tiger all day today. Might even throw a hot dog at him.

 

The Dragons, as they say on NBA Jam, are heating up! The last two games have been great victories for the team’s record and confidence. Beating the Dutchmen is like stealing the hot chick from the jabroni meathead at prom. Beating the Hens in Newark, although hard to do, is a huge feat for the program after the past few years! The Dragons have put themselves in a tremendous position for their proposed CAA championship run.

 

Today is a monstrous match up for both teams. PSU has beaten SJU, but lost to Umass in the CAA. They come off a convincing victory to the Sillycats this week and have some really nice wins on the roster. Only problem with PSU is that the Dragons have had a week to prepare for them and straight breathing hot fire right now.

 

PSU’s goalie wears a hair band around, no joke, I have seen it. He’s got some Joakim Noah hair going on and he thinks he’s the best keeper in the country. In my opinion, we already saw the best keeper in the country at Vidas in Kemp from ND and this kid from PSU doesn’t have anything on him. He jumps around like a lunatic in net and their defense finds strength through him. Last time he came into town he crumbled and limped back to PSU with a loss on his head. Let’s make him feel that heat again and he will drop a bunch to our snipers!

 

PSU, man, don’t even get me started on that University and their administration. What a mess? I won’t even go into detail but PSU and their nose up in the air aura will get smacked down to earth today at Vidas. That’s just the way it goes coming into West Philly.

 

Talk soon friends

 

Lodge