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Game 1 

 

Hello Gentlemen and Friends,

 

Some of the sentiments will be repeated from the official recap reported yesterday by WPF, but I felt the need to do a little reporting on the game Lodge Style. To preface my article please note that I am brutally honest in my opinions on anything and everything lacrosse which is usually a good thing. This is obviously a “homer” Dragon site but when there’s more work to be done, there’s work to be done.

 

Our Drexel Dragons come out of their first game 0-1 with a heart breaker to the Virginia Cavaliers. Obviously the Dragons played a very, very solid game. Unfortunately for the boys, coaches, and us, “solid” was not enough. The boys took the loss by a score of 9-8.

All right let’s go through the good things that happened yesterday.

 

The Dragons Defense gave up 9 goals to an ACC turn and burn type of team. Holding them to 7 would have been an A, so I give them a nice B+. Dana Wilbur had a tremendous game against last year’s Tewaaraton Award winner and our D as a whole was able to keep UVA from going on any significant runs. There was a short blip in the 3rd quarter where UVA ran off a few goals but for the most part the Defense showed that they were just as, if not more than athletic than UVA’s offense. Freshman Klunder looked awesome by the way.

 

The Drexel Offense looked better than any other Drexel offense I have ever seen in the first game of a season. They worked very well as a unit and moved the ball quickly at all times. It seems as though the stagnant Drexel Offense is a thing of the past, which is really refreshing to see. At times the Drexel Offense made the UVA Defense look awful. There were some significant mismatches up top and behind. Trizano could have went 1-on1 with McWilliams from UVA 10 times and beat him all ten times, no doubt about it. #13 and freshman Ryan Belka looked tremendous dodging all day. He’s gotta hit the cage but he did get the offense jump started on a few different possessions. Prosser dodged very well and hit the cage on one of his many shots. He beat his man multiple times and then shot lasers over the cage unfortunately. Glynn continues to be a great outside shooter and off ball guy with 2 goals. Overall the offense gets a B. Moral of the story we need to hit the net.

 

The game had taken a turn Drexel’s way in the 4th quarter when Trizano took the ball to the goal, made his defenseman fall flat on his face, and leisurely walked in front of the net and scored. After the play it seems as though a significant injury occurred sidelining Trizano for the rest of the game. I would call this the break point for Drexel. This goal should have been the momentum swing Drexel needed to tilt the field their way and go on a run to end the game. Unfortunately the injury to Trizano seemed to have our boys looking for someone to step up. It’s early of course, but we still didn’t see it. After the injury there were few opportunities for the Dragons without Triz. Hopefully he is not sidelined for long.

 

A few big plays towards the end of the game for Drexel were head scratchers and possession killers. Too early to comment on that but they should get better as the season goes on.

 

Alright so here’s the deal Drexel’s schedule is outrageous and yes we were not favored at all in this game, but we are going to have a ton of very close games and we need to find ourselves up one in stead of down one when the clock stops. Personally I think this is a mojo/leadership/experience thing. Like I have already said its early in this season, there are no moral victories anymore at DU. It just doesn’t feel nice anymore to play a great game against UVA and lose. It was obvious at times that UVA was outmatched but unfortunately they are 1-0 and we are 0-1.

 

I really don’t have that much sly commentary on this one. The Alumni who came out to the game receive an A, the alumni who chose not to come get a zero percent. The atmosphere was tremendous, and the staff had to stop selling tickets! A sellout? What is this a Phish show? Kind of outrageous and great to see! WPF will move forward with or without large numbers, but we’d really like to have a much better effort for Notre Dame in terms of numbers. You guys know there’s free beer, free food, and an excuse to get away from your wife and kids, right? Young alumni have no excuse, because if you can’t get away from your girlfriends your life sucks. There was not one player at the game from last year’s class and very few alumni from the last three years, here’s a sarcastic great job to you guys. Keep up the awesome work of supporting the team…

Some local folks from the neighborhood came out and supported WPF in the parking lot, which was great to see.

 

Next week the boys are at Albany at 1pm. I will make sure I put out the URL if the game is being web cast. Albany continues to be soft year after year, Thompson’s or not.

 

The next home game is 3/3 against Notre Dame! Huge game. Last time UND came to 43rd and Powelton they left shocked and maimed. Po Boy Scott Rogers was shaking in his jock strap last time in West Philly. Let’s hope we can do the same to Sean Kemp’s son.

 

For now, I am going to drown my sorrows wit’ a bottle of Makers while snatching kettle bells,  performing split squats and wall sits all at the same time…yeah I just blew your mind.

 

Thank you to WPF for a great tailgate and alumni atmosphere.

 

Undeterred,

 

Lodge

 

PS yes, that is my dog watching the Drexel Webcast on Saturday at home. Can you get anymore baller than that? I mean seriously my dog has more swagger and intelligence than most humans. Suffice it to say he was not happy at the conclusion. He took out his anger by hunting and eating squirrels on my estate. Yeah, he's got his own house on the estate, believe it.

What lies ahead... 

 

Alumni, Friends, Countrymen…Lend me your ears,

 

The 2012 Drexel Men’s Lacrosse Season is upon us and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be back in the saddle. Rodger Lodge is back and better than ever and just in time to verbally mutilate all of the Dragons opposition. It’s been a long time coming since I have stretched my beautifully manicured fingers across my typewriter and spit all the hate that I have burrowed deep in the depths of my sole. I promise you, you will not be disappointed in Rodger Lodge’s corner just as you never have before. I mean seriously, who brings this type of hot fire on a weekly basis?

 

As I sit and ponder the season ahead I see Virginia, Bucknell, St Johns, Penn State, Hofstra, and Notre Dame at home on the schedule…Is this real life?! Could it get any better than that? I mean honestly Men, we have some serious games coming to 43rd and Powelton and there’s a ton of mental preparation we need to commit to if West Philly’s Finest is going to  carry our boys through each home game. Yeah, yeah a few years back Drexel won a few games at home, but seriously give credit where credit is due.  If it wasn’t for West Philly’s Finest and Rodger Lodge on the hill; completely mind-effing our opponent, we may not have come out on top in some of those games.

 

Are you guys kidding me with the opportunity that is knocking on our door? College kids are completely unstable. We need to capitalize on this. When a goalie hears us for 60 minutes straight in his ear, it gets to him. When a defenseman gets worked out by Bergman for a goal, we let him hear it for the following 5 minutes straight. Let him know how it feels. Let it marinate. Let it stew; Berate, badger, and negativity are a few words that come to mind.

 

None of this occurs if we don’t get to the game. I mean I ain’t no mathmatologist or nuthin but if we aren’t there, the opposition can’t hear us.

 

I am writing this note to all of you in order to prepare yourselves for 2/18, 3/3, 3/13, 3/24, 4/7, and 4/28. The boys need us. The program needs us. And God damn it, you need you to come out in full force to home games this year in order to support our boys.

 

Leave the curses at home because let’s be honest, a comment to an opposing player should be witty. It should almost make the opposition laugh on the field. It takes tact and a slightly off-center person to come up with the comments that we do and let’s continue that this season. Some of us at least graduated from college, so let’s get original.

 

I will begin to work on my first pre-game piece for UVA. There is a ton to feed on there and most of it is off limits, but just like any other typical state school there are juiceheads to scorn and reputations to exploit.

 

Angry,

 

Rodge

2 weekends of scrimmages....then UVA! 

 

Good morning fellow Dragons,

 

I cannot believe that the 2012 Drexel Men's Lacrosse season begins this weekend! The team will be playing in a Tr-Scrimmage against UPenn and Lehigh on Saturday. Penn starts at 11 am while the Lehigh scrimmage begins at 1 pm. Saturday it looks like the high will be 46 degrees so it should be a nice day to get out and see the boys get their first run against some soft competition.

 

Currently the Coaches and Media Poll have the Dragons sitting at 20th in the rankings, while Inside Lacrosse has them at #17. Here is a nice little article from IL with an interview from Voelker and a preview to our Dragons Season by IL: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2012/01/27/ncaa-preview-2012-five-things-you-need-know-about-no-17-drexel .

 

Just as I wrote in my last email we are going to get this kind of attention year in and year out from now on. The step the team and program needs to take this year is forward. Just as was the case during my 04-09 years the team was always progressing. The Drexel Dragons Lacrosse program is one that everyone knows about and it shows in their recruiting classes for 2012 and 2013, plus we are staring at pre-season polls that have slotted within the Top 20. Now we must move to the upper echelon of the mid-major teams. No longer can we be overshadowed by our CAA foes in Hofstra, UMass, and Delaware. Each and every year these teams get the preferential treatment over our Dragons, but quite frankly they have earned it. Only a few years back UMass and Delaware were both (different years) playing on Memorial Day Saturday and Hofstra makes the tournament almost every year. It is now our time to prove that the Dragons of West Philadelphia are here to stay by making a big run into the NCAA Playoffs. There are no other options.

 

How do we do this as Alumni? Well for one, we get out to the games, have a great time, and be a driving force for our team when they play at 43rd and Powelton. Last year we began the year with a few solid performances but it was down from the year before. In 2010 Drexel was almost unbeatable at home with the Alumni behind the net on the North end of the field. We need to keep this up this year and continue to cement the ideal that Vidas Field is one of the toughest places to play in the country.

 

Whoever was at the games in 2010 against UVA, UMass, Notre Dame, or PSU, we literally maimed the opponents morale and resolve by relentlessly cheering for our Team. These teams (even UVA) do not have the rabid contingent of Alumni that lived and breathed West Philly Lacrosse for 4-5 years. Let's do it again this year and keep on it until the end of the season!

 

Second, we need to give back to the program (link below …. Click on the link below!!!). If you have not given already please do so now! When the administration sees the donations for Men's Lacrosse coming in, they notice and the team gets the love from the Academic Dept. There is no doubt that Men's Lacrosse is a close second to the Basketball program, which is kind of insane when you think about it. I have been told specifically that the administration is behind the lacrosse program 100% and if we continue to show our support through donations they will continue to give the players and coaches of Drexel everything and anything they want! Lastly, please stay in touch with the program and the events that Voelker or WPF holds. I can tell you that the tailgates that WPF is planning for each home game are going to be a blast (more to come on new tailgate sponsors!!). Get down there early, get lubricated, and possibly win CASH and/or prizes. It's all about supporting our boys while also supporting our desires to stay young. Bring the Family, show the wife and kids your old stomping grounds. Whatever will get you out the field this year is needed.

 

I can't wait to see all of you down at UVA on 2/18 but if you can get down to Franklin Field this Saturday for the Tri-Scrimmage against Penn and Lehigh it is sure to be a good warm up for the boys!

 

Thank you all

 

Donation Link – Remember to put Men’s Lacrosse in the additional instructions

http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/gol/giftsonline1.asp?specinst=A10AT&deptinst=Athletics&txtSite=AL