2013 Offensive Preview

2013 Offensive Preview

Welcome back to another installment of our upcoming previews for the 2013 Dragons squad. Today we take a look at the offensive side of the ball.

Questions - Dragons Offense

This week the '12 - '13 version of the Drexel Lacrosse team starts fall ball and their preparation for the spring season. Much of the excitement surrounding this team will focus on the offense and the talent the Dragons will trot out onto the pitch. Coach Ford's offense will hopefully look to improve upon some of the below stats from last year:

- balanced scoring by quarters; Q1: 32, Q2: 38, Q3: 38, Q4: 43
- 10+ goals score in 8 of 16 games
- 9.44 goals per game in the CAA (3rd overall)
- 5.38 assists per game in the CAA (3rd overall)
- 0.33 conversion on man up in the CAA (tied for 4th)
- 0.258 shooting % in the CAA (6th overall)

It should be noted that they finished the last 4 games of the season by averaging 12 goals per game which helped them make their late run to the CAA championship before coming up short against UMASS. However, the statistic that might have had the most to do with their inconsistency last season was their shooting percentage. Whether or not the offense can get some more shots on the cage and make it rain all season will be something to watch for this upcoming season.

There are some other questions for this team, so let's get down to the business, you guys.

Replacing the Leaders

Last year the coaches had the luxury of having two fairly even lines of midfielders to throw at opposing defenses and each line was lead by a captain. Kyle Bergman and Kevin Stockel are now gone and with them they take their leadership, flair for the dramatic and great confidence as well as a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net.

With them gone the team has already turned to senior middie Aaron Prosser to provide leadership and to improve upon his impressive junior campaign. But will he be the only leader out there? The offense brings back plenty of experienced players and it will be interesting to see how seniors Church & Glynn or juniors McIntosh & Trizano look to help out in the leadership department over the course of a long season. A season that every Dragon faithful hopes ends with our first trip to the NCAAs and ends at Lincoln Financial Field.

Encore Performance

For three years now, Church and Glynn have provided plenty of great games and dramatic goals for the Dragons. Now is their chance to put their final mark on this program and bring the team to the big dance. There is no doubt that the pair will finish their careers among the great scorers in program history, but look for Glynn to get to the rack more often off the dodge and make defenses pay when they don't slide and he burns them with the lefty ripper. It'll make him a tougher matchup for opposing defenses and Churchy will be the likely benefactor following the slide for a little dip & dunk on the crease as everyone who has seen him play, this kid can finsih with the best of them. No doubt these two finish at the top of the squad in points this season and we can't wait to see what they have in store for their encore season.

Triz is Back, Sky's the Limit?

Nick Trizano sent the capacity crowd into uproar when he stuck a highlight reel goal to put the Dragons up 8-7 over the visiting #1 Cavaliers late in the 4th quarter of the opening game of the season last year. Unfortunately he came up limping and the start of his promising season was over just as it was starting. The red-shirt junior comes back this season to join his previously mentioned running mates Glynn and Church to form what should be one of the best attacks this program has ever seen. Triz offers a dodging presence that the team lacked at times last season & it'll be interesting to see how he fits back into the lineup that also saw Andrew Vivian get some crucial minutes at X in his absence. Does Voelker potentially run Triz at midfield to balance another midfield line opposite Prosser? It remains to be unseen, but an abundance of offensive skill is a great thing to have.

Belka, We Know About you Now

Last season the freshman from DeMatha burst onto the scene with an impressive campaign that landed him CAA Rookie of the Year. There will be no surprising anyone this season, team's will key on Belka and most likely put a pole on him. This'll lead to matchups for other middies to have a go at the shortie and make a name for themselves. Only time will tell who will rise to the occassion and if Belka can continue where he left off and have another strong season in West Philly.

Filling in the Gaps At Midfield, O Canada?

As discussed above, Prosser and Belka come back as the top scoring returning middies. Will the crew from Canada have a say in where the rest of the scoring will come from? Ben McIntosh comes into his third year at Vidas after two largely inconsistent seasons in which he clearly was still feeling his way through field lacrosse game. He showed glimpes of greatness and a heavy shot from outside, but will this be the breakout season for Ben? He'll surely be one of the top middies and get ample time to put his mark on the season. Fellow Canadians Mason Pynn and Mitch DeSnoo come back after a freshman season that saw them get quality minutes. They should be two of the few that will be fighting for time come spring.

Stay tuned for some more previews (Defense, Goalies, FOGOs & Frosh) as the boys get back into the action during fall ball and prepare for a vaunted alumni squad coming into town on Friday, October 19th. Get your foursome's in for the golf outing on Saturday, October 20th & then head back to Vidas to see the Dragons take on some real competition and follow it up with a trip to everybody's favorite post-game spot, Landmark Americana.