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…