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Meet A Freshy 

WPF and Rodger Lodge-yourself Publications is proud to bring you our very first "Meet a Freshy" with Henry Buonagurio a goalie from Duxbury, Mass. We asked "The Big Piece" Mark Manos to pick our very first interview and Henry is who he picked. I think it's safe to say Mark see's something in this keeper already. Enjoy!

 

Henry! First off welcome to the Drexel Lacrosse Family!

What was the most important part of your college decision making process in coming to Drexel?

The biggest selling point for me to come to Drexel was the coaches and the lacrosse atmosphere. All of the coaches especially coach Collins really impressed me with how they run this program.

So now you have been on campus for a week or so...what do you think of the atmosphere so far? Has there been any highlights to your stay? 

The atmosphere here is great it a very tight knit community, the biggest highlight of my stay so far is all of the great food choices here at Drexel, I am by no means limited to eating at the cafeteria everyday, like at most other universities.  

What dorm are you staying in and who is your roommate?

I am staying at Calhoun, with Mike McGregor

How is the process of adjusting to life down here in West Philly from Mass?

It has been a big change from growing up in small suburb of Massachusetts to living in such a large city. It has been a very smooth transition for me though

You started fall ball this week, how is it going so far?

It is going real well, it has been a lot of hard work, and a major lack of sleep though.

How tough has Coach V been with the conditioning up to this point? 

Conditioning has not been anything that I am not used to from playing lacrosse and football my whole life.

What is it like to have a true goalie coach on the field for Drexel in Coach Collins? 

Incredible, its awesome to be taught from a coach who has as much experience at the goalie position as Coach Collins. He teaches from his own experience playing goalie. 

What is it like to have someone like Coach Manos teaching you on a daily basis?

Just fantastic, Mark, being the best goalie to ever come through Drexel, can pass all of his knowledge down to the younger guys. He knows exactly what the other coaches expect from their goalies, and no one knows exactly what to do in every situation better then Mark.

What do you think of the level of play and the transition from Duxbury/Laxachussets high school ball?

It is definitely a huge leap in both responsibility, and game speed. I personally need to adjust to major jump in the speed of the game, at the D1 level.

We know that you have only been here for a short time and practicing even shorter, but what are your goals for your freshman campaign on the team?

To get better everyday. To lead the defensive unit, to become a leader of the team, and most importantly, eventually become a starter for the Drexel Dragons.

Thank you Henry and a huge WELCOME from the contingent at WPF and alumni across the world!

For further info check out http://phillylacrosse.com/2011/02/07/mens-recruit-drexel-lands-ace-junior-goalie-buonagurio-from-duxbury-mass/

Below is a Pre-Fallball interview of Senior Captain Chris Walsh conducted by WPF, with the help of 5th year Undergrad Asst. Dana Wilbur. Enjoy and Thanks Walshy!

Congratulations on being selected as captain for the 2012-2013 Dragons! What did it feel like when you found out you would be captain of the Drexel Dragons in the 2012-2013 year?

It was one of the best feelings I've had in my athletic career. Knowing that your peers voted you as a captain to lead the team is the most rewarding part about it. I never imagined this honor when I walked onto campus as a rook. It's going to be a challenge that I welcome with open arms.

What are the collective goals of the captains group?

Our goals are obviously to take this team and program to the NCAA's. That is the end all be all, and at the end of the day all we want to do is win any way we can. Another goal for me is to instill a hard working mentality in the under-classmen, that’s always been a trait of the captains that have lead this team. We are bringing in a bunch of young guys, so it's crucial that they know how to work hard, and the benefits of it. 

In terms of your play, what are your individual goals for this Fall and the Spring Season ahead?

My biggest goal and challenge is to work on my cover skills, I want to be a lockdown defender. I know I can run with anyone around, and I know the game and our system very well after having a few years to study them. I also realize I will be looked at as a vocal leader on the D end, and we will have a lot of young guys competing for spots. Getting the younger guys, and really a lot of our inexperienced guys comfortable is another important task this fall.

Coming off of such a great late season run last year what has been the focus of the Summer and early Fall for the team?

We are going to be a very different team with some key losses. I know a lot of guys have been working hard this Summer to be prepared to fill in those spots. The Fall will be crucial from a competition standpoint, because competition for positions generates the best results, that’s just a fact of life. I think bringing everybody up to speed with our systems offensively and defensively will be a major task because the amount of youth we are bringing in. 

Practice starts this tomorrow; What does your Fallball practice and scrimmage schedule look like? What do you feel is the most important piece to the Fall for the 2013 Drexel Dragons? 

Our fall ball will be about a month long, going from Tuesdays to Saturdays which has been the standard for a while. I believe we have our Drexel Playday October 20th, where we play our much hated neighbors the Quakers, and then we get a crack at Navy which I am really excited for. Also, not positive about the Alumni game but I think it is the night before that...and as always we are looking forward to running with you guys. I think Manos (Current 5th year - Undergrad Assistant) tells me every day he is going to score, in which case I am hanging up my gloves. 

What is the team's strongest point coming into this year? 

I think our offense will be the cornerstone for us, at least until our new look defense gets some games under it's belt. Getting Triz back is a dimension to our offense we definitely missed last year. I know Church and Glynn will have an excellent senior campaign too. We had some young guys step up last year which was nice because I think we can look to them to carry more of a load with some of our recent graduations at midfield. Being a D guy though, I am very confident that whoever is in there, can and will, get the job done for us. 

What is the team’s weakest point or shall we say, where have you lost the most? What is the plan for that group in your eyes as a captain?

It's no surprise we lose a lot on the defensive end, guys that have been an integral part of our team for the past 3+ years.  But honestly, I am not worried about replacing them, I am more excited to see some other guys step up. We have some great athletes coming up to help fill the shoes of Drew and Farqs at the D-Mid role. Losing three poles with the caliber of Dana, Teubs, and Frank is a blow, but there are guys that have been waiting for this day to come. Harrison, Hum-dog, Rooter, and a bunch of freshman will be chomping at the bit to play. Also, Dusek and Houch have been playing at a high level since they got here, so it's not like we are starting from scratch. There are numerous spots open, and this fall will be the most competitive since I've been here. 

Having played in front of Mark Manos for 4 years, what's it going to be like without him in cage?

I didn't mention Mark above because I saw this question, but again he is another tough guy to lose. Without going into accolades and tangible skills which most are aware of, his passion for the game is unmatched, and will be missed. It will definitely be weird for me at first when the firsts are out there and Mark's not in the cage, just because that's how it has always been for me. Mark did a hell of a job filling Bruce's shoes, and I know it is a lot to ask but we need a similar occurrence this year. There will definitely be a lot more net to shoot at, that’s for sure. 

Anything else you would like to say to WPF in terms of the Dragons 2013 Campaign?

As always, we thank you guys for your endless support! I assure you it's not unnoticed within our team, our parents, and other teams. We work hard out there for you guys, to leave this program in better shape than when we got it. Stay loud, stay proud, and see you guys October 19th for the Alumni game.  

Interview: Senior Attackmen & Captain, Scott Perri 

WPF:  Let’s start with the team, you sit at 6-5 overall and are 2-2 in still very wide open CAA, what’s your assessment of the first 11 games and has Drexel gotten better as a team?

 
SP:   We’ve been on a rollercoaster since the first whistle against Virginia. We have had some great moments and some horrible moments. Right now we are focusing on working hard every practice so we can carry that over to working hard in the game for 60 minutes. The win at Penn State, although wasn’t picturesque, was what we needed. Everyone knows the CAA is a dogfight. A win is a win. We played hard, everyone was involved and we came out on top. Now we’re going to take that momentum to Massachusetts and beat the Minutemen.
 
WPF: 5 tough losses so far and all of them to ranked teams, what was the toughest out of conference loss of the season and which one of the two CAA foes do you want another shot at.
 
SP: Every loss is tough. Every one of our losses except for our Hofstra game, we were winning or tied going into the fourth quarter. Nova was a tough loss for us. We hate Nova and they play down the road from us. We wanted that game and losing a thriller 14-13 early in the season was very disappointing. As for the CAA, both losses hurt for different reasons. The Hofstra game was tough because we never had the momentum and couldn’t stop them from picking up a groundball, and the Delaware game was a tough loss because we were winning at halftime and gave up the lead. With all these losses, I believe our team is better for them. We learn from our mistakes and we’re poised to make a run to the playoffs.
 
WPF: UMass this weekend, what are you guys doing differently to prepare for this big test?
 
SP:  We want to take the momentum from Penn State and bring it to UMass. The Penn State game was our first “play off” game. Last week we knew we would have to win our next three CAA games to get into the playoffs. So far we are 1-0 in that quest. Now, we want to make it 2-0 against a great UMass team who is ranked nationally. Our backs are still against the wall and were not going to go down with out throwing punches. We know it is do or die. We’re going to give them everything we have.
 
WPF:  Well, best of luck this weekend, we can’t wait to follow the game this Saturday.  Now on to this season you’re having ……..WOW!  Right now you’re tied for second in the country for points per game and you’re in the top 5 for both goals and assists, that’s head turning, so do you think Quint Kessenich knows who you are?
 
SP:  Thank you for the acknowledgement. However, I don’t think he knows who I am. I have been lucky enough to be part of this program for 4 years now and have played and met many great Drexel players. Players like Bruce Bickford, Steve Grossi, and Adam Crystal have had amazing careers here yet they flew under the radar. Our program has shown that we can consistently contend against the best. I believe it is time to start getting recognized. However, to get recognized you have to win. I have no intention of losing any more games. It is time for our program to be recognized.
 
WPF: How does it feel to be topping the charts with fellow Smithtown West teammate Rob Pannell?  Does you guys have a little side bet going by now or what?
 
SP: It’s awesome to see Rob and I near each other on the stat sheets. We have been best friends since middle school and have had great chemistry as players. I knew Robs moves before he made them and vice versa. We call each other every weekend after our games. We give each other advice and encouragement. It’s awesome. It is also great to be able to put Smithtown West on the map. There is no side bet for us right now. We are both happy for each other and the success we’ve been having.
 
WPF: right now the entire attack is putting points up, what does Glynn and Church bring to the table and why are you guys working so well as a group right now?
 
SP: I think each player brings a different style and element to the game. Glynn has a cannon. When he gets his shot off there is a great possibility that it is going in or at least hurting the goalie. Church brings a quick accurate shot and good field vision to the line. He can pick his spots on the goalie, he may not over power the goalie, but he will make the goalie guess where he is putting the ball. And I bring the veteran leadership that I think is important to the group. Some people forget that Church and Glynn are both sophomores and still have much to learn. All three of us have unique abilities that complement each other’s games.
 
WPF: The injury bug has hit a little this year, who have you seen step up a little with some extra time coming their way.
 
SP: With Dana out against Penn State, Matt Dusek our freshmen pole stepped up huge making a successful transition from long pole to close defense. He had a great game and helped solidify our defense. Drew Collins was out for a month with a broken rib and I think Chris Farquhar stepped up and took a leadership role.
 
WPF: As always, we need a little story from the inside ……..
 
SP: Everyone knows that it’s a battle at the face-off X. Today, our faceoff men Deven Thomas and Mike Roe had a different type of faceoff. During our scrimmage there were some hacks thrown and Mike and Deven started to have a brawl. The fight ended when Deven had Roe pinned to the ground and gave a couple of good shots to Mike. Needless to say we had to redo the faceoff. Deven lost the faceoff because he started before the whistle blew. I guess Deven won the battle, but Roe won the war.
 
WPF:  Thanks Scott!