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Interview: Junior Midfielder & Captain, Andrew Collins 

First and foremost I’d like to thank WPF for all the support. It’s been great having you all at our games. Hearing you guys on the sideline and throughout the game is definitely a boost. So thank you!

WPF: Drew, we didn't play a ton of defense vs Mount and Lafayette and then you guys were up in Hofstra so your injury has gone a little under the radar. What happened, hows rehab going and when your going to rejoin the troops?

AC: Not exactly sure how it happened but I broke my ‘4th’ rib on the left side of my chest. Rehab is going well. Still out of all contact drills during practice but I partake in all stickwork festivities. Monday will be the start of my 4th week out. Once week 4 hits it’s up to me and how I feel. It’s still a little tender but I’m making sure I keep my feet underneath me so when I do come back, I’m back in full force. I’ll definitely be back with the troops when we head up north to UMass but hopefully sooner.

WPF: Well, I speak for everyone when I say we look forward to seeing #10 back out there, it can't come soon enough. So at the start of the season you were asked to be a captain for this team as a junior, that's impressive, what does that honor mean to you and what do you like about helping to lead this team?

AC: It’s a great honor to be named captain as a junior. There is no better feeling than leading this team into battle. I like being a guy the team can count on to make a play at the end of a game. It’s been a big learning experience, learning how to lead on the field and how to become a person that other players can come to.

WPF: Your brother and Drexel assistant coach was a great player in this conference, unfortunately he played for Delaware, whats it like having your brother as a coach? And what is it like during Delaware week?

AC: It’s awesome having my brother as a coach. Seeing him everyday isn’t that bad either. He knows his stuff. He’s been around the lax world long enough to understand how things need to be done. It’s nice to have a coach who can relate to his players as well as he does. Unfortunately he did go to Delaware. But he’s a Dragon now and he wants to win this game just as much as we do. He’s doing a good job getting everyone focused and making sure everyone is prepared.

WPF: You play a somewhat "unsung" role on this team, whats it like being a D middy in general, and whats it like on this team and in this defense?

AC: Being a D-mid is by far the greatest position on the field. There’s no better feeling than jackin up some O mid. We D-mids are work horses. We don’t get the glory, or the girls, like them attackmen but we do capitalize on our opportunities. The D-mids on our team understand our role. Were the game changers. When we do our job and shut down our man then let our poles go to work, were in great shape.

WPF: I know you guys are probably a little down after Hofstra, but how has the team responded this week while getting ready for Delaware?

AC: Losing to Hofstra was definitely a wakeup call. We had a good hard week of practice. Everyone worked hard and got after it. Everyone is ‘raring’ to go. We all remember what happened last year. They ended our season. Won’t happen again.

WPF: OK, we love this part, how about something funny or from the inside that has happened in the last few weeks?

AC: Highlight of the week. Bergs VS Tufano. During 1v1’s the ball hit the ground. Bergs and Frank both went after the gb hard. Frank laid some lumber on Bergs 7 yards away from the ball. Bergy wasn’t too happy with it, words were exchanged and haymakers started being thrown. Both exchanged blows before Frank body slammed Bergs to the turf. The scuffle continued on the ground for a few more seconds then the play was blown dead. Great battle my both men.