Drexel Dragons men's lacrosse

The Drexel Dragons men's lacrosse team represents Drexel University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Drexel currently competes as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and plays its home games at Vidas Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.

Drexel Dragons
Founded1941
UniversityDrexel University
Athletic directorEric Zillmer
Head coachBrian Voelker (9th season)
StadiumVidas Field
(capacity: 1,500)
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
NicknameDragons
ColorsNavy Blue and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
(3) - NCAA – 2014
USILA – 1972, 1973
Conference Tournament championships
2014
Conference regular season championships
(5) - 2014, 2008, 2007
1978 (ECC), 1956 (Penn-Del Lacrosse League)[2][3]

History

Lacrosse was established at Drexel in 1941 under coach Maury McMains. At the time, the university was known as Drexel Institute of Technology.[4] Drexel's first USILA All-American was Ray Greene, who after serving in World War Two transferred to Johns Hopkins, where he became a Hall of Fame midfielder. Drexel's 1947 schedule included games against Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Penn State and Penn.

Through the 1950s, highlights included Drexel reaching as high as number six in the standings in 1952, finishing the year with a five and two record. In 1958, Dick Young achieved first-team All-American honors at midfielder, as well as leading the team to an 8 and 2 record, with a win over a Lehigh team who would go on to win the "Class C" lacrosse national title the following season.

In 1967, Drexel lacrosse aligned with the Middle Atlantic Conference and in 1975 the East Coast Conference. During this era, Lynn Ferguson, a two-time All-American midfielder, was named an All-American in both football and lacrosse in the same year. Drexel reached the small college USILA tournaments in both 1972 and 1973, with records of 11–3 and 9–4, respectively. The 1972 season also included a 14 to 6 win over the innovative Morgan State Bears lacrosse team.

In 1978, Dennis Fink earned the University’s first-ever NCAA Division I All-America honor for lacrosse, was the first Drexel player to lead the nation in scoring (with 98 points) and currently remains among the all-time leader in several NCAA Lacrosse records. Fink also led Drexel to their only ECC conference title, as well as a 10 and 2 record.[5]

Drexel would later realign with the North Atlantic Conference (1992) and the America East Conference (1997) before settling in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2002.

The 1998 men's lacrosse squad won eleven straight to begin the season, finished with twelve wins against two defeats, including a 14 to 10 defeat of top 20 Towson University, and a number 19 national ranking. In 2007, Drexel lacrosse defeated University of Virginia, ranked number one at the time and the defending National Champion, Drexel's first victory over a number one ranked Division I team in any sport.[6]

In 2008 the Dragons set a school record with 13 wins, ranking as high as 10th in the nation and reaching the Colonial Tournament finals before losing 10–9 in overtime to Hofstra, narrowly missing out on an NCAA tournament bid.[7] In 2010, the team reached their highest ever national ranking at number 7 in the nation following a win over then number three Notre Dame, the eventual NCAA Division I tournament runner up. Drexel reached the conference finals again in 2012, after upsetting Penn State, but lost to number one ranked Massachusetts in the finals.[8]

In 2014, Drexel scored in the third overtime as the Dragons came back from a three-goal deficit with five minutes to go in the game, to defeat Hofstra 11–10, win its first Colonial Athletic Association championship and earn their first NCAA tournament berth in lacrosse. In the first round of the tournament, the Dragons eliminated fourth seeded Penn by a score of 16–11. The highlight of the game was three consecutive goals by Drexel in a span of just over 11 seconds at the end of the first half. The Dragons moved on to the quarterfinals where they lost to Denver 15–6 at Delaware Stadium. The attendance for the game of 7,222 was the largest in Drexel lacrosse history.[9]

Prior to 2014, Drexel had not appeared in any NCAA Lacrosse Tournaments, though the team did get invitations to the 1972 and 1973 USILA small college tournaments.

Drexel has had 44 lacrosse All-Americans since beginning the sport in 1941.[10]

In 77 seasons, Drexel has an all-time record of 435 wins, 461 losses and 3 ties.

Notable athletes and coaches

  • Chris Bates: Former head coach who played for the Philadelphia Wings, winning NLL titles in 1994, 1995 and 1998, and making the All-Pro team in 1996. In 2009, Bates was named head lacrosse coach at Princeton University, replacing Bill Tierney.[11]
  • Scott Stewart: The 3rd overall pick in the 2001 NLL draft,[12] accumulating 151 goals with 162 assists for 313 points over a ten-year NLL career.
  • Jeff Spano: 2001 graduate who played professionally from 2002 to 2006 with the Philadelphia Wings and the New York Titans,[13][14] with 28 goals and 78 assists for 106 points in 81 games.
  • Robert Church: The fifth overall selection in the 2013 NLL entry draft.[15]
  • Ben McIntosh: The first overall selection in the 2013 Western Lacrosse Association draft, as well as the first overall selection in the 2014 National Lacrosse League draft. Named 2015 NLL Rookie of the Year.[16]
  • Ray Greene: Played on one of the first Drexel lacrosse teams and selected first-team All-American in 1943. Greene was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1981.[17]
  • Tom Hayes: Former coach who also coached at Rutgers, elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989.[18]
  • Brian Voelker: Current head coach, elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015.[19]
  • Dennis Fink: Earned university's first Division I All-America honor for lacrosse. Fink was the first Drexel player to lead the nation in scoring and holds two NCAA Division I men's lacrosse records: points-per-game for a season (98 points in 12 games for an 8.17 per game average) and assists-per-game for a season (63 assists in 12 games for a 5.25 per game average) in 1978.[20]
  • Lynn B. Ferguson: All-American in both football and lacrosse for Drexel, Lower Merion grad.[21]
  • Walter "Sonny" Bajkowski: Currently ranked 20th all-time in Division II total points for a season (96 points in 14 games) and 16th all-time in points-per-game for a season (6.86 ppg for 14 games) in 1972, Boy's Latin grad.[22]

Annual record

YearWinsLossesTiesPercentConferencePlayoffsNational RankRPISOSPower Rating (1)
2019780.4674thCAA Finals (2)282726
2018580.3855th371944
2017680.4294thCAA Semifinals332136
2016690.4004thCAA Semifinals352330
2015780.4672ndCAA Semifinals322037
20141350.7221stCAA Title, NCAA Quarterfinals (3) 982218
20131140.7332ndCAA Semifinals18183024
2012880.5003rdCAA Finals (4)1817917
2011860.5715th262616
20101050.6673rdCAA Semifinals13202514
2009780.4673rdCAA Semifinals354034
20081340.7641stCAA Finals (5)15193920
20071150.6881stCAA Semifinals17203222
2006590.3575th393330
2005950.6435th294129
2004490.3105th433936
2003680.4304thCAA Semifinals3137
2002950.6434th3032
2001580.3856th3635
20001100.0916th3244
1999670.4915th3736
19981220.7912nd194125
1997860.5716th4138
19963100.231
1995780.467
19944100.286
1993670.462
1992580.385
1991490.308
19902110.154
19893100.231
1988480.333
1987490.308
1986580.385
1985670.462
19845100.333
1983480.333
1982670.462
1981470.364
1980460.400
1979840.667
19781020.8331stECC Title (6)
1977840.667
1976560.455
1975830.727
1974840.667
1973940.692USILA First Round (7)
19721130.786USILA First Round (8)
1971730.700
1970470.364
1969280.200
1968180.111
1967360.333
1966180.111
1965351.389
1964540.556
1963350.375
1962350.375
1961450.444
1960640.600
1959631.650
1958820.800
1957630.667
1956720.7781stPenn-Del Lacrosse League title (9)
1955350.375
1954630.667
1953440.500
1952520.714
1951530.625
1950520.714
1949520.714
1948250.286
19470131.036
1946060.000
1945
1944
1943000(10)
1942440.500
1941000(11)
(1) Laxpower Power Rating[23]
(2) Lost CAA tournament finals 16–14 to Towson.
(3) Won CAA tournament finals in three overtimes over Hofstra 11–10. Defeated Penn 16–11 in NCAA 1st Round. Lost to Denver 15–6 in NCAA Quarterfinals.
(4) Lost CAA tournament finals 18–12 to Massachusetts.
(5) Lost CAA tournament finals 10–9 in overtime to Hofstra.
(6) Tied for 1st place in ECC with 3-1 record, with Bucknell and Delaware.
(7) Invited to post-season USILA small college tournament, lost to Towson 19-7.
(8) Invited to post-season USILA small college tournament, lost to Towson 17-6.
(9) Undefeated in Penn-Del league play.
(10) Unofficially finished with a 3 and 4 record.
(11) In 1941, Drexel played 6 informal games, with a record of 4–2.[24] The team was suspended in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.

See also

References

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  2. "Lacrossemen Compile 7-2 Log Best Record in Team History" (PDF). Drexel Triangle. 1956-06-01.
  3. "Longtime Men's Lacrosse Coach Inducted Into IMLCA Hall Of Fame". Swarthmore Athletics. 2017-07-31.
  4. Songe, Alice H. (1978). American Universities and Colleges: A Dictionary of Name Changes. Scarecrow Press. p. 58. ISBN 9780810811379. Retrieved February 25, 2016 via Google Books. Adopted present name [Drexel University] in 1970.
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  10. LaxPower: All American list
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  12. "Combs Selected By Philadelphia In NLL Draft". University of Maryland. August 27, 2001. Retrieved February 19, 2016. The 2001 National Lacrosse League Draft First Round: 3. New Jersey Storm – Scott Stewart – Drexel
  13. Pope, Kristian (March 30, 2002). "This rookie still can't believe he's a Wing". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  14. "More Player signings for New York". OurSports Central. August 24, 2006. Retrieved February 19, 2016. Jeff Spano signs with New York after playing five seasons with the Philadelphia Wings
  15. "Edmonton Rush trade to take Drexel University lacrosse star Robert Church with fifth pick in NLL Draft, 2013 NLL Draft". THE EDMONTON SUN. September 16, 2013.
  16. "Ben McIntosh the first among many Junior Adanacs headlining last night's WLA draft, 2013 WLA Draft". ILIndoor.com. February 5, 2013. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014.
  17. "National Lacrosse Hall of Fame: Melvin R. Greene". US Lacrosse. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
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  19. Ohanian, Paul (May 20, 2015). "2015 Inductees Named for National Lacrosse Hall of Fame". US Lacrosse. Archived from the original on February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. The 2015 inductees are: Jake Curran, Dom Fin, (...) and Brian Voelker.
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