by Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/4/10
Conestoga junior midfielder Mike McGregor has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Drexel University
McGregor was a member of a team that last year won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship with a 24-2 record. He plays club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2012 and was an All-Star selection for the undefeated Team Philly at the King of the Hill tourney this year.
McGregor, an Honor Roll student, plans to major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and enter the Drexel Co-Op program.
“I went on my overnight and I just fit right in,” he said. “Coach (Brian) Voelker and the rest of the coaches made my trip great.”
McGregor spent time on his visit with freshman Jason Klunder, a Conestoga graduate.
“I like the city,” McGregor said. “I’m a sports fan and I’ve grown up a half-hour away; I like to go see Phillies, Flyers and Eagles games.”
McGregor also considered Penn, Rutgers, Penn State and UMass.
McGregor joins Bishop Shanahan defenseman Chris Panichelli as a Drexel recruit from Philly in the junior class.
McGregor also is the sixth Conestoga junior to commit to a Division I college. The others are attackmen Connor Frisina (UMass), Bradlee Lord (Maryland), and Tyler Brooke (Maryland), defenseman Jamie Ikeda (Duke) and midfielder Adam Goins (Notre Dame). Also, seven Conestoga seniors – LSM Brian Dailey and midfielder Tanner Scott (Duke), midfielder Billy Flatley (Georgetown), midfielder Kevin Rudd (Bryant), defenseman Ben Karr (Ohio State), goalie John Lopes (Penn) and midfielder Robbie Rose (Air Force) – have signed National Letters of Intent or made commitments to play Division I lacrosse.
The Pioneers have won two straight District 1 championships and reached the state finals in each season. They graduated a deep and talented senior class, but will again be a favorite for district and state honors.
“We definitely want to repeat as state champions, but we have some big spots to fill with 19 seniors graduated,” McGregor said. “We have a lot of good players; we just need to play well and have fun.
“We got to learn so much from last year’s senior class. And it helps that many in our group has been together since we were six years old through youth lacrosse.”
McGregor wished to thank Conestoga coach Brian Samson and the rest of the Pioneer coaches as well as Mesa Fresh coaches Peter Rohr and Rob Lord.