Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/20/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Head coach Brian Voelker will make his first appearance on the Drexel sideline as the Dragons host third-ranked Virginia in the 2010 men’s lacrosse season opener today at 1:00 p.m.
The date marks the ninth straight season that Drexel will open its season against the Cavaliers. The Dragons return five All-Conference players from last season including Colin Ambler (Abington) and Matt McCormick (Malvern Prep), who were named First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selections; and Mark Manos (Salesianum DE) who was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
Ambler, recenrly picked as a nominee for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, led the Dragons in almost every offensive category. The junior scored 21 goals, handed out 16 assists and had 37 points. He has scored at least 20 goals in all three seasons at Drexel and enters his senior season ranked 12th on the school’s career assist list. He scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the Dragons’ 11-10 victory over No. 1 Virginia as a freshman.
McCormick, a two-time First Team All-CAA pick, is Drexel’s top close defender and led the team with 54 groundballs in 2009. Manos emerged as Drexel’s starter in goal as a freshman. He started every game and finished the season with an 8.36 goals against average. Manos, who was also named Second Team All-CAA, led the league in save percentage at .595 and was named the CAA’s Rookie of the Week on four occasions.
Drexel also had three players named to the league’s All-Rookie team. In addition to Manos, Kyle Bergman (midfielder) and Brian Teuber (Penn Charter/defenseman) were selected to the team. Bergman was second on the team with 18 goals, 11 assists and 29 points. Teuber started 14 of the team’s 15 games on defense as a rookie.
Other to watch for this year include attackmen Scott Perri (13 goals last year/junior) and Bryan Brodzik (Central Bucks East/senior) as well as middies Adam Dennis (senior) and Kevin Stockel (16 goals/sophomore) and Dennis Murray (Holy Ghost Prep/senior), sophomore long stick midfielder Chris Walsh (Downingtown East) and sophomore defenseman Dana Wilber. Also from Philly, senior face-off specialist Nick Kusturiss (Penncrest) will see regular time at the X, junior defenseman John Ciavarelli (Springfield-Delco), redshirt freshman Justin Hummel (Downingtown East), redhsirt freshman midfielder Craig Owen (Haverford School), freshman attackman Brendan Glynn (St. Joseph’s Prep), freshan Martin Goldfarb (Springfield-Montco) and freshman defenseman Tyler Houchins (La Salle) are all fighting for time.
Voelker became the sixth head coach in Drexel history when he was hired on July 13, 2009. He came to Drexel after serving as the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania for the previous seven seasons.
Voelker, who recently got inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, coached the Quakers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.
Voelker played played for three championship teams, and was captain of the 1998 team, during his seven seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Wings. He also won a title while playing with the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
Virginia enters the 2010 season after finishing with a 15-3 record last year, a No. 5 ranking in the final poll and a berth in the 2009 Final Four. With 27 returning lettermen, including six starters, Virginia is ranked third in both the Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll and USILA coaches poll. The Cavaliers have reached the Final Four in eight of the last 11 seasons. Leading the way will be five preseason Face-Off Yearbook All-Americans, headlined by first-team midfielders Shamel Bratton and Brian Carroll, and three-time All-American defenseman and Lowe’s nominee Ken Clausen (Hill School).