By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/24/11
Two Philly men have transferred to Division II Chestnut Hill College as second-year coach Brian Dougherty continues to build a program that has made major improvements in the past year.
Haverford School alum Craig Owen, who played a regular role as a reserve midfielder at Division I Drexel last year, has announced he is transferring to Chestnut Hill where he will have two more years of eligibility.
Also, Abington grad Jess McGinley, a goalie, is transferring from Widener to Chestnut Hill. McGinley played in one game last year for the Middle Atlantic Conference champions and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Owen, an All-Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association choice in 2008 for the Fords, had five goals and six assists last year for the 8-6 Dragons. He said the decision was mostly financially-motivated.
“It had to do a lot with financial issues,” said Owen. “Drexel’s tuition went up, and I wasn’t comfortable with the school aspect of things.
“I felt like it was the best decision for me and my future. I know the guys at Chestnut Hill, and I love what they’re doing with the program. I like everything the school has to offer.”
Last year Dougherty – a former assistant at Haverford College and Penn who led Team USA to the World Cup title in 2010 and has won every major collegiate and professional honor as a goalie – led the Griffins to a 7-7 season. The highlight was beating eventual NCAA Division II champion Mercyhurst during the regular season.
That win helped the youthful Griffins earn national ranking for much for much of the year. Many believe Chestnut Hill, entering only its third year as a program, is poised to make a bigger step this year.
“Doc’s the kind of guy that wants to be the best by doing things the right way,” Owen said. “That attitude is what’s bringing in the recruits and it’s a contagious attitude that I would bet every player on the team already has.
“And it shows with the success the team saw last year.”
McGinley helped Abington win the Suburban One National Conference and reach the state playoffs his senior year. He was an All-Suburban One National Conference First Team pick.