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Drexel Dragons
DrexelDragons.png
University Drexel University
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Eric Zillmer
Location Philadelphia, PA
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Vidas Field
Basketball arena Daskalakis Athletic Center
Mascot Mario the Magnificent
Nickname Dragons
Fight song Drexel Fight Song
Colors Blue and Gold

             

Homepage www.drexeldragons.com

The Drexel Dragons are the athletic teams of Drexel University.

The school's athletic program includes sixteen NCAA Division I sports including eight men's and eight women's teams, with most sports teams competing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Drexel is not a member of the Philadelphia Big 5, which is made up of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Villanova University, Temple University and La Salle University. Drexel's athletic department was ranked first in gender equity by U.S. News.[1] The university has demonstrated a high level of student-athlete academic performance, with a 10 year NCAA graduation rate of 91% compared to a national average of 85%.

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Facilities

In addition to the DAC which is located inside the Main Campus, Drexel utilizes fields within Lee Park, located northwest of 42th and Powelton Avenues[2].

Athletics history

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Basketball

In 109 seasons, Drexel has an all-time record of 1119 wins and 940 losses. The Dragons joined Division I in 1973. Bruiser Flint is the head coach of Drexel Men's Basketball. Drexel has received bids to four NCAA Basketball tournament in 1986, 1994, 1995 and 1996. During the 1996 tournament, Malik Rose led the team to their only second round appearance after an upset of fifth-seeded Memphis.[3] Prior to this, Drexel had appeared in four Division II NCAA tournaments in 1957, 1960, 1966 and 1967, including the very first Division II tournament in 1957. Drexel's mens basketball team was ranked as high as 35th nationally in 2007, finishing the season with a 23 and 9 record while making the National Invitational Tournament tournament for the fourth time in the prior five years.

The first Drexel basketball team (1894 - 1895)

Annual Record Men's Basketball

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Tournament National Rank
2008-09 15 14 .517 5th -- 136
2007-08 12 20 .375 -- -- --
2006-07 23 9 .719 1st NIT 2nd round 37
2005-06 15 16 .484 -- CAA 1st round --
2004-05 17 12 -- -- NIT 1st round --

In 2009, Drexel women's basketball team ended Old Dominion University's NCAA record 17 year reign as CAA champion with a 62-41 victory in the conference semifinals. Then behind CAA player of the year Gabriela Marginean, Drexel captured its first-ever CAA Basketball championship with a 64-58 victory against James Madison University. This represented the Dragon's first CAA tournament title in any sport since joining the conference in 2001-02 and it represented the first NCAA tournament berth for Drexel women's basketball since starting up the sport in 1982. The win also marked the team's 16th straight since starting off the season with an 8 and 8 record. The Lady Dragons received a number twelve seeding in the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament

Field Hockey

In Women's field hockey, the 2009 season ended with a number of program firsts. The team won the CAA regular season title, earned its first NCAA Tournament berth and picked up its first NCAA Tournament victory. The team's 19 victories broke their 2008 record of 16 wins. The Dragon's defeated No. 5 University of Connecticut, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA field hockey championship. They reached the 'round of eight' before losing to No. 1 ranked and undefeated University of Maryland. Drexel was ranked as high as 14th in the nation in Division I in 2008, before losing in the CAA semi-finals to Old Dominion.

Lacrosse

In 2007, men's lacrosse defeated University of Virginia, ranked number one at the time and the defending national champion. This was the first victory over a number one ranked Division I team in Drexel sports history.[4] Men's lacrosse completed 2008 ranked 15th in the final USILA Coaches' Poll for Division I, reaching the CAA finals before losing 10-9 in overtime to Hofstra and coming close for the second year in a row to gain the automatic NCAA tournament berth.[5] The Dragons had reached as high as 10th in the national rankings earlier in the season.[6] Drexel's 1998 lacrosse squad finished the year with a then school record of twelve wins against two defeats. The season included a 14 to 10 defeat of a top 20 team, Towson State, eleven straight wins to start the season and a number 19 ranking. The win total has since been eclipsed by the 2008 lacrosse team with 13 wins. Drexel has had 34 lacrosse All-Americans since starting up the sport in the 1940s.[7] Though they haven't appeared in the current version of the NCAA Division I tournament, Drexel's lacrosse team did get an invitation to the 1973 NCAA 'small college' tournament, which was a year end tournament format for non-Division I schools.

Annual Record Men's Lacrosse

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank
2009 7 8 .467 3rd CAA Semifinals --
2008 13 4 .764 T-1st CAA Finals 15
2007 11 5 .688 T-1st CAA Semifinals 17
2006 5 9 .357 T-4th -- --
2005 9 5 .643 5th -- --

Rowing

Drexel has also had success participating in the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest regular intercollegiate rowing event in the USA, held on the Schuylkill River. Their rowing teams have won gold medals in the 1997 Men's Frosh/Novice and Men's JV Eight, silver in the 2000 Men's JV Eight, as well as bronze in the 2005 Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight. The 2005 Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight participated in the Women's Henley Regatta competing for the Jeffries Cup. However they were eliminated in the first round of duals by Neptune Rowing Club of Ireland.

Rugby

In 2009, the Drexel women's rugby team won the National Women's Collegiate Division IV championship sponsored by the National Small College Rugby Organization.[8]

Shotokan Karate

From 1988 through 2004, Drexel won eleven National Collegiate Karate Association team kata and kumite championships.[9]

Soccer

Drexel has one majorNational Championship to its credit. In 1958 with a 12-0-0 record, the men's soccer team was awarded the national title by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association of America, then the governing body of men’s college soccer.[10] This occurred the year before the NCAA instituted a playoff system and so Drexel's championship is not officially recognized today by the NCAA. The 1963 men’s soccer team at 10-3-1 and the 1972 team at 9-5-0, subsequently earned NCAA tournament berths. Men's soccer has a Division I Record of 448-356-78 in 60 seasons and last won the CAA title in 2007 (finishing at 11-5-3 in a tie for first with Old Dominion).

Squash

Squash is an emerging sport at Drexel University, founded in 2005 by Evan Cyrkin and Justin Burkholder. The Drexel Squash Club has fostered a strong team competing in the intercollegiate circuit [1] as well as the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association [2], finishing 35th at the Men's National Intercollegiate Championships [3] held at Harvard University in 2007. The Drexel Squash Club also has strong ties with Squash Smarts [4], a Philadelphia Youth Enrichment Program, which combines the sport of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring of under-served urban youth, in order to develop self-esteem and discipline through academic, athletic and personal achievement. All members of the Drexel Squash Club actively play a part in giving back to society by volunteering for Squash Smarts.

Other Sports

  • In Wrestling, Coach Jack Childs is currently ranked seventh among All-Time winningest coaches with an overall record of 457-232-8 which includes his 31 years at Drexel. He coached the school's first NCAA All-American in 2004 when Rob Rebmann placed 7th at the NCAA Tournament.
  • In Women's Lacrosse, Anne Marie Vesco with a 54-30 record in five seasons, has coached the Dragons to three straight 12 and 5 seasons.

Notable athletes

Men's Crew
  • Drexel basketball teams have included both locally and nationally known players such as Michael Anderson and Malik Rose. Rose and Anderson are the only Drexel alumni to play in the NBA. Several other Drexel alumni have been drafted by NBA teams including: Randy Burkert (9th round of 1982 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), Rich Congo (7th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), and Michael Mitchell (9th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers).[11] The Dragons have earned four NCAA Division I basketball tournament berths since moving to Division I in 1973 and four Division II tournament berths, the most notable being the 1996 tournament where Rose led the team to their only NCAA tournament victory, a first round upset of fifth-seeded Memphis.
  • In the sport of rowing, Mark Gerban (who swam for Drexel) was the first person in history to represent Palestine at the 2005 World Championships in Gifu, Japan. Competing in the Lightweight Men’s Single, he also had the highest placed World Championship finish (16th) of a Palestinian Athlete in any sport.
  • Drexel lacrosse head coach Chris Bates played professionally for the Philadelphia Wings tallying 29 goals and 49 assists in 73 games, winning NLL championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998 with the club, and making the All-Pro team in 1996. In 2009, Bates was named head lacrosse coach at Princeton University, replacing legendary coach Bill Tierney.[12]
  • In 2008, Kate Hynes became Drexel’s first women’s swimming & diving All-American when she placed 13th on the three-meter board at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. On the one-meter board, Hynes finished 20th at the national championships.
  • Scott Stewart, who played one year of lacrosse at Drexel and graduated in 2001, was the third overall pick in the 2001 NLL draft and had tabulated 117 goals with 127 assists in his career through 2008. Also Jeff Spano, another 2001 graduate, played professionally from 2003 to 2008 with the Philadelphia Wings and the New York Titans, accumulating 28 goals and 78 assists for 106 points in 80 games.
  • Other notable athletes include Lynn B. Ferguson, who was an All-American in both football and lacrosse during his time at Drexel; as well as Dennis Fink who earned the University’s first-ever Division I All-America honor for lacrosse, was the first Drexel player to lead the nation in scoring, and currently remains among the all-time leaders in several NCAA Men's Division I Lacrosse Records categories.

Athletic teams

Men's

Women's

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis

DAC Pack

The DAC Pack

The DAC Pack is the student cheering section for men's and women's basketball games at Drexel University. DAC refers to the Daskalakis Athletic Center, the arena in which the men's and women's home games are played. Founded in 2002, the DAC Pack has grown from 10 people its first year, to a group consistently filling the student section. On game days members of the DAC Pack are noticeable by the distinctive yellow shirts with the phrase "DAC Pack" on the front. The DAC Pack has organized such things as the celebration of the tip off of the basketball season (Midnight Madness), half-time contests, organizing trips to the team's away games. The DAC Pack also can be seen attending the various tournaments throughout the year, specifically the season ending conference tournament.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The fairness factor". U.S. News. March 10, 2002. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/culture/articles/020318/archive_020357_3.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-04.  
  2. ^ 39°57′38″N 75°12′29″W / 39.96057°N 75.20817°W / 39.96057; -75.20817Coordinates: 39°57′38″N 75°12′29″W / 39.96057°N 75.20817°W / 39.96057; -75.20817
  3. ^ "N.C.A.A. TOURNAMENT: WEST". New York Times. March 17, 1996. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9501E7DF1739F934A25750C0A960958260.  
  4. ^ "Drexel basketball ranked 35th in nation". The Triangle. January 12, 2007. http://www.thetriangle.org/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=7bd0215a-8891-4ad0-8add-d7b723e79de4. Retrieved 2007-01-29.  
  5. ^ "Hofstra Tops #11 Drexel in OT to Win CAA Championship". LaxPower. May 4, 2008. http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=10980. Retrieved 2008-08-04.  
  6. ^ "2008 Matrix for USILA Coaches' Poll for Division I". LaxPower. May 5, 2008. http://www.laxpower.com/polls/matrix_poll.php?pollDate=all&pollType=USILA&pollDiv=I.  
  7. ^ LaxPower: All American list
  8. ^ "National Small College Rugby Organization: Brackets & Results". http://www.eteamz.com/NSCRO/handouts/. Retrieved 2009-08-29.  
  9. ^ "Current and Past Journals of the National Collegiate Karate Association". http://www.iskf-alaska.net/ncka.asp. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  10. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1958". USA Soccer Archives. http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/year/1958.html.  
  11. ^ "Players Drafted From Drexel University". Basketball-Reference.com. http://www.basketball-reference.com/friv/draft.cgi?college=drexel.  
  12. ^ "Chris Bates Named Head Lacrosse Coach at Princeton". Laxpower.com. 2009-06-29. http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=15751.  
  13. ^ "Pack Mentality". The Mid-Majority. February 2, 2005. http://season1.midmajority.com/archives/2005/02/pack_mentality.php. Retrieved 2007-09-04.  

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