Some local SoCal ballers got in on the action in the college games this past weekend.
In a big CAA rivalry game, Drexel defeated Towson as the most physical conference in D1 began league play on Saturday. Drexel has only been on the field for two weeks but Coach Volker had them ready. Brennan Greenwald (CDM ’17) started at close defense after being moved from LSM. The redshirt junior put on 10 pounds in the off season and was a big factor in the 12-10 victory with three ground balls and a couple CTOs as well as solid 1 vs 1 play in his match up. La Costa Canyon alums Jake McLean and Andrew Beacham saw action for Towson but did not record any stats.
I caught up with Drexel’s head coach Sunday and he was pleased with Greenwald’s play. “Our defense played very well and only gave up one goal in the 4th quarter. Brennan was having a great year last season before the shut down. He’s continued to be a leader for us. He’s a great communicator who really understands our defense,” stated the head coach. Drexel will face 4-1 Delaware next week in another conference battle.
Freshman Aiden Goltz (pictured above) had four goals for Bryant in the 20-8 win over Merrimack on Saturday. He now has six points (5g, 1a) on the season. The Newport Harbor (’20) grad seems to be adjusting well to the college game for 3-1 Bryant. He was an outstanding football player at Harbor and his physical nature will serve him well at the D1 level. Goltz who did not commit to Bryant until November of his senior year, was a great late addition to Bryant’s 2020 class. Coach Mike Pressler has got to be happy he scooped this youngster. Up next for Bryant is conference rival Mount St Mary’s.
Kevin Groeninger (St. Margaret’s ’18) is also off to a hot start for Bryant with 3 goals, two assists and 5 groundballs in three games played.
Eric Rubak (Santa Margarita ”16) is having a big senior year at LSM for Bellarmine. He played very well again this week in a tough 12-6 loss to Notre Dame. Rubak can ball. He has done it all this year and throughout his career for the Knights, racking up goals, assists, groundballs, caused turnovers, and even faceoff wins.
I caught up with Bellarmine defensive coordinator Nick Marks and he’s with impressed the season Rubak is having.
“Eric is having a great year statistically and brings it week in and week out, he’s been very good for our program,” stated the coach. The new coaching staff at Bellarmine is off to a very good start on the recruiting trail. Rumor is they’ve landed some very good attackmen recently north of the border. New staff had a bit of a mess to clean up but sounds like they’ll have talent in the coming years.
Peter Hagan (Mater Dei), a freshman for Utah had a goal Sat in an 8-3 loss to surging Jacksonville. The Utes with mostly sophomores and freshmen on the roster are off to a 1-4 start. They should get it going this week as they face D2 Westminster Saturday. Westminster is 2-0 for Coach Kerwin and had a nice 0n goal win over Alabama Huntsville Sat.
Foothill’s Joey Garcia 2021 goalie will head to Utah next year, he is very talented and should have a major impact on OC lacrosse this spring.