Corona del Mar senior defenseman Brennan Greenwald has committed to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  The Drexel Dragons play in the Colonial Athletic Association against Towson, Fairfield, Hofstra, UMass and Delaware.

Greenwald has been on the CdM varsity since his freshman year and helped lead the Sea Kings to the 2016 Orange County championship.  He earned a spot on the Under Armour West team this summer and attended Champ Camp with his high school club team, the Kings LC.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to study and play lacrosse at Drexel,” Greenwald said by email. “I love the downtown Philadelphia location and I am pleased that I can pursue both a Finance and Sports Management degree. It will be fun to play in the competitive Colonial Athletic Association against some tough teams. I also respect and appreciate that Coach Voelker made the trip west to see me play at the Under Armour tryouts and at the UA games in Baltimore. His experience on and off the field is unmatched and I look forward to learning from him.”

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“Brennan is such a humble, hard working player”, CdM coach G.W. Mix said by email. “Playing Division I college lacrosse has been a goal of his for quite a while and we are all extremely proud of him. He is a very intelligent, patient, team-oriented defenseman and has a great opportunity in Coach Voelker’s system to play a significant role in Drexel’s defensive schemes during his four years in Philadelphia. We are grateful for the contribution he has made to our CDM program and look forward to having his quiet leadership guide us for one more season.”

Devin Arkison who has coached Greenwald since he first picked up a long pole also thinks that Greenwald will fit in well at Drexel.  “Brennan is one of the smartest players I’ve ever worked with. He only picked up a long stick as an 8th grader and made a very good Varsity team as a Freshman. He picks things up the first time they are taught. You teach it one day and he gets it right away and never looks back.   His fundamentals are superior. He’s extremely disciplined on the field and always makes the right play. His stick is outstanding. His handle is as good if not better that most Attackman and he shoots it lights out. If his hands are free it’s going in. He also works on his footwork and rarely get beat. Intangibles, he’s tougher than a $2 steak and practices at full speed every day. Brennan truly loves to play the game. You could wake him up at 3am and he’d be ready to play. Born ready as the expression goes. I expect him to be a very good college player. Drexel got an outstanding kid for their program.”

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When asked if he would like to thank anybody for helping him realize his dream, Greenwald had a long list of coaches and family.  “I would like to thank G.W. Mix for instilling in me the love of the game and I want to thank Devin Arkison for teaching me how to properly play the game. Thank you to all the CDM coaches that have helped me along the way: Andy Chalupa, Tim Cassi, Ralph Lopez, Cameron Cole, Kariff Byrd (my strength coach) and past coaches Bobby Hill, Noah Molnar and Jeremy Sieverts. Also want to thank my UA coach, Jono Zissi, for his support and my personal trainer, Jeremy Pricer, who makes all the difference. Also, thank you to my teammates, past and present, who make playing so much fun. Lastly, thank you to my entire family for always supporting me.”

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