It's March, and that means it's game time. It's that time of the year where collegiate basketball players show what they have been working for all season. It's the time when fans take the meaning of school pride to another level. For Drexel and its eleven conference-mates, it's time to compete in the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship March 10-13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.
The Drexel men's basketball team concluded its 2010-11 Colonial Athletic Association season March 5 with a 62-60 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament in Richmond, Va. The Dragons (21-10, 11-7 CAA) made it to the second round of the tournament where they ultimately lost to VCU (23-11, 12-6) on a last second, buzzer-beating layup by the Rams' Jamie Skeen.
As the weather continues to get warmer, Drexel's spring sports are starting to come back and start their seasons. The next sport to begin its spring season is men and women's crew, when the two teams kick off against St. Joseph's University, LaSalle University and the University of Delaware this Saturday, March 12, in Camden, N.
The men's lacrosse team is starting to show a pattern: their games all boil down to the fourth quarter. When the Dragons reach the final minutes, they either fall short, as they have against Virginia, Villanova and now Notre Dame, or they make big shots and pull through as they have against Albany and Saint Joseph's.
The women of Drexel Lacrosse triumphed this past Sunday, March 6, as they dominated their match against Bucknell 19-3 at Vidas Field. The team's record stands at 3-1 going into their next home game this Sunday, March 13, against Binghamton University. Eleven of the Dragons scored a goal this weekend, and junior Charlotte Wood was able to tie her career record with six goals in a single game.
Mention the name Mario Mascioli to a student on a wander about Drexel's University City campus, and you would be lucky to get more than a raised eyebrow and a perplexed look. Ask the same student instead who is the most visible and ardent supporter of the Drexel basketball teams and almost immediately they will reply, "Well, Mario the Magnificent of course!" Point out that the two characters are but one and the same, and you will only induce a headache the like of which only rears its head around week 10 of each academic quarter.
Things did not go the way the Drexel wrestlers would have liked as their season came to an end last weekend, March 4-5, at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Lawrenceville, N.J. Head coach Jack Childs left the Drexel program with a sixth place finish overall at the extremely competitive championships.
The Drexel men's golf team kicked off its 2011 spring season with a fourth place showing out of nine teams at the Lonnie Barton Tournament. The teams competed at the beautiful Savannah Quarters Country Club in Savannah, Ga. High Point University took first place with a total score of 597, just three strokes ahead of second place Sacred Heart.
The Drexel softball team (3-7) traveled to Georgia March 4-6 expecting to play six games, bring their record back to the .500 mark, and come back to Philadelphia with a new outlook on the season. But sometimes the fairy tales don't end with "And they lived happily ever after.
The Drexel men and women's diving teams will not be taking breaks like their swimming counterparts as they await the NAA Championships. The diving teams will be participating in the NCAA Diving Zone Championship March 10-12. Two divers will look to make their marks on the NCAA diving scene in the men's Ian Jevnick and the women's Megan Halicek.