Hopkins' Drenan will miss lacrosse season with torn ACL

SPORTS DIGEST

February 14, 2007|By Gary Lambrecht

Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala confirmed yesterday that sophomore defenseman Matt Drenan, who started all 14 games for the Blue Jays last year, will miss the 2007 season because of a left knee injury he suffered during a recent practice.

Pietramala said Drenan, 6 feet 2, 220 pounds, had surgery late last week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He said Drenan will request a medical redshirt and play for three more years at Homewood.

"You never want to lose a kid like Matt. He's a talented kid and a great athlete," Pietramala said. "We lose a guy with a year's experience who is a good cover guy. The silver lining is we've got him for three more years. We've tried not to make too much of it. The team wants to move on. People step up."

Drenan, a San Diego native who turned 20 yesterday and is the first Hopkins player ever signed out of California, became the first Blue Jays freshman to start the season opener on close defense since Chris Watson in 2002. Drenan finished fifth on the team and first among defensemen with 32 ground balls.

Drenan will be replaced by junior Ben O'Neill, senior Jamison Koesterer or senior Matt Bocklet, a Fairfield transfer. Freshman Sam DeVore also is in the picture.

Senior defenseman Eric Zerrlaut, another returning starter, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered five months ago. He is expected to start the season opener against visiting Albany on Feb. 24.

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