For the Dragons, three starters return from last season's CAA runner-up squad. Preseason first-team selection Sarah Curran (15.2 ppg), Jessica Pellechio (9.0 ppg), and Meghan Creighton (6.8 ppg, 5.6 apg) all return for Drexel. Graduating seniors Rachel Pearson and Jackie Schluth have left big shoes to fill. The Dragons will turn to a number of players to help fill the void, including juniors Kelsi Lidge, Sara Woods, and freshman Bailey Greenberg.
It will be interesting to see how Coach Dillon allots minutes to her undergraduate players, as there are more than in years past. Joining Greenberg on campus this year are redshirt freshman Aubree Brown, Nicole Metzel, Mariah Leonard, and Romanian Ana Ferariu. Fellow European players Eline Maesschalck and Tereza Kracikova join Megan Marecic as the remaining underclassmen.
The Dragons have an impressive out of conference schedule to kick off the season. They'll host Delaware State at the DAC on Sunday afternoon (skip the Eagles game, you already know Doug is going to keep calling those read options), Vanderbilt on the road, and reigning national runner-up Syracuse at the DAC (oh yeah) all within the next few weeks.
Zach Spiker has big (and expensive) shoes to fill as well. Taking over for Bruiser Flint, the new head coach has a tough task in his first game, travelling to take on a Monmouth team that is coming off of a 28-9 record and a regular season title in the MAAC. He will have a slew of new players to work with, as a lot of roster turnover took place this offseason. The good news is that Rodney Williams is back for his senior season. There are few players in the CAA as gifted on both ends of the floor as the Richmond native. If the Dragons can get him the ball, and keep defenses honest, there's no reason to believe he couldn't be an all-league first team player. Williams gives Drexel its top offensive post player since Samme Givens and its best all-around forward in a long time.
In the backcourt, Terrell Allen, slotted to be the top returning guard, transferred to South Florida after Flint's departure. Major Canady, who can't catch a break with his health, will likely miss at least an extended period of time with another leg injury. Canady has already missed two full seasons. That means the ball handling duties are the responsibility of two freshmen. Kurk Lee, a small and quick guard will start, with Icelander (you read that right) Kari Johnsson relieving him.
Transfer Miles Overton will play in a regular season game for Drexel for the first time on Friday. The 6'4" junior put up a ton of shots in the team's exhibition lost, but made very few of them. Overton seems poised to be the team's leading scorer in the backcourt, but they'll need him to shoot at a much higher percentage than he did against Keiser. Sammy Mojica has returned to the Dragons. Mojica's spot-up three point shooting is a must to keep defenders honest in the post. Drexel needs a better defensive output from the junior than they got a season ago.
Rounding out the notable returning players are senior Mohamed Bah, junior Tyshawn Myles and junior Austin Williams. Drexel will open play at the DAC on November 18th against Hartford.