Alex Drexler (New Canaan HS, CT) will be a captain on a Pioneers’ squad which had a solid 12-5 season in 2010, but was disappointed by a quick exit in the NCAA Division I tournament, falling 9-7 to a Stony Brook team they had beaten 13-12 earlier in the year.
A multi-sport athlete while at New Canaan High School, Drexler starred for the Rams’ football and lacrosse teams, and as a defensive end and wide receiver with the football team, left a strong impression on head coach Lou Marinelli.
“He was a standout,” Marinelli said. “When you’re on the other side and you have to face him, it creates a lot of problems. He’s a big physical kid, tough as nails and very, very athletic. He’s a kid that, if he wanted to do, he could have played football in college. He’s that good and he’s that tough.”
Drexler’s efforts on the gridiron caught the eye of opposing coaches, who voted Drexler to the All-State First Team as a wide receiver. As a junior, he had been both All-FCIAC First Team and All-State Second Team at defensive end.
In the spring, Drexler finished off his NCHS career by earning a spot on the All-FCIAC First Team in lacrosse.
Drexler then turned his attention westward for the fall of 2007 as he headed to the University of Denver. It’s a path less traveled by former Rams, who tend to go to the New England schools or at least the Eastern half of the United States for college.
“Coming from New Canaan, no one really does that,” Drexler said. “Everyone kind of sticks to the smaller, East Coast schools. But I love skiing and that was a big draw. I visited there in June going into my senior year and I fell in love with the city — the weather and everything about it.”