Alex Crognale, Junior, Defense, No. 2
Weight: 195 lbs.
Collegiate stats: One goal, two assists.
High school: Gahanna Lincoln High School (Gahanna, Ohio)
How'd He Get to College Park?
Crognale was a standout on a very successful team at Gahanna Linclon. The team went a combined 40-1-3 in his junior and senior years, and he also won two state titles on the school's baseball team. Crognale was also a member of the Columbus Crew's academy team. Crognale enrolled early at Maryland in spring 2013.
As a freshman in 2013, Crognale started all 12 games in which he played. That year, he went scoreless on 12 shots, but got valuable experience as a starter on a playoff team. As a sophomore, he started 16 games in which he played, scoring one goal and and adding two assists.
Being named Big Ten defensive player of the week last October.
Crognale becomes the anchor of the team's defense while upping his offensive game. He brings home the Big Ten defensive player of the year award.
Crognale should have a leadership role on the team. He and Chris Odoi-Atsem look to be the two leaders on the defensive end, especially with a new goalkeeper in the net. His goal and assist totals should go up, but obviously, his true value lies in his play on the defensive end.
Our final player in the series led the team in goals last season.
ImFromMarylandAndNoOneCanBeatMe joins the party.