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Perkasie’s Krug digs in for DeSales

DAVID CAMPBELL



Perkasie’s Frank Krug, only a freshman, led all of Division III in caused turnovers with 63 for an average of 4.20 per game this past spring for DeSales. Krug, a walk-on from La Salle College High School, was also feted his conference’s Rookie of the Year.

Frank Krug wasn’t a highly sought-after recruit coming out of La Salle College High School in Glenside.

“I was never recruited by anybody,” the Perkasie resident admitted. “I guess I was under the radar. I don’t know.”

Krug walked on to the DeSales University men’s lacrosse team.

“I had a meeting with coach B (head coach Matthew Brancaccio) and I decided I wanted to play,” Krug said, “and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

For Krug and the Bulldogs.

This past season – Krug’s first for DeSales – the Bulldogs went 7-8 overall and 4-3 in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom. For his efforts, Krug was tapped the MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year. He’s the third Bulldog and second in three years to receive the honor.

“It was a pretty big accomplishment, in my mind,” Krug said. “I definitely set goals for myself at the beginning of the year to try to be the best I could be.”

Krug was huge for the DeSales defense. The long stick middie led all of Division III in caused turnovers with 63 for an average of 4.20 per game. McDaniel’s Will Kroppe – a senior – was second with 59 and 3.69.

“It’s what helps you win games,” said Krug, who added a team-leading 76 groundballs. “For example, this year our strength was easily our defense. The first thing that comes to mind is when we played Gwynedd Mercy. We won the game, 3-2. To hold a college team to two goals is absolutely unreal.

“The whole year our backbone was our defense,” Krug added, “and I expect that to [continue] for the rest of the time I’m at DeSales, honestly.”

Against the Griffins, Krug tied his season high with seven caused turnovers. He also had six groundballs; Krug scooped up a season-high 10 groundballs in the Bulldogs’ 6-5 victory over Delaware Valley on April 22.

“People do really underrate defense,” Krug said.

Offensively, Krug had an assist in DeSales’ 14-5 triumph over FDU-Florham on April 4. Krug played in all 15 games for the Bulldogs, starting eight.

“Frank is a difference-maker on the field,” Brancaccio said. “He has a motor that doesn’t stop. He neutralizes the other team’s best player every game, quite a large task for a first-year collegiate player.

“It is a pleasure to coach a kid and have a student-athlete with that ability on your team who can not only neutralize an opponent’s top offensive option but also take the ball away from him,” Brancaccio continued. “All that being said, the most enjoyable thing about Frank is he doesn’t care about stats. He only cares about doing what is best for the team to win a game. Kids like that are rare in today’s world.”

Krug gave a lot of credit to graduate assistant Matt Maccario, in addition to Brancaccio, for speeding up his development. Maccario, like Krug, harps on defense. Maccario is Wheeling Jesuit’s all-time leader in caused turnovers.

“[Brancaccio] gave me the reins a little bit,” Krug said. “Our defense was pretty young. We had a couple seniors, but everybody contributed, everybody had a say.”

Krug was chosen for the all-MAC Freedom second team, one of seven Bulldogs recognized as an all-conference player.

That list includes sophomore goalie Matt Barry, a second-teamer.

Krug called Barry “probably the biggest leader on our team last year.” Barry has already been named the captain for the 2018 season.

DeSales is scheduled to lose seven seniors. Krug was one of 10 freshmen.

“I think the No. 1 goal [next year] is to win the conference championship,” Krug said. “It’s never been done before.”

Krug comes from a high school program oozing with talent. However, at a stacked program like La Salle, Krug found earning a spot on varsity difficult.

“At La Salle,” he said, “it wasn’t an easy road for me.”

Explorers junior varsity head coach Patrick Lacon guided Krug for three years. Krug played varsity his senior season only.

“He’s been a mentor my whole life,” Krug said of Lacon. “I credit a lot of my success to him, especially now at DeSales.

He kind of kept me in the sport and he’s just been a real life coach.

“For me,” Krug continued, “I always play like I’m at the bottom or prepare like I’m at the bottom. There are people in front of me who I need to catch up to but, at the same time, know that there’s someone behind me who wants my spot and I have to just work that much harder.”

The same applies in the classroom where Krug is eagerly pursuing a pre-med major. He’s willing, he said, to put in the time.

“Right now,” Krug said, “I’m working at Lehigh Valley Hospital. I really want to make a difference in the world in any way I can.”

He’s already made a difference on Brancaccio’s lacrosse team.

dcampbell@buckscountyherald.com

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