Philadelphia - Drexel senior lacrosse player Frank Tufano (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) has been named a Preseason Third Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse. Tufano, a defenseman, was one of three Drexel players named to the Preseason All-American Team. Mark Manos (West Chester, Pa./Salesianum) and Robert Church (Coquitlam, B.C./Charles Best) were named Honorable Mentions.
Tufano was a First Team All-CAA selection the last two seasons. He was selected as a defenseman last year after moving from long pole. Tufano led the team in caused turnovers for the last two years and led the club with 48 ground balls in 2011.
Manos, a senior, was named an Honorable Mention All-America a year ago, marking the second straight year the goalie was named to the team. In 2010, when he was the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year, Manos was a Third Team selection. He has a chance to be the first Drexel player to ever be named to three All-American teams in his career.
Church, a junior, scored 27 goals and had 22 assists in 2011. He was second in the CAA in both points and goals and finished 11th in the nation in points per game (3.5). Church had the highest single-game point total of anyone in the nation last season when he tallied 10 points in Drexel's final game of the season against St. John's.
The Dragons were picked 17th in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook rankings.