ILIndoor Top 50: Drew Westervelt #37

Drew Westervelt takes his scoring ability from Philadelphia to Colorado for the 2014 NLL season. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Drew Westervelt takes his scoring ability from Philadelphia to Colorado for the 2014 NLL season. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

If there’s anything Drew Westervelt has been during his 6 National Lacrosse League seasons, it’s consistent. Four of his last 6 seasons with the Philadelphia Wings have seen him score 30 or more goals, a trait that’s cemented him as a go-to guy for the Wings. And even though an off-season trade to Colorado means Westervelt will no longer ply his trade from the right side for the Wings, he’ll still have plenty of opportunities to put up the numbers we’re accustomed to seeing from him as he fills a big need on that side of the floor for the Mammoth. So how does he do it? Being 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds helps, and it’s his combination of size and athleticism that puts him on ILIndoor’s Top 50 list for 2013.

When you’re 6-5 and 240, there are a lot of things you can do. Especially when you have the dexterity and the drive that belong to Westervelt. From the moment the ball’s in his stick, he commands attention because he can use his frame to create for himself, or use his skill to draw and dump.

But his specialty is finishing, indoors or outdoors. He’s averaged nearly 2 goals a game for his NLL career and the 36 goals he scored for Chesapeake of Major League Lacrosse this past summer is a career-best. That, of course, was bolstered by the 8-goal game he had against the Lizards on June 6.

Some guys score goals, some set them up and others stop them. It’s clear that Westervelt is one of those guys who scores goals and there are few who score them as consistently as he does.

ILIndoor’s take

“At 6′5” and about 240 pounds, Westervelt is a load to try to stop. He’s also highly athletic, as his variety of creative crease dives and flashy plays have shown. The combination has made him one of the most consistent goal-scoring threats in the league; he’s put up between 27 and 36 goals in each of his five NLL seasons.” – Stephen Stamp

“American-bred Drew Westervelt has been a steady point-getter in Philadelphia since 2009 averaging 2 goals a game and 60 points per year. While Westervelt’s play often leaves you wanting more, he hasn’t been without his wow moments where he does special things creatively or by using his massive 6′5″ frame. Like many offensive USA players, he specializes in getting his own shot and he is a deadly shooter when hot. This guy could be a 50-goal guy if he found an offense that revolves around him but that looks doubtful in Denver and so it will be interesting to see what 2014 has in store.” – Marty O’Neill

“Watching Westervelt, you half expect him to bull his way to every goal he scores. He can do that, but he’s also got enough finesse and athleticism to score the silky goal. And that’s what makes watching his game so cool. You know he’s going to score, it’s how he scores that makes it an adventure.” – Bob Chavez

Top 50

No. 50: Aaron Bold
No. 49: Brad Self
No. 48: Jesse Gamble
No. 47: Rory Smith
No. 46: Kiel Matisz
No. 45: Lewis Ratcliff
No. 44: Johnny Powless
No. 43: Tyler Hass
No. 42: Sid Smith
No. 41: Brett Mydske
No. 40: Stephan Leblanc
No. 39: Kevin Ross
No. 38: Jeff Moleski

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