Senior Spotlight: Bri DeLeo and Brendan Krebbs Lead Their Respective Programs into a Unique Spring Season

Interviews compiled by Jocelyn Visnov, Zoe DeFazio and Pete Janny.

In light of a tumultuous academic and athletic year, The Quadrangle is continuing to highlight the accomplishments of our student athletes, as a way to honor our seniors. This week we spoke to Bri DeLeo of women’s soccer and Brendan Krebs of men’s lacrosse.

After a year-long hiatus, both teams will be returning to action in the next coming weeks. The last time either of the Manhattan soccer teams took the field was back in the Fall of 2019, while the lacrosse season was cancelled last March.

Although the pandemic has dramatically affected their respective sports, DeLeo and Krebs are focusing on finishing their collegiate athletic careers strong

Both teams have home games coming up. Women’s soccer will play Canisius in Gaelic Park on March 16 at 1 p.m. While men’s lacrosse will play Detroit Mercy on March 20 at 7 p.m.

Bri DeLeo, Senior, Women’s Soccer


Bri DeLeo is a senior midfielder for the Manhattan women’s soccer team. GOJASPERS / COURTESY

How weird will it feel going out there to compete with your teammates for the first time since Fall 2019?

When the time finally comes where we get to be out there with each other again, I expect it’s going to feel like a very heavy weight has been lifted off our shoulders. I anticipate for a moment it won’t feel real, but just having the opportunity to competitively play the sport we love again will be liberating in itself.

Back in the fall, how optimistic were you that the season would eventually be played in the spring?

Back in the fall, I wasn’t fully convinced that we were actually playing in the Spring and knew that if we were, it wasn’t going to be anywhere near what we deem as a normal season. So, I wouldn’t say I was optimistic, I was more skeptical of the status of our careers being in the hands of people that may or may not actually try to fight for us.

What have you done to stay in shape during the long layoff?

During the long layoff period, I tried to stay in shape with our strength and conditioning coaches programs. He kept me in line and pushed me to stay motivated for whatever season we were going to end up getting.

What has been the hardest part about being a student-athlete during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The hardest part of being a student-athlete during the pandemic has been never really knowing what’s going to happen and where your season is going to land. For almost a year, our careers have been in the hands of committees and conferences that have tried to help get teams up and running, but have never, and will never truly understand the disappointment that student-athletes have felt. At times, that frustration has been overwhelming.

Despite all the one-goal losses last couple of seasons, what will be the key to getting the team back to the MAAC Championship game for the first time since 2017?

The most important thing for us right now is to take every practice and every game day by day. We all have seen how quickly plans can change, so taking every opportunity to get better, practicing as hard as we play and staying healthy is all we can do when game time comes around. If we do those things, then we have a good chance of being where we know we can be in the end.

Brenden Krebs, Senior, Men’s Lacrosse


Brendan Krebs is a senior goalkeeper for the Manhattan men’s lacrosse team. GOJASPERS / COURTESY

How weird will it feel going out there to compete with your teammates for the first time since Fall 2019?

I’d say it’s more of a feeling of anticipation. We’ve been waiting almost a full year to get back on the field and compete against another team.

Back in the fall, how optimistic were you that the season would eventually be played in the spring?

We were very optimistic in the fall. Last semester, we were willing to make many sacrifices and control what we could to ensure we would have a season.

What have you done to stay in shape during the long layoff?

I tried to do the most I could to stay in shape by working out at home, jumping rope, and running. I also made sure to get my stick in my hands as much as possible. I would play wall ball or get shot on by some of my fellow teammates (socially distanced) that live close to me at home.

What has been the hardest part about being a student-athlete during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The hardest part of being a student-athlete during COVID-19 has been not being able to be with teammates as much as we usually would be. Not being able to be with teammates before and after practice in the locker room, or going to get food together has been difficult.

How much does it mean to be named First Team All-MAAC at the goalkeeper position? What do you think the team will need to do to make good on and maybe even surpass the fifth-place prediction in the annual coaches poll?

It’s nice to receive the award of First Team All-MAAC but I have to give all the credit to the defense in front of me. Without them giving me the shots I want to see, I would not be a First Team All-MAAC goalie. We need to focus on one game at a time and play for each other. If we work hard this season and do those things we can surpass much more than fifth place and compete for a MAAC championship.