Battle in Women’s DIII

Battle in Women’s DIII.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Endicott Women’s Gulls (8-5, 4-1 Continental Coastal Conference) outlasted the Western New England Golden Bears (9-4, 4-1 CCC) in Women’s DIII action.

First Stanza…

It only took 1:56 for Samantha Vitka (2g,1a) to open the scoring of an Ally Ferraro set up with the Golden Bears finding themselves with a quick 1-0 lead.

Endicott countered with a three goal rally thanks to, Morgan Pike (2g,2a) with goals at 9:44 and again at 9:03 with both unassisted.

Liz Mazza (1g,1a) pushed it to 3-1 a minute two later

The Bears weren’t finished and Madysin Crotta (1g,1) followed twenty five seconds later with Kylie Buchanan (4g) taking it a 4-3 contest.

Katie Schenk (5g) pulled the squads even at the 4:29 mark.

Palerma would close the quarter with Endicott in front, 5-4.


The teams were scoreless for nearly five minutes until, Katy Garvin (1g,1a) got it to a 6-4 contest.

Emmy Burns (1g,2a) answered forty four seconds later to keep it a one goal game.

The goals were coming fast and furious with Gabriella Prisco (1g) raising the stakes back to two goals.

The Bears attempted to seize control with net benders from, Hannah Jarvis (1g,2a), Buchanan and Ally Hill (2g) to seize an 8-7 halftime advantage.

Third Quarter..

Burns set up Buchanan at the 9:08 mark to stretch it to 9-7.

A goal exchange ensued with Schenk putting home a Pike feed for Endicott.Vitka had an answer as did Palermo making it 10-9.

Jarvis hit Hill with a pretty pass that Hill easily buried to end the third with the Golden Bears growling, 11-9.

Fortunes would change when Kiana Napolitano (3g) put home a no look pass from Pike.

Palermo buried a free position shot, Schenk would do the same.

Palermo and Napolitano netting her second,  and the five goal uprising to switch the lead to 14-11 the Endicott direction.

The Bears struck back with Buchanan putting home a Mazza set up.

Napolitano got her hat trick with Palermo putting home a Vitko pass.

Schenk and Palermo put the window dressing on the 16-11 victory.


Lydia Akins improved to 8-5 with 8 saves for Endicott. Faith Graveline had 12 stops in defeat.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.