Battle of Heavyweights in DII Men’s Lacrosse

In a something had to give game, two winning streaks were on the line.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

In DII action in Garden City, NY, #5 Mercy University Mavericks (10-1) took on the the Adelphi Panthers (10-1) and holding the #4 ranking.

Adelphi was on a ten game streak with Mercy on a six game run

A 7 goal run with a shut out second quarter sent the Gordon Purdie Coached Adelphi Panthers to a 10-6 defeat

How it Happened…

A low scoring opening quarter saw the Panthers draw first blood with 9:55 to play when Kyle Steinbach (3g,1a) lit the lamp for his 22nd.

They would not hit net for 26:04 while Mercy chipped away. Sophomore, Andrew Calabria (1g) hit for his 12th.

Brady Kearnan (2a) assisted on the 31st from Dominic Scorcia (1g, 2a) that ended the first stanza with the 2-1 Mercy lead.

Second..

Mercy seized control with a 5-0 second.

Jack Gibbons (2g), Damiano Ferrera (1g) bagged his second of the season at 10:26.

It then became the Matt Eccles (1g,2a) show when he put home a Sean Makar feed then assisted on markers from Makar (1g,1a) with :40 remaining and another with :12 from TJ Heyder (3g,1a) that ended the lopsided first half, 7-1.

Will They Score?

Adelphi did, in fact score. Their second goal in 31:09 furnished from Angelo Caiazzo (1g) with 1:09 played, cut it to a five goal difference at 7-2.

Heyder answered with his 12th off a Scorcia feed just :39 later to get the lead back to six.

Steinbach and Gibbons exchanged goals to end the third, 9-3.

Time Running Out..

Heyder notched his 18th with the Panthers finally having a rally with Steinbach, and Eamon Hall (1g) on the man advantage and closing the book on goals, Joseph Duchnowski (1g.) Making it 10-6.

Things:

• Shots favored Mercy, 37-29 as well as Shots on Goal, 22-15.

• Turnovers had Adelphi with 21 and Mercy turning it over 19 times

• Ground Balls found Mercy with a 35-29 edge while Face-offs were 10-10.

• Extra Man had Mercy 0-1 while the Panthers actually went 2 for 5.

• Tommy Umano turned aside 9 Panthers shots while Dylan Renner had 12 saves for Adelphi.

• The contest marks the first home loss for Adelphi since May 4, 2019 against LeMoyne.

Heavyweight Battle in DII

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.

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