Big Upset in Women’s DI

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

The #1 Maryland Lady Terps (8-1) were knocked from the ranks of the undefeated with a surprise upset from the #15 James Madison Lady Dukes (6-4), 13-8.

JMU went into the Maryland Lacrosse Complex having not beating the Terps since 2003.

That would soon change.

To the Action

At 12:54, Lizzy Fox (1g) put the Dukes in front, 1-0 on her 6th of the season

Tai Jankowski (1a) set it up.

The goal jump started a back and forth with the Terps getting goals from, Libby May (3g,1a) followed by Shaylan Ahearn (1g) with an assist to May.

JMU went on a mini run when Isabella Peterson (5g, 1a), and Kacey Knoblach (2g,1a) hit net at 7:46 and 5:34.

Hannah Leubecker (2g) potted her 29th to close the curtain on the opening quarter with the Dukes up, 4-3.

We Move On

A relatively quiet second quarter only witnessed four goals

Leubecker started things at 9:43 matched by Peterson1:02 later.

Libby May and Peterson at 4:14 ended the 6-6 half.

To the Third

JMU took over with a four goal run. Coupled with the Peterson goal in the second, it amounted to five.

Katelyn Morgan (1g), Katie Checkosky at 10:44 and 5:33 with Peterson topping off the run.

With :17 to play, May (23rd) got the score to 10-7 in favor of the Dukes at the end of three.

Can Maryland Come Back?

Taylor Marchetti (1a) worked a nice pass to Peterson to expand the lead, to 11-7.

Aurora Cordingley (1g, 1a) worked her way to the Dukes net to make it a three goal deficit with10:12 remaining.

Ava Frantz (2g) and with:58 to play, Maggie Clark supplied the 13-8 upset.


• For James Madison, Molly Dougherty had 10 saves while Emily Sterling (50:34) 8 stops and Maddie McSally (9:26) 0 saves, split the duties for Maryland.

• Shots had the Dukes with 25 and the Terps 23. Shots on Goal were 21-18 the JMU way

• Ground Balls were even at 15-15.

Marylanfd Women Upset, 13-8

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.