Comeback Falls Short in Double OT

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

In Women”s DI action, a riotous comeback fell short with Old Dominion (4-6) riding a 10 point game from Lilly Siskind to get the better of the 4-3 Niagara Purple Eagles.

Let’s Break it Down

The Monarchs came out like royalty with a pair of goals twenty six seconds apart

At 13:51, Siskind (7g, 3a) started her big afternoon with an unassisted marker

Siskind set up Maddie Mullenbach (4g) and ODU was off and running

Lois Garlow (4g,1a) put a temporary stop to the run but, undaunted, ODU rattled off two more.

Corinne Stratton (2g) took advantage of a pretty feed from Siskind followed :58 later with Haley O’Connor (2g, 2a) to push it to 4-1.

Garlow struck again but Sydney Taylor (1g,1a) converted an O’Connor feed to end the first with the Monarchs reigning, 5-2.

Second Quarter

With just :40 played,it was, guess who? Siskind scoring on the advantage.

Lexi Braniecki (4 g) hit net twice. One at 11:20 with the second at 10:28.

A half minute later, Siskind pushed it to 7-4. The run was on.

Mullenbach Claire Porter (1g,3a) and Caroline Shaefer (1g) slammed the door on the first half with Old Dominion holding a six goal lead,10-4.

To the Second Half

It took 1:05 for Siskind to stretch it to 11-4.

Andra Savage (1g, 1a) stopped the rebellion but, twenty three ticks later, it was none other than Siskind with an answer.

Mullenbach hit on the advantage fifty three seconds later and the rout was on.

Niagara was not having any of that and uncorked a furious rally fueled by Garlow, :10 elapsed and Allison McCormick (1g) hit rope.

Eliza Wild (1g), Rachel Crane (3g) on the advantage, followed by two more advantage goals, one from Garlow and the second from Lucy Rugaber (2g) closed the third with Niagara trailing, 13-11.

The six goals were garnered in just 6:16.

Fun Finish Awaits

Jenna Brill (1g) made in seven in a row just :42 into the quarter making it seven goals in 6:58.

Braniecki evened things with the eighth in succession at 13:24.

Haley O’Connor (2g,2a) stopped the uprising making it 14-13.

Mullenbach supplied the go ahead tally with 10:40 to play.

Siskind pushed it to 16-14 before Rachel Crane deposited a short handed goal with 7:57 remaining.

Siskind wasn’t quite finished converting a Porter pass on the advantage to make it, once again, a two goal difference

Crane at 3:36 followed at 2:34 from Lucy Rugaber took it to extra time

Extra Action

Neither club could get a goal in the first Overtime so, off to a sixth stanza

Corinne Stratton ended things at 1:58 to end the epic.

Inside the Game

• Shots were 43-35 for Niagara with On Goal going 34-31 Niagara

• Saves had Niagara with 13 and ODU 17.

• In the Niagara nets, Michelle Messenger went 57:19 allowing 11 goals while stopping 11 shots

Maren Geiger put in 6:45 of game time with 2 saves on 5 shots

• Jenna Peccia went the entire 66:04 for the Monarchs with 17 saves

Comeback Falls Short in Double Overtime

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.