Comeback Falls Short, Yale Holds on, 12–10

What turned out to be the upset week in NCAA DI Men’s Lacrosse, Top Ranked Penn State (3–1)got bested by third-ranked, Yale (2-0) at Panzer Stadium on the campus of Penn State.

Following the trend that witnessed number four, Maryland defeated by Villanova, and number 2 Virginia upset by Princeton, Yale stakes their claim for the top spot.

TD Ierlan set the pace for Yale by winning his first eight faceoffs that helped the Bulldogs score 6 of the first 7 goals of the game to seize a 6-3 lead after the first quarter.

Jackson Morrill (1g,2a) got Yale on the board with an unassisted marker after just :28.

Mac OKeefe was held to only two goals but caused a turnover and converted it to get Penn State even three minutes later.

The Bulldogs took exception to the goal and snarled back with a tally from Chris’s Bragg (1g) that ended the first, 2-1.

Yale added a four-goal flurry thanks to Chris Fake (1g), Matt Brandau (2g), Matt Gaudet (2g) and Christian Cropp (2g) before O’Keefe calmed the waters with Jack Kelly (2g) the following suit to close the half with Yale up, 6-3.

Gaudet banged a man-up goal before Penn State took their turn with a run.

Grant Ament (1g, 5)took over with a goal and two assists started when he set up Dylan Foulds (1g) and TJ Malone (2g) before scoring one of his own to make it 7-6.

Logan Soelberg (1g,1a) ended the third with the home squad staring at an 8-6 deficit.

Ament hit Jack Traynor to cut it to 8-7 but Sean Kuttin (1g) and Cropp had an answer.

Once again, Ament was busy and this time fed Kevin Hill (1g) to bring the Lions within two at 10-8.

Lucas Cotler (1g) and Brandau seemingly put it out of reach but, the Lions were not going away.

Malone at 1:36 and Ament feeding Jack Kelly with just :37 gave PSU a glimmer of hope… no matter how small.

Brody Wilson stood tall in the Bulldogs net and Yale was able to wind it out.

Dis and Dat: Ament became the Big 10 All-Time Scoring leader with his 270 points. He shattered the old record of 267 set by Terry Riordan of Johns Hopkins (1992-95).

Shots on Goal revealed Penn State with a slight edge, 47-42.

Loose balls went in Yale’s favor, 42-29.

TD Ierlan took the face-off battle, 16 of 26. Despite his slow start, Gerald Arceri was able to wrest 8 of 15 in the second half.

Colby Kneese stopped 16 of 28 shots he faced in the Lions net.

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.