Dragons Breathe Fire on Lafayette

The Dragons breathe fire on Lafayette, 24-8. The Lafayette Leopards (0-4) visited Vidas Field in West Philadelphia to take on the Drexel Dragons (2-2) on a rainy late afternoon on Wednesday. If we agree that lacrosse is a “game of runs” this one would be the poster child for that sentiment. The Dragons put together runs of, 5, 7, 5 and 3 that more than offset the two Leopards runs of 2 twice.

Lafayette jumped out early with John Mathes (2g) and Kalman Kraham (1g,1a) doing the honors. Cue the Drexel run. Sean Donnelly (3g 2a), Aidan Coll (4g,2a), Ryan Genord (4g,2a), Sean Curcio (1g), and Collin Mailman (2g) delivering the 5-2 Drexel advantage. Peter Lehman (2g,1a) ended the uprising. It took eighteen seconds for Genord to push it to 6-3 to end the first.


The Dragons were snarling and unfurled run number 2. The bandleaders this time being Coll just :22 in, Jack Mulcahy (2g,3a), Mulcahy and Coll again, Donnelly setting up Zach Augustine (1g,1a) on the advantage, and Casey Waller (2g,1a) before Mathes calmed the waters. With one tick on the clock, Coll registered a man-down tally to close the curtain on the 14-4 Drexel lead.

Macklin Fitzpatrick (1g) gave the Leopards a slight glimmer of hope that was snuffed out by, I bet you can figure it out, another 5 goal Drexel outburst. Mailman, sandwiched by a Genord pair, Luke Hurley (1g). Only :34 later, George Grippo (3a) getting the helper on a Donnelly goal.

No further damage was done for 8 minutes but, Cole Dutton (1g,1a) and Peter Lehman countered to take us to the final stanza and run the clock time, 19-7 Drexel. Guess again. Carter Begley (1g), Waller and Henri Pfeifle (1g) never got the memo. Ryan Duncan (1g) closed the Lafayette scoring. Drexel wasn’t finished and Kyle Worsley (1g) and Lucas Snider (1g) put an end to this one.

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Drexel Coach Brian Voelker made good use of his roster. He was the recipient of 16 different players making the score sheet and 13 different goal scorers. Aidan Coll achieved a career-high with his six-point game. George Grippo also had a career-high with his three helpers. Shots were 49-34 for Drexel with one Goal being 32-16. What may be the most telling stat was turnovers with Drexel having 19 to 27 for Lafayette. Drexel also came away with more ground balls. 39-26.

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Oddly, The Leopards won the face off battle, 18-17. James Turco led Lafayette and went, 14 of 23. Jimmeh Koita for Drexel played his usual strong game with a 15 for 26 games and scooping 13 ground balls. In all, five goaltenders saw action with Ross Blumenthal seeing 45:00 and making 3 saves while allowing 7 goals in the Drexel nets.

Kyle Munson allowed 1 goal and stopped 4 chances in his 11:19 and Paul Macrina made 1 save in his 3:41. For Lafayette, Ryan Ness went 30:00 allowing 14 goals with 4 saves and Will Moran also played 30:00 with 10 goals and also making 4 saves. The Dragons breathe fire on Lafayette, 24-8.

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.