Dragons Come So Close

Dragons come so close but lose in heartbreaking fashion in a 10-8 loss. The Drexel Dragons (10-3) faced the challenge of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3). They would come away empty after a thrilling comeback and a historic day from future NLLer, Reid Bowering. Bowering scored four times which not only gave him 30 hat tricks in his Drexel career but also tied him with Jeff Miller for most goals in a Drexel career with 147.


In-Game Action

Drexel netminder,  Ross Blumenthal turned away 15 Irish shots with seven coming in the final quarter. Wheaton Jackoboice (3g) kicked things off with just :52 played and Notre Dame went up, 1-0. Ryan Genord (1g) picked up his 20th with Bowering scoring :50 later to get the upset-minded Dragons in front, 2-1.

Jackoboice hit for his 16th after Morrison Mirer (2g) knotted it with Will Yorke (1g) adding insurance to put Notre Dame in front 4-2 after one. Pat Kavanagh (2g) picked up his 24th  and 25rh pushing it to a 6-2 Irish lead. Bowering cut the lead to 6-3 but Sean Leahey (1g) pushed it back to a four-goal lead with the half closing with the Irish in charge, 7-3.

Within four minutes, Sean Donnelly (1g) and Jack Mulcahy (1g,1a) cut the Irish lead to 7-5. David Lipke (1g) countered but Aidan Coll (1g) and Bowering had a reply to close the third stanza with the Dragons breathing fire, 8-7. With 12:50 to play, Bowering struck again to get it even at 8-8.

Over eleven minutes would elapse before Jackoboice beat Blumenthal to make it a 9-8 Notre Dame lead. With the net empty due to Drexel attempting to force a turnover  Mirer provided the backbreaker in the 10-8 contest.


Liam Entenmann stopped 17 Drexel shots. Stats were fairly even with the Irish firing 47 shots (19 in the final stanza) to Drexel’s  42. Notre Dame and Drexel each had 25 shots on goal. The Irish won the face-off battle, 16-15, and had the edge on ground balls. 37-34. Dragons come so close but lose in heartbreaking fashion.

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.