Drexel With Big Cross City Win

The Drexel Dragons (3-2) Got the Best of Philly rival, St. Joseph’s,18-17.

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Jack Mulcahy posted a nine point game in the Drexel upset.

It was the first nine point game for the Dragons since 2010 when Robert Church pulled it off against St. John’s.

To the Action

Zach Mantei (1g) notched his first of season to give the Hawks a lead with 2:00 played.

Ryan Genord (2g,1a) countered with his 6th 1:33 later to even the score.

The back and forth continued with Mac McLaughlin (3g) for St. Joe’s matched by Max Semple (2g) and things were knotted again.

St. Joe’s flexed their muscles with Tucker Brown (2g,2a) on the man-up,Brown assisting on an Austin Strazzula (3g) tally

McLaughlin hit for his 6th and Matt Bohmer (2g,1a) adding his 8th and 19th to close the first with a 7-2 Hawks lead

To the Second

Semple potted a Mulcahy set up for his 10th.

Mulcahy hit a power play goal with help from Zach Augustine (1a)

Teo Domic (1g) countered to make it 8-4.

Drexel then found another gear thanks to Mulcahy assisting on a Sean Donnelly (3g,3a) man up marker.

Brennan Greenwald (1g) and Luke Stansfield (1g) made it a one goal game at 8-7.

Brown again set up Strazzula with :33 on the clock to end the half at 9-7 the Hawks way.

To the Third

Things opened up offensively with a ten goal stanza.

The power play goals kept coming for Drexel and with just thirteen seconds played, Sean Curcio (1g) converted a pretty feed from Mulcahy.

Two minutes later, things would be tied again with Aidan Coll feeding Donnelly for his 11th on the advantage.

Brown (12) and McLaughlin (7th) put St.Joe’s back in front, 11-9.

Mulcahy pulled it to a one goal affair but, Hawks FOGO, Zach Cole,won the face off clean and scored just six seconds later

William King (3g) made it a 13-10 game.

Mulcahy struck again and it was clear Drexel was not going away easy.

Strazzulla and Donnelly exchanged net benders to end the will third with a 14-12 score.

We Wind it Down

A huge final quarter for Drexel proved to be the difference

Tristan Plotts started things with his second on the season and, back to a one goal affair.

Levi Anderson (1g,1a) put the Hawks back up by two.

Drexel would go on a four goal run thanks to, Liam Rosato (1g), Aidan Coll (2g,1a), Donnelly setting up Mulcahy at 8:14.

Donnelly stayed in the giving mood and set up Coll for his 9th.

King at 3:06 and again at 2:47 got it a 17-17 game.

Just when overtime looked like a probability,, Genord buried a Donnelly pass with 1:07 remaining.

The Drexel defense clamped down and pulled of the unlikely 18-17 win.

More

The Coaching match-up pitted two former Philadelphia Wings.

Brian Voelker for Drexel and Taylor Wray with St. Joe’s.

Shots were 49-44 the Hawks way with Drexel having a 30-26 advantage with shots on.

Ground balls went 36-23 the St. Joe’s way. Zach Cole dominated as usual with his 27-9 advantage from the “X”.

Tucker Almany turned aside 12 Drexel shots with counterpart, Drew McGill having 9 stops

The extra man was the difference with the Hawks going just 1 of 6.

Dtexel was outstanding, 6 for 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.

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