East Stroudsburg Moves on, 13-12

In DII Women’s action, the East Stroudsburg Warriors (19-1) advanced to the Semi-Finals with a thrilling 13-12 defeat of the (17-3) West Chester Golden Rams.

A wild final five minutes resulted in five goals with a sixth just :44 into extra time.

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

How it Happened..

A low scoring first half with just 8 markers started by The Rams jumping to a 3-0 advantage when Lindsay Monigle (5g,2a) followed by a pair furnished by, Hannah Stanislawczynk (5g) nailing her 78th at 6:57. With twenty eight ticks remaining Gianna Leduc (1g,3a) closed the gap and the scoring in the opening quarter.

End of First, 3-1 West Chester.

Second Quarter:

ESU built on the Leduc marker when Kayleigh Pokrova (1a) sent a pretty pass that Kiki Fitzpatrick (3g,2a) buried. Leduc did the work for Lauren Neufeld (1g). Monigle set up Keri Barnett (1g) on the advantage with player of the game, Emily Mitarotondo (7g) reversing the 3-1 West Chester first.

To the Half, 7-7 deadlock.

Things Continued to Stay Tight:

Stanislawczyk picked up her 79th on a nifty solo effort at the 13:47 mark ESU would embark on a three goal rally furnished by, Sophia Graffeo (1g, Mitarotondo (76th) and ended with Fitpatrick throwing in her 52nd. Julia Littlewood (1g) at 2:29 ended the run and the third stanza

End of Three: 7-6 the ESU way.

Let the Wildness Begin:

By wild, we are talking 11 combined scores that turned this contest into an epic classic. Mitarotondo started things with markers at 12:33 and a second twenty seconds later giving the Warriors a three goal edge at 9-6. Monigle hit rope for 44th to cut it to a two goal lead. Fitzpatrick pushed it back to three goals with Monigle followed by an advantage marker from Stanislawczyk, her 80th, With 6:57 remaining, the intensity picked up with a 10-9 game.

Mitarotondo buried a Fitzpatrick set up while shorthanded. Thirty one seconds later, Monigle buried another advantage tally followed fifty three later with another Monigle marker, this time at even strength. With 3:36 to play, Mitarotonda scored yet another advantage goal. West Chester countered courtesy of Monigle doing the work for the 81st from Stanislawczyk to get it even at 12. Regulation ended and Kiki Fitzpatrick won the draw for West Chester but, the Warriors forced a turnover that resulted in Leduc spotting a wide open, Mitarotonda who went in alone and ended the festivities just :44 in.


• The Warriors join Adelphi, University of Indianapolis and their opponent, #1 seed, Queens. The contest between ESU and Queens is scheduled for 5pm May 20th.

• Shots favored ESU by a 29-23 margin as well as Shots on net, 25-19. Ground balls went the way of West Chester,17-12 as well as Turnovers, 25-19.

• Jessica Gorr made 12 stops in 60:44 for ESU with McKenzie Gaghan turning aside 7 West Chester shots.

East Stroudsburg Moves on in Thrilling 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.