Explosive First Quarter in Drexel Victory

Explosive first quarter in 15-11 Drexel victory. The Hofstra Pride (8-6) faced the #9 Drexel Dragons (10-2) the CAA Conference Final. The winner would get an automatic ticket to the NCAA Championships.

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Drexel stormed out to a 7-1 first-quarter lead started by Reid Bowering (5G) followed 2:56 later with Luke Tomak (2g, 3a) pushing it a 2-0 advantage. At the 10:17 mark, Ryan Tierney (2g,2a) got the Pride on the board but, Drexel would seize control with a 5 goal blitz furnished by. Sean Donnelly (2ga) setting up Bowering’s 18th on the man up, it took all of 8:57 for Bowering to complete his hat trick, Tomak setting up Aidan Coll (3g) and Ryan Genord (1g 1a), and with just :55 on the clock, Donnelly got the helper on Coll’s 31st.

Jack Mulcahy (2g), Brent McVicker (1g), and Tomak took the onslaught to eight goals and a 9-1 Drexel lead. Tierney netted his 43rd at 6:02 to close the half with Hofstra facing an uphill battle, 10-2. Tierney’s goal seemed to give Hofstra some Pride and Justin Lynskey (2g,1a) and Ryan Sheridan (3g 1a) made it a bit more interesting, 10-4. Sean Quinn (1g) answered but Sheridan at 3:54 and again with 1:52 got Hofstra within five.

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Jack Mulcahy with :20 remaining seemed to close the scoring in the third but. Brian Herber (1g) won the ensuing faceoff and took it to the house to finally end the quarter with a 12-7 score. Sam Lutfi (2g) scored on a 2:00 non-releasable Drexel penalty but Bowering buried a Tomak pass. Lynskey and Bowering snagging his :21st with Lutfi matching.  James Philbin (1g) got it to 14-11 before Coll nailed his 32nd with just :25 to close the curtain on the 15-11 Dragons win.

For What It’s Worth

Drexel will play #6 Notre Dame. NLL First Round Draft Pick, Reid Bowering was named The Tournament Most Valuable Player with his seven goals and an assist. Ross Blumenthal, Sean Donnelly, and  Sean Quinn were named to the All-Tournament Team.
It is the second CAA for Drexel, both under Brian Voelker. Drexel outshot the Pride, 30-15 in the first half and 45-32 for the game. Drexel put 24 on net with Hofstra 22. Hofstra turned the ball over 16 times while Drexel went a miserly 12. Jimmeh Koita was 12 of 27 on face-offs and scooped 5 ground balls.  Brian Herber was 10 of 17 with a goal and 6 ground balls. Drexel had the edge with 33-31 in ground balls. Explosive first quarter in Drexel victory.

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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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