Hawks Hold On For 11-10 Playoff Win

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly– A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

In the North East Conference (NEC) the St. Joseph’s Hawks (13-3, 7-0) invited the Long Island University (LIU) Sharks (7-8, 4-3) into Sweeney Field for a Semi-Final match-up. The Hawks soared thru the regular season landing the top seed against LIU who came in with a four ranking.


Carter Page (3g) kicked off his record tying game with his 42nd that was set up by Mac McLaughlin, but Blake Behlen (3g) hit net at 10:24 and again at 9:10 to get the Sharks swimming. Richie Lacandra (2a) scored short handed and it now was a 3-1 game.

The Hawks took flight with McLaughlin setting up Tucker Brown (2g) on the man up. Levi Anderson with a pretty feed that Austin Strazzulla (2g) put home. McLaughlin (2g,2a) and Teo Domic worked the ball to Page for his 44rd with nine ticks remaining to end the 5-3 initial quarter.

Second Quarter:

Levi Anderson (2g,1a) hit net at 4:37 and again at 6:49. McLaughlin completed the seven goal run to end the half with an 8-3 Hawks lead.

Third Quarter:

Will Snelders (1g,1a) finally scored for the Sharks ending the run. The Sharks went 27:40 minutes scoreless during that period. Sean Boll (2g) scored making it a manageable three goal deficit at.

Strazzula, followed by Page notching his hat trick reinstituted the five goal difference. James Butler (1g) potted a Chris Campbell feed, and Behren hitting on the advantage (36th) to end the first 45:00 with the Hawks in front, 10-7.

Fourth Quarter:

Tucker Brown scores at 10:48 to make it an 11-7 game, but then things would get interesting.

Nick Colantonio (1g), Lacalandria, and with just 0:56 seconds on the clock, Sean Boll cut the lead to 11-10. LIU won the ensuing faceoff but lost possession. The Hawks were able to burn the remaining time off to seal the deal.

St. Joseph’s second consecutive season making it to the NEC Final.

Game Statistics:

• Shots were in favor of LIU 39-35, as well as 21-20 on net.

• St. Joe’s led turnovers with 17 while the Sharks had 14.

• Ground balls were even at 27-27.

• Extra Man opportunities had LIU going 3 for 3, while the Hawks were just 1of 3.

• Faceoff extraordinare Zach Cole was 15 for 24 with 6 ground balls for the victors.

• Will Mark stopped 9 shots in the LIU net with Robbie Seeley upping his record to 9-1 and 11 saves while scooping 6 ground balls.

• The 44th goal of the campaign for Page ties Randy McNeill’s school record set in 2001.

St. Joe’s will face Hobart who beat Bryant 21-5.

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.