The #20 St. Joseph’s Hawks (4-1) flew into Kessler Stadium in West Long Branch, New Jersey to do battle with 2-3 Monmouth Hawks on a cold Saturday afternoon.
A defensive battle would yield only three first-quarter goals jump-started by Freshman, Matt Bohmer getting his first of his five helpers with a sweet feed to Austin Strazzula (1g) that gave the Philly Hawks a 1-0 edge with 8:31 showing on the game clock.
With time running out, the Jersey Hawks knotted it up with an unassisted tally from Mike McIntyre (1g) with only nine clicks on the clock.
Sophomore face-off wizard, Zach Cole (1g) won the ensuing faceoff and took it to the house with :01 on the time clock to close the first with St, Joe’s up, 2–1. The staunch defense from both clubs continued, but not before Matt Tufano (3g,1a) converted a Cole face-off win just ten seconds into the quarter.
Monmouth fought back with a Brock Anderson solo effort to close the half with the visitors holding a one-goal lead at 3-2.
Things opened up in the third with St. Joe’s outscoring Monmouth, 4–1.
Redshirt Freshman, Levi Anderson (2g,1a) and Sean Voelker (1g) notching his first of the campaign pushed St. Joe’s to a 5-2 edge before Zach Clemente (1g) nailed an unassisted goal to make it 5-3.
Bohmer went back to the grindstone and hit Tufano with a spot-on pass and Tufano would return the favor by assisting Andrew Chilson (1g) to end the third with the Philly Hawks holding a four-goal cushion at 7-3.
The final stanza was all about St.Joe’s who held Monmouth off the board while Tufano, Anderson and Evan Campbell (1g) poured salt in the Monmouth wounds to end the 10-3 game.
Dis and Dat: Loose balls were owned by St. Joe’s at 43-27 with an 18-4 edge in the final quarter.
FoGo Cole was, once again, outstanding with a goal and an 87.5% on faceoffs by winning 14 of 16 and garnering 10 loose balls.
Mike Adler kicked out 14 shots in the St, Joseph’s nets.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.