Hawks Shoot Down Hawks, 10-3

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.

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.