I’ll Take, Drexel With the Upset for $1000, Alex

The Drexel Dragons (3-3) took on the #14 Villanova Wildcats (4-3) in The Philadelphia 4 Classic on Sunday. Drexel who has lost three games by a single goal pulled off an upset at Sweeney Field at St, Joseph’s University with a 15-12 defeat of Villanova.

Senior Reid Bowering stole the spotlight with a 6 goal 7 point output. Drexel netminder, Ross Blumenthal also was a standout with a 14 save performance.

Villanova jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Keegan Khan (2g,2a) and Corey McManus (2g) solved Blumenthal. Bowering and seldom-used Casey Waller (2g,1a) answered before Patrick Daly (2g,5a) put the Wildcats back in front at 3-2. Matt Varian set up Bowering on a pretty man-up goal before Daly had an answer. Chris McLallen (1g) followed by Luke Hurley (1g) just twelve seconds later, closed the opening stanza with Drexel in front, 5-3.

Connor Kirst (1g) for Villanova at 13:41 followed at 13:07 by Matt Varian (1g, 4a) exchanged tallies to get it to 6-4. Varian hit Bowering with a dead-on pass for another man-up tally that gave the Dragons a three-goal edge. Khan set up McManus for a Wildcat power-play goal just thirty-two seconds later and the battle was on.

Bowering and Ryan Genord (1g) hit paydirt just twenty-seven ticks apart to boost Drexel to a 9-5 advantage. Villanova put it in another gear and countered, and then some, with two man-advantage goals from Matt Campbell (4g) and a single from Luke Pryblski (1g) to end the half with Villanova trailing by one, 9-8.

The Wildcats registered the only two goals in the third stanza thanks to a man-up score from Campbell and Keegan Khan at even strength.

On the thrilling final 15:00, we would go. It took 1:47 for Bowering to get it even at 10–10 before Campbell and Wade Shervin (1g) for Drexel exchanged goals.

With 7:12 to play, Villanova seized the lead off a Daly tally and the Wildcats looked to clamp down on the Dragons offence. Drexel never got the memo and stormed the castle with Waller, Jack Mulcahy (1g,1a), Aidan Coll (1g) and Bowering putting an exclamation point on the 15-12 upset.

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.