Lindenwood Wins First Championship

Lindenwood wins their first championship, 14-12. The Top Ranked Lidenwood Lady Lions (17-1) took on #5 Queens Royals (14-2) in the Championship of the NCAA Division II Women’s Championship.

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This one was a wide-open battle with the two squads putting 17 goals on the board in the first half. Kyleigh Mastean (1g) gave the Royals the early lead at 25:37. Lexi Biller (4g) and Meghan Rea (1g) had a response that made it a 2-1 game. Sydney Bracken (3g) knotted it up, 2-2.

The Lions began to roar with Carly Fedorowski (2g), Emma Arnold (3g,1a), Biller, and Erin McGuire (3g,1a) n just 5:30 to boost the Lindenwood advantage to 6-2. Shannon Donovan (2g 1a) followed a minute nineteen later by Kara Blanchard (5G,1a) and the battle was on. It was the Lion’s turn for back-to-back tallies and Erin McGuire and Fedorowski did the honors.

The pattern continued with Donovan and Biller countering. Lindenwood closed the half with a run that Arnold, Callie Eldred (1g) and McGuire closed the first half with the Lions holding a 12-5 advantage. Biller at 28:25 followed by Arnold at 23:10 extended things to 14-5.

The Royals didn’t make it this far by throwing in the towel so Blanchard with three in a row, and at 13:54, Bracken closed the deficit to five goals at 14-9. Shannon Kingston (1g) with Bracken and a fourth of the half from Blanchard got it to 14-12 with 1:19 remaining. Queens could not get it any closer and Lindenwood took home their first-ever NCAA D2 Championship. Lindenwood wins their first championship.

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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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