Navy Cruises, 14-8

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

The United States Naval Academy (6-3, 2-1) Patriot League) welcomed Holy Cross University (0-8, 0-4 Patriot League) to Navy Marines Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

Navy never trailed and earned a 14-8 victory.

A game in which Navy never lost control, saw a slow start in the initial quarter.

Nick Cole (2g, 4a) opened the scoring with his 7th of the season to give the Midshipmen the lead at 9:04.

Holy Cross evened things seven minutes later when Connor Boyle (1a) did most of the work for a TJ Lynch (2g, 1a) marker.

Navy had the final say in the quarter when Zach Snider (2g) picked up his first of the campaign and the opening stanza came to it’s conclusion with. a 2-1 Navy advantage.

Second Quarter

As close to the vest as the first quarter was, the second opened up considerably.

Forty one seconds in, Henry Tolker (4g) started his big day with his 14th with Cole setting it up.

Lynchb hit his 8th at 9:56 and Navy was in a dog fight.

Save that thought.

Patrick Skalniak (1g), Tolker notching his 15th iand 16th at 8:12 and 4:55 and Augie Pratt (1g) boosted the Middies to a 7-2 lead.

Jayce Lambert (1g) and Thomas McIntyre (1g,1a) scored seventeen seconds apart to end the half with a three goal Navy advantage, 7-4.

Third Stanza

Another light scoring quarter provided just five markers with three from the Academy.

Cole hit for his 8th with Dean DiNanno (1g) followed by Cameron Magalotti (1g) for Holy Cross.

At 1:49 and.:53, Jon Jarosz netted two of his three to take it to the final quarter with a Navy 10-6 edge.

Final Fifteen

Snider made it 11-6 with Baker Reding (1g, 1a) having an answer.

Jarosz hit for his 9th followed by Cole setting up Tolker and Keegan Houser (1g) on the man up got it to 14-7.

Will Spangerberg (1g) ended the scoring for Holy Cross.


• Shots were 42-29 for Navy with On Goal revealing a 26-20 Navy edge.

• For Holy Cross, Dawson Friers stopped 12 Navy shots with Pat Ryan playing 56:09 with 10 saves and Ryan Verducci going 3:51’with a pair of stops for the Middies.

• Navy had a huge edge in ground balls, 46-26.

• Face offs also went the Navy way, 15-11.

• Turnovers we’re 19 for Holy Cross and 18 for the Middies.

Navy Cruises 14-8

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.