Neumann Opens With Statement Win, 23-4

Alvernia (0-1) went into Aston, Delaware County to kick off the 2020 DIII Lacrosse season with a Non-Conference match up with Neumann College (1-0).

This was all Neumann as Drew Conlin (3g,3a) with just 1:26 played, pushed the door to the floodgates wide open.

Colin Blake (2g,1a), Chris Bellon (7g,1a), and Kyle Daly (1g) put it a 4-0 edge.

Alvernia fought back with an unassisted marker from Preston Greener (1g) to get the visitors within three goals.

Neumann took a breath and went right back to work with Blake and Conlin closing the opening quarter with a 6-1 Neumann lead.

Conlin, Brett McLaughlin (1g,1) and a pair from Bellon out the run to six goals that was stopped on a man-up goal from Zach Bowman (1g) that just fired up Neumann and Ryan NcNichol (2g,1a), Conlon and John Giovinazzo (1g) and the half-closed with Neumann holding all the cards, 13-2.

Rich Marshall (3g,3a) was “Mr. Everywhere” for the home team and collected four points in the third.

Ryan McNichol tallied to make it a 12 goal advantage before Sam St.Croix (2g) put it back to 11.

With the way this was going, you had to expect another run, and you would not have been disappointed.

Bellon, Will Petraglia (1g), (1g), Bellon and a pair from Marshall ended 45 minutes and a 19-3 game.

Marshall’s second came with just 00:01 showing on the clock.

It took an entire minute for Bellon to strike again. Things simmered until 6:16 when who else? Bellon struck again.

Marshall and Vincent Corbino (1g) tallied and St. Croix on the second man-advantage goal for Alvernia closed the book on the scoring.

Dis and Dat: Neumann had ten players record at least one point.

As you might expect, the contest got a bit chippy and 7 Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties were whistled.

Brendan Risley stopped 10 shots in the Neumann 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.

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