Nova Advances

Nova Advances after victory over North Texas, 84-61. The #5 Villanova Wildcats faced the challenge from the #13 North Texas Mean Green and played what may have been their best game of the season.


Balanced scoring, lights out shooting a staunch defense ended the dream for the upset minded Mean Green. Villanova had four players in double digits led by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl with 18, Jermaine Samuels and Justin Moore each drained 15 with 11 from Caleb Daniels.

Trailing at one point, the Wildcats went on a 34-6 run and nailed 15 threes out of 30 attempts. The Wave only posted 6 points over the final 11:32 of the first half. North Texas was led by a 25 point outburst from Javion Hamlet with Mardrez McBride adding 11.

A classy and emotional moment occurred with :51 remaining in the game. Grant McCasland, North Texas Coach cleared all his starters off the floor and put bench players in.

Every exiting starter was met by McCasland and given huge hugs. Nova advances to take on #1 Baylor next Saturday.

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.