Nova Women Knock Off UConn

‘Nova (6-8) women knock off UConn ( 9-5), 13-12 in overtime. It’s the week for teams to celebrate, thank and congratulate their Seniors. The Villanova Wildcats Women’s team took their turn. The honored guests were Brittany Bruno, Katie Comerford, Haley Driscoll, Kelsey Mentzer, Julianne Puckette, and Liz Trojan.

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To the Action

The definition of a back and forth game would be this one. Caroline Curnal (1g) put Villanova in front with 1:24 played. The Huskies fired up a three-goal run with Grace Coon (4g,1a), Sydney Watson (1g, 1a) with Watson getting the helper on a Stephanie Palmucci (3g,1a) tally, and with 24:49 remaining the Huskies pulled in front. Alexa Tsahalis (2g) countered. UConn unfurled another three-goal run-off goals from Madelyn George (1g) on the advantage, Lia LaPrise (2g,2a), and Coon hitting her 23rd. It became a 6-2 contest.

Abby McKenna (2g) put an end to that uprising. Kyra Place (1g) followed by LaPrise netting her 26th made it an 8-3 game. Two of the guests of Honor for the pre-game festivities came to the party and seemed to steal the Huskies’ momentum. Katie Comerford (3g,3a) hit Brittany Bruno (3g,2a) on the disadvantage and it was 8-4.

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The teams went scoreless for 5:49 before the roles were reversed with Comerford depositing a Bruno feed. Coon answered that tally but with :37 remaining, you guessed it, the dynamic duo went back at it with Comerford hitting Bruno for her 22nd that would end the half with a UConn lead of 9-6. Just a minute and four seconds in Palmucci hit for her 13th on the advantage.

Gaining confidence, Villanova was battling. 24 seconds after the goal it was Libby McKenna knocking home her 27th. The ever-present Comerford got her 31st two and a half minutes later and the Wildcats were chipping away getting it to 10-8. Palmucci moved it to 11-8. This half it would be Nova’s turn for the mini runs with Olivia Piccirilli (1g) followed by Tsahalis notching her 14th to get it to 11-10 with 12:40 to go. Coon seemingly out it away at 9:13 with neither team able to score for eight minutes.

In the End

But, they are called Wildcats for a reason. An uprising would occur started at 1:14 with Comerford finding Fellow Guest of Honor, Haley Driscoll who hit her only goal of the day to make it a 12-11 deficit. Then, the intensity would really pick up with the Bruno, Comerford connection stepping up when Bruno found her partner in crime. She deposited a shot behind Landyn White with only :34 to play and off to overtime they would go. Tsahalis intercepted a pass. It hit Bruno who went in alone. It ended the Villanova win with only thirty-four seconds played in the extra stanza. ‘Nova (6-8) women knock off UConn ( 9-5), 13-12 in overtime.

Who da Thunked It

White stopped 6 Nova shots in going the distance. For the Cats, Alex Moro pushed aside 4 shots in her 23:02 with Mary Alice Collins seeing 38:32 of action stopping 6 UConn tries. Yet another statistically even contest that resulted in Nova having 30 shots to UConn’s 29. UConn got more on net, 22-19 with turnovers being even at 17 with Villanova winning the ground ball battle, 24-16.

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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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