One Step Away

Kevin M. Neibauer

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The NCAA Lacrosse hot spot that is Philadelphia is presenting not one, not two but three Championship games. Cabrini, St. Joseph’s and now, Drexel Women all playing Championships Saturday and Sunday.

The #2 Lady Dragons of Drexel (11-7) welcomed the #3 Hofstra Pride (9-8) to Vidas Field in West Philadelphia for a Semi-Final matchup. Drexel lost a lead but waged a fourth quarter rally to walk away with a 14-10 victory. The win earned the Dragons a date with rival Towson, the winner gaining an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship tournament.

To the Action:

Taylor Mennella (5g) put Hofstra in front when she started on her 7th hat trick of the season with 1:14 played. Colleen Grady (3g,1a) started on a hat trick of her own with an unassisted tally for her 33rd at the 11:36 mark to tie the game. Mannella put home her 35th to retake a lead for Hofstra just 1:03 later.

Drexel went on a run fueled by Hayleigh Simpson (2g), Lucy Schneidereith (2g), Grady potting her 34th, followed with Allison Drake (2g) closing out the opening stanza.

After one quarter, Lady Dragons with the 5-2 lead.

Second Quarter:

Mannella nailed her second power play marker followed with Kate Fiola (2a) hitting a wide open Kerry Walser (2g). Drexel would get the third and final goal of the quarter with Corinne Bednarik (2g) getting her first of the day to take the combatants to the half with Drexel in front 6-4.

Third Quarter:

It took Grady just 0:47 seconds to notch her 35th goal of the season, making it a three goal differential, But senior Amanda Guerra (2g) had an answer for the Pride before Drexel went on another run.

Karson Harris worked a pass to Lindsey Dean (1g), Harris (3g,1a) started on the third hat trick on the evening. Allison Drake made it a 10-5 Drexel edge, but Walser stopped the run to end the third with Drexel seemingly in charge 10-6.

Let the Wildness Begin:

Hofstra said, “anything you can do, we can do” and unfurled a run of their own to even the score 10-10. Mannella hit for her 37th and 38th. Fiola then connected with Guerra, followed by a free position goal from Whelan.

The battle was looming with 8:07 remaining.

Drexel took the onslaught and decided they needed another surge. Bednarik, then Schneidereith put home a Grady set up, which gave Drexel the 12-10 edge. Karson Harris potted free position goals with 2:39, and 1:20 left in the game to provide the 14-10 final.

News and Notes:

• Drexel advances to the CAA Championship for the second year in a row.

• Faceoff will be at 12PM EDT and Drexel’s Vidas Field.

• For Hofstra, Katie Whalen moves into 6th place with 206 points in their history.

• Zoe Bennett had 5 saves for Drexel with Jess Smith turning aside 9 for the Pride.

• Shots were 33-26 for Drexel with on goal leaning the Dragons way 23-15.

• Turnovers were 11 for Drexel and 10 for Hofstra.

• Ground balls went the way of the Pride, 18-11.

Drexel Moves to Championship

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.