Overtime Thriller on Hawk Hill

An overtime thriller on Hawk Hill. Despite being 1-7, the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers took the 4-3 St. Joe’s Hawks to extra time before falling, 14-13. On a sun-splashed afternoon on Hawk Hill, the Mount stormed out with Joe Bethake (2g,2a). A pair from Luke Frankeny (3g) to take a 3-0 lead with 11:29 remaining.

Tucker Brown (2g) and Ryan Doran (3g), cut the lead to one at 3-2. Some drama unfolded in the final :17 when Matt Haggerty (4g) scored for the Mount. Matt Bohmer (3g) answered with just :03 on the clock to close with the Hawks trailing, 4-3. Levi Anderson (2g) knotted it up. Zach Cole (1g) won the ensuing draw and took it to the house to change the lead the Hawks way, 5-4.

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It would then become more of a chess game with each team countering the goal. Haggerty converted a Noah Daniels (1a) feed but Brown and Doran had an answer. The Hawks answer encountered an answer when the Mount pulled off a final minute goal of their own with Bethke beating Tucker Almany with just :46 showing on the clock. The half ended with the Hawks in front, 7-6.

You had to know that score would change quickly. It took all of :06 for Sam Stephan (1g,1a) to get it, you guessed it, back even at 7-7. The scoring fest was on and Evan Campbell (1g,2a) put St.Joe’s right back in the lead twenty-nine seconds later. Matt Tufano set up Levi Anderson on the man advantage at 13:42. Following the script, Matt Haggerty connected on his second to make it 9-8.
Tufano (1g,3a) pushed it to 10-8 thirty-three seconds later.

Brendan Doyle (1g,2a) for The Mount and Shane Fable (1g) for the home team exchanged scores as did Frankeny and Bohmer with another late goal at :09 to set the stage for the final quarter with St.Joe’s up, 12-10. Fasten your seat belts because here comes the Mount, full speed ahead Brendan McCarthy (1g,1a) at 8:19, Jake Krieger (1g,1a) and Haggerty with just 1:23 to go and the Mount were in control but only holding a goal advantage, 13-12.

In a game that revealed late markers, this quarter would be no exception and with just :06 to play, Tufano hit Bohmer in stride and we were going to play a little longer. Ryan Doran became an instant hero when he buried a shot behind Dylan Furnback to end the entertaining thriller, 14-13 at the 3:05 mark.

Shots heavily favored the Hawks, 55-35 as well as shots on goal, 31-22. Turnovers were even, 15-15 but St.Joe’s controlled the ground ball battle, 41-22. Zach Cole was a standout once again with his 20 of 31 from the ‘X’, a goal, and snagging 14 ground balls.
Tucker Almany had 9 saves for the Hawks with Dylan Furnback stopping 17 in defeat. It turned out to be an overtime thriller on Hawk Hill.

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.