Penn Makes it Five Philly Titles

The Philadelphia NCAA dominance continues with Penn making it five teams, all within two miles of each other, making the NCAA Championships. Following the lead of of the St. Joseph’s men and women, the Drexel Women and, albeit not in Philly, the Cabrini Cavaliers, the Penn Quakers made it a full house with a resounding 16-9 victory over the Yale Bulldogs.

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly– A Division of The Edge of Philly Sports Network

In the final game of the Ivy League Conference Playoffs, The Penn Quakers (10-4, 4-2 Ivy) moved to the NCAA Championships with a,16-9 victory over the (11-4, 4-2) Yale Bulldogs.

To the Action:

Yale jumped out to an early 2-0 lead fueled by Matt Brandau (4g,1apple) at 11:04 followed Brad Sharp (1g) doubling the lead at 9:59. Ben Smith (2g) buried a Sam Handley feed matched by Jack Schultz (2g) for Penn to level the score.

End of the First, a tied game at 2-2.

It Stays Taut:

Thomas Bragg (1g,1a) put the Bulldogs in front but, Dylan Gerger (4g,2a) started his big day followed with Junior, Gabe Furey (2g,2a) changing the lead. Chris Lyons (2g) for Yale with a matching goal from Gabe Furey (2g,2a) gave Penn a 4-3 edge.

Chris Lyons matched by Furey’s 15th kept Penn in front, 5-4. Luke DiGiacobbe (1g) buried a Gerger feed to end the half.

End of Two, 6-4 Penn.


The fireworks took center stage with a ten goal fifteen minutes.

Gerger hit his 44th with help from Welsh, Schaefer, Sam Handley, Gerger putting home a Ben Bedard set up on the man up, followed by the 45th from Gerber pushed it to a 11-4 Quakers lead.

Carson Kuhl (1g) put a temporary stop to the Penn run before Ben Bedard (1g,1a) answered. Matt Brandau (49th and 50th) kept Yale close. Gerger ended the third by hitting Ben Smith that thwarted the Yale mini run.

End of Three, Penn in Charge, 13-7.

Can Yale Come Back?:

Bedard with his 10th with help from Furey at 12:44 followed by Handley”s 32nd increased the Penn lead to 15-7. Leo Johnson (1g,2a) at 8:44 with Brandau, set up by Johnson for his 51st, made it a 15-9 contest but Handley’s 33rd closed the scoring on the 16-9 game.

“Congratulations to Penn as they played a heck of game. We did not have our best game today but it does not take away from what they were able to do today,” said Andy Shay, Head Coach of Yale Men’s Lacrosse.

Dis and Dat:

  • Penn won their second straight Ivy League Title and third overall, the others coming in 2014 & 2019.
  • Penn and Yale played three consecutive overtime games previous to this matchup.
  • Shots went the Yale way, 46-42 with on goal going the Quakers way, 27-25. Jared Paquette had 11 stops in the Bulldogs nets with Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament, Patrick Berkinshaw turning aside 16 which gave him 36 for the tourney.
  • Penn turned the ball over 21 times while Yale only gave up 20. Ground balls had the Bulldogs with a 34-32 edge.
  • Yale welcomes St Joseph’s with Penn matching up against the Richmond Spiders on May 14th at 2:30PM at Penn Park.

Penn Moves On

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.