Penn Wins on Last Second Goal, 8-7

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The #6 Penn Quakers (3-1) picked up their third consecutive one goal win over Villanova (3-3).

The first ever Farrell Cup, played in honor of former Penn Captain, James Farrell and his brother, Michael was at stake.

The brothers will killed in a car wreck in New York in 2021.

Cam Rubin (1g) got his third of the Year with help from BJ Farrera at 11:17 to boost Penn to the early lead.

Sam Handley (2g,1a), pushed it a 2-0 lead with an unassisted marker at 9:50.

Patrick Daly (3g) on the man-up assisted by J.P Basile followed by Matt Campbell (3g,2a) getting things knotted up.

With 2:57 left, Handley hit an unassisted goal for his 7th.

That Ended the Taut First with Penn Up, 3-2

After just 2:32, Jack Schultz (1g) converted a pretty Ben Bedard feed for his 4th and a 4-3 Quakers edge.

Daly and Campbell answered to get it to a 4-4 contest.

Ben Smith (1g) notched his first NCAA goal at 1 :50 followed at :56 with Dylan Gerger (2g) planting a Handley pass for his 15th to close the half with Penn up, 6-4.

Third Quarter

The Villanova defense stiffed and shot the Penn offense out.

In the meantime, Campbell did the work for Daly, and Brett Baskin with a beautiful feed that Campbell buried to close the third with the teams battling at 6-6.

Who Wants It?

Campbell assisted on a J.P. Basile (1g,1a) net bender with 6:54 remaining.

Time for Fireworks

With 78 seconds to play, James Shipley (1g) put one past Will Bottom (‘Nova netminder) and overtime seemed likely.

The only issue, Gerger had other ideas when he buried a fast break started by Tyler Kuehl and ended the comeback at the buzzer.

Inside the Game

Patrick Burkinshaw despite allowing 7 goals, made 13 stops in the Penn nets.

It was his third consecutive one goal.victory.

Fitton wasn’t quite as on point allowing 8 goals with 6 saves for the Wildcats.

• Justin Coppola went 13 of 18 from the “X’ for Villanova.

• Shots heavily favored Villanova, 51-25.

• Shots on Goal also.favoted ‘Nova, 20+14.

• Turnovers had Penn with 24 and The Wildcats 18.

• Fimally, ‘Nova owned the ground ball battle, 36-23

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.