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.
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
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.