Rutgers Advances

Rutgers advances after a 12-5 victory. The 9-3 Rutgers Scarlet Knights moved to the next round of the NCAA D1 Lacrosse Championships with a dominating 12-5 defeat of the 10-2 Lehigh Mountain Hawks. A tight game for three quarters was broke open by a strong Rutgers 5 goal final stanza.

In-Game Action

Lehigh struck first with 1:02 played with Justin Tiernan (2g), putting a Kevin Gersback (1a) feed behind Colin Kirst. Adam Charalambides (3g,1a) got it even at 1-1. Neither team could score for 7:27 until David Sprock (1g,1a) gave the Knights the go-ahead goal. Scott Cole (1g) closed the quarter with the assist going to Cole Kirst (1g,1) and Lehigh got it even at 2-2.

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The second stanza was all about defense with only three goals being potted. All by Rutgers which were supplied by Charalambides setting up Kieran Mullins (3g,2a). A pair from Charalambides with his 39th and 40th to end the tight first half with the Knights riding a 5-2 score. Brennan Kamish (1g) made it four in a row before Lehigh stopped the run in the person of Cole Kirst hitting for his 26th to cut to a 6-3 game.

Cole Danninger (1g) ended another quarter with only three tallies with Rutgers looking for history to be made and holding a four-goal advantage at 7-3. The final 15:00 would see more goals than the last two quarters combined and the Knights would seize control of this one. Sprock set up Mullins for his 27th with 9:56 on the clock and :23 later, Ryan Niggemann (1g) countered.

A goal flurry unfolded with Connor Kirst (3g) six seconds later and Kirst again, this time it took seven seconds and we stood at a 10-4 Rutgers lead with 9:20 remaining. The cavalcade of quick goals continued with Dustin Tiernan getting his19th at 8:39. Things settled down and neither squad could get a marker for seven minutes until Connor Kirst nabbed a man-advantage score followed by another from Mullins to close it out.

Bet You Didn’t Know

The victory marks the first Rutgers NCAA playoff victory in 31 years. Connor and Colin Kirst’s late father, Kyle, was the winning goaltender in that game! Colin Kirst denied Lehigh scorers 17 times and Lehigh’s net protector, James Spence said, “oh yeah?’ And also stopped 17 despite the outcome. Lehigh’s Mile Sisselberger picked up an assist while scooping 11 ground balls. He posts an impressive 15 of 19 from the “X”. Shots revealed a 42-35 Rutgers edge while shots on goal went the Knights way, 29-22. Turnovers were about even with Lehigh committing 14 to 12. The ground also went the way of Lehigh, 31-30. Rutgers advances after a 12-5 victory.

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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.

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