Sacred Heart Wins Battle of Runs

Sacred Heart wins Battle of Runs, 12-10. The Long Island University Sharks (0-1) traveled north to take on the Sacred Heart Patriots on Wednesday afternoon. The Patriots had to overcome a furious rally and a 21 save effort for Sharks sophomore netminder, Will Mark.

Conor Sullivan (3g) got SHU on the board after 3:49. LIU shrugged it off with markers from Richie Lacalandria (3g,2a) and Will Snelders (1g,1a), and with 9:17 remaining, the Sharks were circling. Sacred Heart punched them in the snout and temporarily seized control with a seven-goal rally over parts of two quarters.

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The festivities kicked off with a pair from Logan Liljeberg (3g,2a) and a single from Morgan O’Reilly (1g) all three goals came in just over two and a half minutes. The volley closed the curtain on the first stanza with the home team up, 4-2. The second started slowly with both defenses standing tall. Finally, Trevor Johnson (1g), Drew Edwards (1g), Liljeberg setting up Sal Miccio (1g), and Liljeberg hitting rope to take the run to seven and an 8-2 lead.

The Sharks went to shallow water and ripped their own run furnished by Dan Foley (1g), LaCalandra, and Lacalandra hitting Nick Grassa (1g) in stride to end the half with a battle at 8-5. The scoring pace slowed in the third with only three goals. Lacalandra and Sullivan counter punched but Lacalandra set up Jake Gillis (3g) for his first of three in the half. Gillis and Sylan Villari (1g) got things even at 9-9.

Gillis added another and the LIU comeback led to a 10-9 lead with 8:17 to play. The Sharks took another hit in the nose and could not recover this time. Donovan Lacey (1g) knotted it up before Sullivan gave The Patriots the lead again at 11–10. LIU kept battling but couldn’t get the equalizer and Jake Gare (1g) ended the drama with :30 left and Sacred Heart secured its first victory of 2021. Colton King was also strong in the Patriots net with 15 saves. Sacred Heart wins Battle of Runs, 12-10.

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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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