Seton Hill Advances in DII Action

Fresh off a 14-10 victory over Mercyhurst, the same teams met up in the Opening Round of the DII NCAA Championship.Playoffs.

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Returning to Saxon Stadium in Erie, PA, the Seton Hill Hill Griffins took on the Challenge of the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Griffins withstood a final minute flurry from the Lakers and held on for an 8-7 victory that allowed the Griffins to move to to face Mercy in the next round.

To the Game:

A defensive battle saw just a three goal opening fifteen minute with Mercyhurst notching two of them. The action started with Layne Harica (2a) setting up Vincent Cogliandro (1g) for his 10th of the campaign on the man up at 11:46 to put Seton Hill up. Mercyhurst took the hit and rallied with Jacob Emerson (1g) potting his 18th courtesy of a Bryce Johnson (3a) set up. It was another man up goal, this one from Ethan Landymore (2g) hitting net for his 70th of the season.

End of First, 2-1 Griffins.

Things Stay Tight:

Mercyhurst stayed hot with Jonathan Scherer (1g) scooping a face off win from Shawn Doran and going to the house. Myles Hamm (2g) added a marker at 6:17 with Landymore making it a five goal uprising. David St. Clair (1g) put an end to the run with his 9th just :41 after the Landymore marker to take it to the half.

Heading to the Half, 5-2 Mercyhurst.

Fortunes changed for Seton Hill who would score six of the final eight goals of the contest including a third quarter whitewashing. Jack Ellis (3g,1a) put up his 9th and 10thbat 8:47 and 6:40. McGarity Harper (1g,1a) provided the only other third Stanza tally.

After Three ..We are tied at 5-5.

Fourth and Final:

Mercyhurst would end the run off the 56th from Hamm. Ellis, followed with Zach Estabrooks (1g) set up by Ellis and Thomas Hanulak (1g,1apple) put the Griffins in front.

A frenzied final 2:38 with the Lakers pounding the pressure, only resulted in Braden McCard (1g) notching his 5th to get it a one goal game. .Mercyhurst could not get the equalizer and Seton Hill moves on for a date with Mercy.

Inside the Action:

• Shots went the way of Seton Hill, 47-37 and On Goal leaned the same way but, a bit closer, 22-19. Turnovers had 19 for the Lakers and 17 for the Hill.

Face offs went 9 to 8 for the Hill with Mercyhurst’s, Shawn Doran winning 8 of 17. Kevin Mo had 12 saves for the victors with Brett Olney stopping 14 for the Lakers

Seton Hill Advances.

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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.