Sowers Leads Duke to Victory

Sowers leads Duke to a 16-10 victory. Transfer student Michael Sowers, posted an eight-point game to lead #2 Duke (13-2) to a 16-10 victory over High Point (8-6) to move on to take on Loyola in the next round of the NCAA Tournament.

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To the Action

The opening quarter was all Sowers (4g,4a), scoring the first two goals and assisting on a Brennan O’Neill (2g,1a) marker before notching his hat trick and with 2:13 remaining, Duke was up, 4-0. Braydon Mayea (2g,1a) put High Point on the board when he converted a turnover caused when Jack Vanoverbeke checked Duke netminder, Mike Adler, and Mayea had an easy slam dunk with just :08 on the clock.

Asher Nolting (1g,3a) cut the lead to 4-2. Sowers went back to work with his 34th to get the lead back to three, 5-2. Colin Clothier (1g) had an answer but Duke fought back with markers from Sean Lowrie (2g) converting a Sowers set up and Brennan O’Neill snagging his 40th to widen the gap to 7-3. Kevin Rogers scoring his first of two on the day, cut the lead back to 7-4.

Nakeie Montgomery (1g,1a), Lowrie with his 10th from… who else? Sowers and Jake Naso roared back to make it 10-4. Mayea closed the half with his 37th with the assist belonging to Nolting. Vanoverbeke became the playmaker. He set up Kevin Rogers for his 38th with just twenty-six seconds played making it 10-6.

Duke went on another run engineered by JP Basile (1g), Lowrie, and Dyson Williams (1g) to seemingly put it out of reach at 13-6.
Koby Russell (1g stopped the uprising to close the third quarter with Duke well up, 13-7. Owen Caputo (2g) and Garrett Leadmon (1g) scored :49 apart pushing it o 15-7 but Vanoverbeke (2g,1a) converted a Nolting set up and with 11:15 remaining, the question would be… can High Point pull off a miracle?

Tyler Stinson (1g) was a believer and drew it to a 15-9 game with 7:08 to go. Vanoverbeke was also a believer and made it a 15-10 game with 6:36 to play. Caputo squashed the comeback hopes to close out the 16-10 Duke victory.

By the Numbers

Mike Adler turned aside 14 High Point shots with Parker Green making 12 saves for High Point. Duke attempted 43 shots to 34 with 28 going on net to High Point’s 24. Duke turned the ball over more, 13-11 but controlled the battle for ground balls, 37-21. Sowers leads Duke to a 16-10 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.

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