The St. Joseph’s Hawks Withstood a Late Rally and Made it Five Wins in a Row, 11-10.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.
How It Happened
The Bryant Bulldogs (5-5, 3-1 NEC) visited Sweeney Field on the campus of St. Joseph’s University to battle with the Hawks (9-2,4-0 NEC) .
With the victory, St. Joseph’s takes possession of first in the NEC.
A classic battle with a big second half comeback that fell short.
The Hawks were soaring and did all the scoring in the opening stanza
Levi Anderson (1g,1a) converted a Tucker Brown pass for Anderson’s 18th.
Two minutes and fourteen seconds later, Ryan Overbay (1g) padded the lead with just his second of the season.
Mac McLauglin (1g) and William King (1a) joined forces on McLaughlin’s 12th to close the opening quarter.
Bryant seemed to be unimpressed and cut it to a two goal game courtesy of Bennett Abladian (2g) just :45 in on the advantage
Austin Strazzulla (2a) set up Carter Page (2g,1a) for his 29th that got the three goal advantage right back.
Timmy Hackett (2g,1a) notched his tenth with 10:05 to play followed by Sam Goforth setting up Aidan Goltz (3g,1a) on a no-look pass.
Page answered with his 30th followed 1:56 later with Matt Bohmer (1g) putting home a Page feed to end the half with Bryant looking at a 6-3 deficit.
Tucker Brown (4g,2a) scored a natural hat-trick with goals at 13:13 from Strazzulla, unassisted at 10:06 and a man up set up by Anderson with 8:11 remaining.
Cole Peters made it four in a row with his first of the season.
Just twenty two seconds after the Peters goal, Goltz hit number twelve .
The dynamic, Marc O’Rourke (1g) with his 26th ended the third with St. Joe’s in front,10-5.
Bryant was a different team and their sense of urgency took over.
Goltz and Brown exchanged markers.
But,the wildness would unfold . Logan Mc Govern (2a) got helpers on goals from Hackett (11th) and Abladian with Kevin Groenunger (1g,1a).scoring at 1:19.
With :31 on the game clock, Long Pole Brody Rule scored his first of the season making it an 11-10 score.
Zach Cole won the face-off on a violation against Jacob Alexander and the Hawks were able to kill the clock on their fifth consecutive victory.
“Valiant effort by our guys to come all the way back and make it a one-goal game. But the story for us was way to many self-inflicted wounds. It is tough to beat a very good team like SJU on the road when you fail to clear and carelessly turn it over on offense. Very pleased with Jacob Alexander’s play overall at the FO.”
Bryant Coach, Mike Pressler.
• Luke Caracciolo for the Bulldogs and the Hawks, Robbie Seeley each had 11 saves with Seeley moving to 5-0 on the season.
• Shots were 49-40 St. Joe’s and on net were 22-20 The Hawks way.
• Turnovers had 23 for Bryant to 15 for the Hawks.
• Ground Balls had Bryant holding the edge, 28-23.
• Extra Man Ops went Bryant,1 of 6 and the Hawks 1 of. 5.
• Face-offs: Alexander has Zach Cole’s number, Alexander held Cole to 11 of 21.
Cole did add a half dozen ground balls.
• I mentioned Marc O’Rourke. The Bulldog now has138 goals and 195 career numbers
St. Joe’s Win Fifth in a Row
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.