St.Joe’s Makes History

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports

The NCAA DI St. Joseph’s Hawks made history with their first North East Conference title, and their first trip to the NCAA Championships with a resounding 14-7 victory over the Hobart Statesmen.

Hobart had a hot hand defeating the defending NEC Champions Bryant in a 21-5 debacle. The St. Joseph Hawks advanced with an 11-10 besting of the LIU Sharks.


Tucker Brown (3g) putting home an Austin Starzzulla (1a) feed gave the Hawks the early 1-0 edge. Just 0:24 seconds later the lead was doubled with an unassisted Levi Anderson (2g,2a) marker with a shot thru traffic.

The Hobart offense, led by Derreck Madonna (4g) on the advantage, cut the lead in half at the 8:00 minute mark. Brown (34th), followed by Tommy Mott (1g,2a) for the Statesmen kept the difference to 3-2. A man up marker from Carter Page (5g), with help from Mac McLaughlin (2a) ended the opening stanza with the Hawks in front, 4-2.


Page pushed it to 5-2 with just 0:11 seconds played, but Madonna had an answer off a Wylie Sherman (1a) feed 0:37 seconds later. Alex Keener (1g) kept the Hawks lead in tact to start a run driven by the 47th from Page on a Colin Reich set up. Reich (1g,1a) himself, put home his 6th with Page pushing it to a 9-3 halftime lead.


After the Hawks 5-1 second stanza it was clear that the high powered Statesmen offense, who averaged just over 14 goals a game, were in trouble. After having their way against a strong Bryant team, the Hawks were blanketing Madonna et al, and took control.

A dynamic scorer, Madonna was able to put one past Hawks netminder Robbie Seeley and for an instant Hobart had life. Brown, Page and Matt Bohmer (2g) sucked that life away. Ryan Archer (1g) stuck a thorn in the run to send it to the final quarter with a commanding 12-5 St.Joe’s lead.

Fourth Quarter:

With just 0:11 seconds played, Levi Anderson pushed it to 13-5. Mott set up Freshman Alex Rosa (1g) on a man advantage, then went back to work for Madonna’s 33rd, cutting the lead to 13-7. Bohmer scored his 40th to make the final score 14-7.

Game Stats:

• Shots went the Hawks way, 44-38 and on goal were 24-23 also for the Hawks.

• Turnovers had 14 for St. Joe’s and 13 for Hobart.

• St.Joe’s also had the 29-25 edge in ground balls.

• Adam Shea went 11 for 23 from the “X” with the Hawks Zach Cole posting 12 for 22.

• Kevin Holtby stopped 10 Hawks shots while Robbie Seeley was the difference with 16 saves.

• Seeley, who played all of 2:00 in 2021, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

“This feels really really good…pleased to be standing here.”

St. Joe’s Coach Taylor Wray
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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.