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.
TO THE GAME:
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.
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.
• 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.
St. Joe’s Coach Taylor Wray
“This feels really really good…pleased to be standing here.”
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.