St. Joseph’s Drop a 16-10 Game

St. Joseph’s drop a 16-10 game. The St. Joseph’s Hawks (9-4) played host to the Bryant Bulldogs (9-3). The North East Conference Title and an automatic trip to the NCAA D1 Championships were at stake. Simple as, “win and in.”

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In-Game action

If you are a fan of defense the first half was for you. Bryant kept pressing and the Hawks kept keeping them at bay. Tucker Brown (2g) put the hosts to a 1-0 lead at 13:54 with Trevor Weingarten (3g) matching 1:38 later. The Hawks picked up markers from Evan Campbell (2g) and Ryan Doran (3g) to pull in front, 3-1.

Bryant evened things with Aidan Goltz (2g) at the :32 marks followed by Logan McGovern (1g,2a) with one second on the clock to close the physical quarter at 3-3. Bryant closed off the passing lanes and was keeping St. Joe’s on the outside while working their offensive plan with Marc O’Rourkr (4g, 1a) and Kevin Groeninger (2g) to put the Bulldog run to four goals and a 5-3 edge with 13:08 to play. The Hawks countered with goals from Levi Anderson (1g 2a), Tucker Brown notching his 14th of an Anderson feed in traffic. With 2:48 remaining, Doran collected his 22nd, and the half-closed with the Hawks holding a 6-5.

Things Heat Up

The physical play continued in the third and at 13:06 Emmet Kemble knotted it up again, 6-6. Campbell notched his 9th followed by Matt Tufano (1g,1a) but Bryant countered with two from O’Rourke 3:23 apart. Weingarten hitting rope at 2:27. Ryan Doran converted his 23rd courtesy of a nifty Tufano feed and the crowd of 1800, mostly Hawks friends and family, were getting raucous.

Player of the game, Jacob Alexander got the Bryant contingent on their feet when he got the best of Zach Cole on the face-off and took it the house to set the stage for the win it all final quarter and the home team in front, 10-9. Timmy Hackett (1g,1a) Groeninger (9th), Bennett Abladian (1g), and Goltz in a span of just under 13:00 got it to 14-9 and if Philadelphia was going to have a Champion, St.Joe’s would have to seriously amp things up.

Matt Bohmer (1g) tried to light a fire with a goal at 3:36 but, the Bulldogs would bite back with Weingarten at 1:33 and O’Rourke hitting his fourth with :47 left to give Bryant the Conference title and a trip to the NCAA dance. How good was Alexander? Not only did he have a goal, but he also picked up an assist and scooped a dozen loose balls.

By the Numbers

The big news was Alexander went head to head against Zach Cole and outdueled Cole by winning 17 of 30 face-offs. Another standout was Bulldogs netminder, Luke Caracciolo who came up big time and again and finished with 18 saves. Tucker Almany was also good with 11 saves in defeat.

Statistic-wise, things were close with the Hawks taking the edge in shots, 49-47, and shots on goal, 28-27. Bryant had two fewer turnovers, 13 to 15 with the Bulldogs scoring 45 ground balls to 31. Mac O’Rourke finished the tournament with 8 goals and Alexander won 30 faceoffs with 13 against Hobart. St. Joseph’s drop a 16-10 game.

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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.

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