Terriers Show Their Bite is as Bad as Their Bark

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

History made at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, PA.

The #15 Boston U. Terriers (10-3, 7-0 PL) claimed their first ever Patriot League first place finish in a defensive battle, 9-8.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks (7-5, 5-2 PL) were the opposition in this one.

The Terriers got the game winner with :05 on the clock when Timmy Ley fired the game winner for his 3rd on the day and 35th of the campaign.

The outcome put a damper on the Lehigh Senior Day.

“I Feel bad for our seniors on Senior Day, Really wanted it for them to be able to get a win, but Boston wanted to win as well and all the credit goes to them for making one more play than we did in the end and boy was it a special play.” Lehigh Head Coach, Kevin Cassese.

To the Battle

The opening quarter was a hint of the defensive battle that would unfold

Roy Meyer (1a) hit a breaking, Vince D’Alto (2g,1a) that gave the Terriers a lead at 9:45.

Scott Cole Hit net at 8:08 and, his second of the day at 2:25 to end the scoring

Next 15:00

Things opened up in the second with a combined nine goals

D’Alto evened the score with his 42nd off a pretty Louis Perfetto set-up

Senior, Matt Baugher (1g) pushed it to 3-2 for Boston U. Just forty three seconds later

Tommy Schelling (5a) did the work on a Christian Mule` (4g,1a) marker for a 3-3 affair

Perfetto went back to work setting up game hero, Timmy Ley (3g) for his 33rd.

Thomas Niedringhaus (2g) got it a 5-3 Terrier lead.

Justin Tiernan (2g,1a) and Perfetto (1g,3a) exchanged goals as did Ley and Mule` to end the wild second with a 7-5 Boston advantage.

To the Third

As wide open as the second quarter was, the third was a complete opposite.

Neither squad would bend twine for 14:45 when Mule`secured his hat trick with his 29th set up be Schelling.

The Stage is Set

After going scoreless for 25:00, Niedringhaus potted a Perfetto feed to make it an 8-6 game

Schelling did the work for Tiernan’s 2nd of the game as well as second of the season.

With just 2:26 to play, we had a one goal game at 8-7.

Mule` nailed the tying goal off a Tiernan feed with just 1:04 remaining.

Conor Calderone won the ensuing face off and the Terriers immediately called a time out.

The strategy worked as Co-Captains teamed up with Matt Milburn (1a) finding Ley who buried the game winner with just 00:05 showing.

The Numbers:

• Shots had BU firing 32 times with 23 being on net

• Lehigh countered with 28 shots of which 18 were on net

• Turnovers had BU with 21 to the ‘Hawks 16.

• Ground Balls were 34-30 the Terriers way.

• Face offs were a big story. Calderone went 13 of 21 and 8 of 10 in the second quarter.

• Lehigh’s Mike Sisselberger came in with a .669 winning percentage but was shut down.

• With his second quarter goal, Perfetto became a just the 8th Terrier to score 100 goals in a career.

Terriers Take First in Patriot League

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.