Thriller in Big East

Thriller in Big East. A battle between two DI Lacrosse powerhouses pitted the  #6 Denver Pioneers (8-3, 7-1 Big East) who went to Washington DC to battle the # 10 Georgetown Hoyas (9-1, 8-1). Denver had never been defeated by the Hoyas and dropped this one in overtime, 11-10.


Game Time Action

A defensive first quarter started with a 3-0 Denver advantage supplied by Ethan Walker (3g,1a) scoring at the 13:56 mark quickly followed thirty-four seconds later by Walker dishing to Alex Simmons (1g,1a) and Lucas Cotler (2g) and with 11:21 on the clock, Denver seemed in control. Zachary Geddes (1g) and Dylan Hess (1g,2a) cut it to a 3-2 deficit. With 1:04 to play, Malik Sparrow hit rope to increase it to 4-2.

The quarter would end with that score but Denver went back to work when Riley Curtis (1g) buried a Jackson Morrill (2a) pass on the advantage stretching it to 5-2. Dylan Watson (4g)scored two goals six minutes apart with Jack Hannah (2g) countering for the Pios to close the half at 6-4 leaning the Denver way. Alex Mazzone (1g) cut into the lead but Ethan Walker and Graham Bundy Jr. (1g,1a) got it to 7-6.

Cotler and Watson traded goals as did Jack Hannah and Declan McDermott (2g) to take it to the 4th quarter with a 9-8 score.
The last quarter only yielded three tallies started with Dylan Watson to even things at 9-9. Jake Carraway (1g) gave the Hoyas a 10-9 lead with just 5:11 to go.

Walker got the equalizer at the 2:38 mark after which neither team could muster a goal. On to Overtime, the warriors went. With 1:08 to go, Bundy Jr. set up McDermott for the game-winner and the upset, 11-10. TD Ierlan was less than spectacular from the “X” with a 4 for 12 day. James Reilly for the Hoyas was outstanding posting 16 of 24. Jack Thompson made 15 saves for the Pios and Owen McElroy stopped 14 for the Hoyas.

How even was this game? Shots on goal were 26-24 for Georgetown with turnovers having Denver with 14 to the Hoyas 13.
Ground balls were 30-27 for Denver. Thriller in Big East.

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.