Ticket Punched to Championship

The DIII Sewanee Tigers (8-8, 3-3) earned a spot in the NCAA Championships with a 10-9 defeat of Rhodes College (5-13, 3-3).

The Tigers claim their 5th Southern Athletic Association Title. They previously had the title in 2013-15-16 and 2017.

Not bad for a program that has only been in existence 15 years.

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To the Action

This one was a chess match for the first half. Neither squad could score more than one in a row

Luke Valentine (3g) out the Tigers in front with an unassisted marker at 12:16.

It took just nineteen seconds for David Hart (1g) to even things up

Valentine went back to work converting a nice Davis Gillenwater set up.

The quick answer at 9:43 from Sammy Carter (2g) put it to a second even score.

Ashton Anton (1g) ended the first with a Sewanee 3-2 edge.

Second and More of the Same

Geist Pollock (1a) sent a crisp pass that Carter buried to, once again, knot it up.

Jack Westfall (1g) for the Tigers followed by Liam Sullivan rolling up his sleeves for Ryan Dancy (2g) to keep the tied game pattern going.

The combatants went to the locker rooms locked in a 4-4 battle.

Third Stanza.

Will Wyckoff hit a breaking Devon Root (1g,1a) at 12:20 giving Sewanee a lead.

Sewanee made half time adjustments and they would pay off.

Tigers netminder, Greg Ix made a save and it would be Ryan Hofstetter (1g) going off to the races for an unassisted net bender.

:38 later, Will Wyckoff (2g,1a) made it a three goal game, 7-4.

Rhodes would stop the run with Christian Cisneros picking up his first of three assists when he hit Cole Hollander (1g) with 4:58 remaining.

Wyckoff followed by Davis Gillenwater (1g,1a) with exactly 1:00 left made it a four goal Rhodes differential, 9-5.

Can Rhodes Launch a Comeback?

A comeback indeed. Liam Sullivan (12:13), Jonathan Hazelhurst (1g) at 9:22 and Ryan Dancy (8:42) made it interesting with a 9-8 score.

Valentine completed his hat-trick at 6:28.

Cisneros found a wide open, Conor Casey (1g) and with 4:34 remaining, the crowd at South Campus Field, were on the edge of their seats.

Rhodes had three possessions but untimely turnovers spelled the difference and Sewanee won their fifth.

News and Notes:

• Goaltending was the story in this one. Sewanee’s Greg Ix turned aside a career high 14 saves with Brendan Roberts with an eye popping 19 stops in defeat.

• Face offs were nearly even with the Tigers winning 11 of 21 in the person of Charlie Warren.

• Shots revealed a 40-34 Tigers edge with on goal going 24-20 the Rhodes way

• Turnovers had Sewanee with 22 and Rhodes 16.

• Rhodes also had the edge on ground balls, 32-30.

Championship Ticket Punched

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.