Villanova Clinches the Title

Villanova clinches the title but loses a leader. The Creighton Blue Jays (17-8) came into the Finneran Pavilion to battle the Villanova Wild Cats (17-4) with the Big East Title at stake.

Villanova survived a frantic Creighton comeback. They pulled out a 72-60 victory that gives Nova its seventh title in eight years. As was not sunshine and rainbows as team leader, Collin Gillespie went down with an ugly left knee injury.

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“No one has had as much impact on a team in a year as Colin does here,” said Head Coach, Jay Wright. “He’s our spiritual leader, the work ethic he’s our leader. He’s tough to replace. We’re going to have to grow up real quick and guys are going to have to step up and I think they will.”

With the title secured, ‘Nova can afford to sit Gillespie out for its game against Providence. A huge first half that had the ‘Cats in front, 42-23 made the difference. The Blue Jays were able to unfurl a 19-2 second-half rally that made it a five-point contest.

Justin Moore accounted for 24 points with a double-double coming from Jeremiah Robinson-Earl with his 14 points, 14 rebound performance. Mitch Ballock led Creighton with 14 points and was helped by Damien Jefferson who was good for 13. Villanova clinches the title but loses a leader.


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.