Villanova Drops Heartbreaker

Villanova drops heartbreaker, 14-12. The #11 Villanova Wildcats (7-5) took on the #8 Georgetown Hoyas (11-2) for the right to play in the Big East Championship. These two have played each three times this season with Georgetown having the first two, 16-1 and 8-7. Ad

In-Game Action

Declan McDermott (3g, 1a) kicked off the scoring at the 12.20 mark. Keegan Khan (5g) at 11:21 and a second at 10:04 gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. McDermott set up Graham Bundy Jr. (2g,1a) to set the pattern for the goal-scoring with neither squad able to build momentum or stage a substantial lead.

Eric Overbay (2g) followed by Tucker Goodelle (1g) at 1:15 ended the first quarter with the Wildcats in front, 4-2. It took just 1:17 for Khan to push it 5-2 but Nicky Petkevich (2g) and McDermott got it to 5-4 with 10:53 to play. Corey McManus (2g) countered for Nova but Carraway (2g,1a) at 5:47 and Bundy Jr. setting up McDermott for his 16th at 2:10 to close the curtain on the thrilling first half and a 6-6 affair.

It took a grand total of forty-four seconds for McManus to convert a pretty Patrick Daly (1a) feed and the Wildcats went back in front. Eric Overbay scored less than a minute later but Jake Carraway notching his 45th got it back to a one-goal event. :50 after the Carraway market, Dylan Watson (2g) closed the third like it started, tied up, 8-8. The goal exchange was underway with Petkevich and Khan keeping it even.

It was the turns of The Hoyas James Reilly (1g) and Nova’s Colin Crowley (1g,1a). At 10:21 it Dylan Watson but, ten seconds later, Khan hit his fifth on the day and 25th on the season making it 11-11. Bundy Jr. registered his 34th but Owen Prybylsky (1g) continued the goal match contest and 8:00 left, it was still a tie, 12-12.

TJ Haley (1g, 4a) notched the game-winner with 4:39 left and Petkevich added insurance. Haley becomes the All-Time Georgetown assist leader breaking Greg McCabera’s record of 451 set in 1999. Haley now has 454. James Reilly had a goal and went 17 for 29 from the “X” with 11 ground balls.

By the Numbers

‘Nova fired 45 shots with the Hoyas countering with 39. 29 of the 44 were on the jet with Georgetown putting 21 on goal. The Hoyas turned the ball over 20 times to double the 10 from Villanova. G’town scooped 32 ground balls with the Wildcats nabbing 25.
Owen McElroy made 17 saves for the Hoyas. Georgetown faces Denver on Saturday, May 8 at 3 pm for the Big East Crown. Villanova drops heartbreaker, 14-12.

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.