Villanova Picks Up a Win

Villanova picks up a win, 11-8. The Villanova Wildcats (2-1) went on the road to take on the Providence Friars (2-3) at Anderson Stadium. Villanova started fast and jumped to a quick 2-0 lead when Keegan Khan took center stage.

Khan set up Patrick Daly (1g,1) then Khan (3g,2a) converted an Eric Overbay feed to give the ‘Cats the edge with 11:03 to play. At 9:28, Matt Leader (1g) cut the lead in half but Khan was waiting for a chance and converted an unassisted net bender to put it back to a two-goal edge. Dan Axelson (2g) closed the back and forth first quarter with a 3-2 Nova edge.

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Matt Campbell (2g,1a) and a man-up tally from Khan stretched the advantage to 5-2. Ryan Zimmerman (2g) picked up a pair. Chris Cusolito (1a) set up the first and Ryan Nawrocki (3a) got the helper on Zimmerman’s second and a half came to its conclusion with Providence nipping at the heels of the Wildcats, 5-4.

Villanova came out on a mission and scored three times in just over three minutes. Eric Overbay (3g,3a), started with a pair quickly followed by Khan setting up Corey McManus (1g), and just like that, the visitors seemed to be on the prowl with an 8-4 lead.

Following the “unofficial rules of Lacrosse” Providence came right back. Evan McGreen (1g,1a) and exactly one minute later, Chris Nawrocki being playmaker for Tim Hinrichs (1g) to make it 8-6. Colin Crowley (1a) converted a nice pass from Overbay that not only stopped the run but, ended the quarter with the scoreboard showing 9-6.

This time it was the Friars who stormed out and before we knew it. It was 9-8. Brendan Driscoll (1g) and Axelson did the honors. At this point, Overbay said, “Lemme see about this”’ and set up Matt Campbell for a backbreaker with 3:42 left. Overbay added an “oh by the way” marker to end it, 11-8. Providence netminder, Toby Burgdorf turned away 8 shots but was overshadowed by Will Vitton who was the difference in this contest, who stopped 16 Friars chances.

Total shots were 43 for Providence and 37 for ‘Nova. Shots actually on goal had The Friars with 24 and the Wildcats with 19. Providence had the edge in Ground Balls, 23-17 while Villanova took the face-offs, 11-10. Justin Coppola for ‘Nova was 11 for 20. Villanova picks up a win.

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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.

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