Villanova Takes a Thriller

Villanova takes a thriller, 11-10. The LaSalle Lady Explorers (1-2) and the Villanova Lady Wildcats (2-3) matched up in a masterpiece. After a late time out, LaSalle attempted a cross turf pass that was picked off by Libby McKenna who took off for the Explorers net.

She dished off to Brittany Bruno who put one between the legs of Molly Laughlin to cap off a Wildcats come back. Villanova started off hot and etched a 3-0 lead. Katie Comerford (2g,3a), Alexa Tsahalis (1g), and Libby McKenna (3g,1a) doing the honors. Comerford had the helper on the last two goals.


It then became the LaSalle show. They picked themselves up, dusted off and countered, and raised with goals from, Bridget Rusky (5g,1) on the advantage. A pair from Allison Hunter (2g,1a) followed by Rusky setting up Emily Johnston (2g) to give LaSalle a 4-3 lead. It stayed that way for five minutes and finally, Comerford assisted on an advantage goal from Brittany Bruno (4g).

Gabby Burton (1g) put LaSalle back in the lead but, with just :40 to play, Libby McKenna (3g,1a) ended the taut first half, 5-5. The goal exchange continued with Rusky and Caroline Curnal (1g,1a)keeping it tied. Johnston notched her second, but, not following the script, Rusky tallied on the advantage to give LaSalle a two-goal advantage, 8-6 with 26:44 on the clock.

The defenses took over and neither team scored for twelve minutes until Libby McKenna made it a one-goal affair at 8-7. Rusky and Comerfeld did the exchange thing again and things were getting tense. Bruno and Rusky kept the back and forth in order. With 3:40 left, LaSalle was clinging to a precarious 10-9 lead. It became the Brittany Bruno show as she dominated the final two minutes.

First, converting a pretty feed from Kayla Gulmi (1a) then the heroics started by McKenna with just :07 showing to give Villanova the wild come back finish, 11-10.

Shots were 28-22 Villanova with Shots on Goal also favoring ‘Nova, 18-14. Villanova netminder, Alex Moro made 3 saves while gathering 4 ground balls. Molly Laughlin turned away 7 shots. Ground Balls went in favor of LaSalle, 17-15. Villanova takes a thriller.

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.