Virginia Outlasts Army

Virginia outlasts Army, 14-9. Using a huge second half, the Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) turned up the heat on the Army Scarlet Knights (0-1) in the 2021 NCAA DI Lacrosse opener for the Knights.

Army jumped out to 1-0 lead off a nice look from Bobby Abshire (1g) just 1:02 in. Lacrosse is a game of runs and this affair proved the point. Virginia tore off markers from Ian Laviano (2g,1a) just :19 seconds after the Army goal.

Matt Moore (3g) and Payton Cormier (3g,1) converting a set up from Connor Shellenberger. Just like that, the Cavs were up by two, 3-1. Andrew Kelly (1g) drew Army within one with 6:11 to play.


Virginia took the hit and countered with Dox Aitken (1g) and Peter Garno (2g) to get it back to a three-goal edge. Brendan Nichtern steadied Army with a nifty pass that Nickolas Edinger (1g) deposited behind Bobby Gavin. Nichtern went back to back to work this time feeding Aidan Byrnes (3g) to bring the curtain down on the opening quarter with Virginia in front, 5-4.

The second quarter was all the Cavaliers who got markers from Matt Moore, and a pair from Cormier to close the half soundly in control, 8-4. 1:32 into the third, Ian Laviano made it a five-goal advantage. Nichtern (2g, 3a) stopped the run and Army had life.

Garno and Matt Moore quickly answered to make it 11-5 in favor of the Cavs. Gunner Phillipp (1g) answered the door before Cormier found Shellenberger (1g, 2a) to close the third stanza with Army facing a huge uphill battle and trailing, 12-6.

Xander Dickson (1g) pushed it to 13-6 but Aidan Byrnes with a pair and Nichtern made it close, 13-9. Charlie Bertrand (1g,2a) put the final nail in the Army coffin.

Dis and Dat

Shots favored Virginia, 47-37 with a 26-21 advantage of on goal shots. Both netminders, Bobby Gavin for Virginia and Wyatt Schupler (Army) stopped 12 shots. Virginia had the edge from the faceoff circle, 16-9 with Petey Lasalla posting 12 of 16. Virginia outlasts Army.

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.