Wildcats Drop Regular Season Finale

Wildcats drop regular-season finale, 54-52. Despite falling behind, 38-21 at the half, the Villanova Wildcats (16-5) had a chance to pull off the comeback over the Providence Friars (13-12). In what was essentially a meaningless game, Villanova was in a position to pull off the upset.

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Nova tied it at 52-52 with 15.8 seconds remaining, The Friars pushed it to 54-52.  One final chance remained and Eric Dixon fired three lengths of the floor inbound pass to Jeremiah Robison-Earl who put up a three-pointer that clanged off the rim as time elapsed.

“We’ve had teams where you miss the layups, you miss the free throws, but you find a way at the end,” Wright said. “We get a rebound there at the end, we force a miss and we don’t get the rebound. We would have had the last shot of the game. They’re the little things that bother us.”

One of the issues of playing a “meaningless” game is the risk of injury. With playmaker, Collin Gillespie sitting on the bench with a bulky brace, the last thing the Wildcats needed was another injury and especially not one to another guard.

Justin Moore suffered what was termed a “sprained ankle” and was forced to leave the proceedings. Two injured guards and a four-game road losing streak is certainly not the way you want to enter the tournament. Robinson-Earl, despite his miss, scored 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Jermaine Samuels led the visitors with 21 points. For Providence, Nate Watson drained 14 first-half points and 20 for the game.

David Duke matched the 20 point performance. Villanova waits to see who they play to open the Tournament on Thursday. Wildcats drop regular-season finale, 54-52.

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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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