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After so many misses, St. Joe’s thumps Hobart, 14-7, to claim first NEC championship and NCAA berth

Saturday, 7th May 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/22
From Press Release

The weather forecast for Saturday called for a steady downpour, but even Mother Nature couldn’t rain on the Hawks’ parade as the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team secured its first NCAA Tournament berth with a 14-7 win over Hobart in the NEC title game at Sweeney Field.

After many misses in the title game, the Hawks will learn their NCAA Tournament assignment during the 2022 NCAA Tournament Selection Show, scheduled for Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Hawks won outright NEC regular-season championships in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2021, and this year. They shared the title in 2016, but until now had not won the ultimate goal.

NEC Champion St. Joseph’s University (Photo courtesy of Jim Beaver/Sideline Photos)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Saint Joseph’s (14-3) jumped out to an early lead through goals from Tucker Brown and Levi Anderson. Brown sandwiched another goal between two Statesmen tallies before Carter Page made it a 4-2 lead after a quarter.

• Page scored 21 ticks into the second quarter before Derrek Madonna tallied his second of the day with 14:02 to go in the frame to make it 5-3.

• Alex Keener kicked off a 4-0 spurt to end the half that featured two more from Page and one from Colin Reich to send the Hawks into the break with a 9-3 lead.

• Hobart (7-6) opened the second half with another goal from Madonna, but three in a row from Brown, Page, and Matt Bohmer put the Hawks up by eight before Ryan Archer tallied for the Statesmen at the end of the third quarter.

• Anderson scored 11 seconds into the fourth to push the lead to 13-5 before a pair of Hobart goals closed the margin to six midway through the final stanza. At that point, the Hawk defense clamped down, denying the Statesmen the rest of the way before a tally by Bohmer with 1:43 to go closed out the scoring and kickstarted the celebration among the Hawk faithful.

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE
• Robbie Seeley made 16 saves in the cage for the Hawks, while Kevin Holtby had 14 stops for Hobart.

• Page led all scorers with five goals and five points, while Brown tallied three times and both Anderson and Bohmer found the net twice. Anderson added two assists for a four-point afternoon.

• Joe Burnham (La Salle) and Logan Blondell (Southern Lehigh) anchored the defense. Burnham had three caused turnovers and two groundballs and Blondell had a groundball. Zach Cole (Lenape) won 12 of 22 faceoffs.

• Seeley’s performance in the tournament earned him Most Outstanding Player honors; he was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Anderson, Page, Blondell, and Cole.

UP NEXT
• The Hawks will learn their first NCAA Tournament opponent on Sunday night. Opening Round matchups are set for Wednesday, May 11, while the First Round takes place on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15.
Year NEC Regular Season Champions/ Tournament Champions
2011 Mount St. Mary’s/Quinnipiac Mount St. Mary’s
2012 Robert Morris Bryant
2013 Bryant Bryant –

(St. Joe’s enters the league)

2014 Saint Joseph’s /Bryant
2015 Saint Joseph’s /Bryant
2016 Saint Joseph’s/Bryant Hobart
2017 Hobart /Bryant
2018 Saint Joseph’s /Robert Morris
2019 Mount St. Mary’s /Robert Morris
2021 Saint Joseph’s /Bryant
2022 Saint Joseph’s /Saint Joseph’s


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