If you live under a rock (which you probably don't unless you're this guy), the Flyers lost Game 3 on Monday by a lot. And their fans (including myself) weren't too happy with the game, so they started to throw their bracelets that they got to honor their late owner, Ed Snider! Obviously, it got a lot of major attention nationwide because it involved Philadelphia fans! Even some people that couldn't be at the game participated!
— Chris Jastrzembski (@_JASTdoit_) April 19, 2016
Oh man, angry fans.
Welcome to this week's edition of the Philly Phour Phocus, which is properly spelled for the occasion. In case you've just decided to join the party, we're following all four Philly teams as the season goes on and updating their chances of repping the great city in this year's Final Four. Did I mentioned that it's going to be in Philly? Well, the Final Four is in Philly this year!
If you're a devout follower, you should be able to memorize that intro by now.
Last week, three of the four Philly teams had another case of the Mondays, while St. Joe's clobbered another bad NEC team in Sacred Heart. Did something different happen this week so that I don't have to reuse that previous sentence in next week's edition? To the Big Board we go! This week's Philly Phour Phocus Big Board is sponsored by Spring Garden. Spring Garden: Home of Spring Garden Street!
|Team||2016 Overall Record||2016 Conference Record||Last Week's Results||This Week's Schedule|
|Drexel||4-8||0-3 (Tied 5th in CAA)||L vs. Hofstra 10-4||Sat. @ Delaware|
|Penn||7-5||3-2 (3rd in Ivy)||W vs. Harvard 14-13; W @ UMBC 8-7||Sat. @ Dartmouth; Tues. vs. St. Joe's|
|St. Joe's||9-2||4-0 (1st in NEC)||W vs. Bryant 10-9 (OT)||Sat. @ Robert Morris; Tues. @ Penn|
|Villanova||7-4||1-2 (Tied 3rd in Big East)||W vs. Georgetown 16-4||Sat. @ St. John's|
The Dragons needed to get a win against Hofstra last weekend. They didn't. Drexel was down 4-1 to the Pride at the half, but they weren't out of it. Then, Hofstra shut out Drexel 5-0 in the 3rd and it was pretty much over. The Dragons lost 10-4. Frank Fusco, Nick Valentino (a Hempfield grad!), Jeremy Omrod (a Holy Ghost grad!), and Michael Kay each scored a goal in the loss, while Jimmy Joe Granito made nine saves. The Dragons travel to "The First State" to take on Delaware on Saturday.
Current Big Dance Chance: 1%. It's down from 3% last week and...
IT'S PANIC TIME! Drexel needs to win their next two CAA games (Delaware and UMass) along with Delaware to lose in their season finale against Fairfield in order to get into the CAA Tournament.
There is a chance!
The Quakers had two games last week, and won both! They took on Harvard at home for Alumni Day, and it was an absolute beautiful day, opposite of the snowstorm that they had to endure the previous week against Brown. It was a back-and-forth game, but Reilly Hupfeldt's fourth of the game with 15 seconds left in the game helped the Quakers get a much-needed win over the Crimson, 14-13. Simon Mathias and Tyler Dunn each had a pair of goals, while freshman stud Reed Junkin made 12 saves. With the win, the Quakers clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament, which is good!
Penn was back in action three days later in Maryland to take on UMBC. The Quakers had big advantages in shots (47-20) and in faceoffs (14-5), but the game was tight throughout, and the Quakers squeaked by the Retrievers 8-7 for their second straight one-goal win in as many games. Sophomore FOGO Chris Santangelo was vital at the X, while Mathias led the way in scoring with a hat-trick and two assists, and LSM Connor Keating (a Haverford School grad!) scored twice, including the game-winner with 4:15 left in the final quarter. Junkin made six saves in the win.
Penn travels to Dartmouth on Saturday and closes out the regular season on Tuesday against Big 5 rival St. Joe's.
Current Big Dance Chance: 35%. It's way up from 10% last week, and they're also in the Ivy League Tournament. Even better for the Quakers, Bracketology wizard Patrick Stevens has Penn AS AN AT-LARGE TEAM! Penn has an RPI of 17 and a SOS of eight. BOSS Murphy knows how to schedule! Things are looking up for Penn right now!
The Hawk didn't die this week, and got a HUGE win against Bryant at home this weekend in overtime! Chris Blewitt's game-winner gave St. Joe's the top spot in the NEC at 4-0 in conference play with a 10-9 win. Mike Rastivo put the team on his back with six goals, and even got career goal #100 with his final one, which also tied the game up at nine. T.J. Jones made 14 saves in the big win.
The Hawks take on Robert Morris and Penn this week.
Current Big Dance Chance: 75%. It's up from 65% from last week, and it's pretty much because they beat Bryant. I think this might be the highest the percentage goes because St. Joe's will be in only if they get the AQ. If they beat Penn, it only hurts Penn's chances at an at-large. St. Joe's schedule included several low-tiered teams and Virginia this year. It's NEC or bust for the Hawks.
The Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a dominating 16-4 win over Georgetown in Big East play last week. The Hoyas were up 4-3 midway through the second quarter, but the 'Cats scored 13 straight goals from the 4:24 mark of the second to breeze by their Big East archrival. Jack Curran (Ryan Arcidiacono's cousin!) had a game with a hat-trick and four assists, while Devin McNamara also had four dishes to go along with a goal of his own. Johnny Gallaway had a hat-trick, while Joey Froccaro, older brother Jake Froccaro, and Matt McIver each had two goals.
Nova travels to Jamaica, New York to play St. John's. Sorry mon, not that Jamaica.
Current Big Dance Chance: 65%. It's way up from a depressing 30% last week. Nova has a great RPI (8) and a SOS (6) ranking, so they look like they should be in barring any chaos the next two weeks. But they haven't clinched a berth in the Big East tournament yet. They're currently tied with Providence (who plays Denver this week) for 3rd at 1-2, and a win should punch their ticket to the Big East tournament.
To cap off a pretty good weekend from most of these teams, let's dance!