So last week, the Eagles blew everyone's minds and decided to move up from the eighth spot to the second spot in tonight's NFL Draft. They traded a boat load of picks to Cleveland and probably saved Carson Wentz's career from burning into a pool of fire. Literally, look at the list of poor souls that have killed their careers in Cleveland.
But if you decided to stalk Wentz's Twitter account, you may have seen this gem:
Yes, probable future Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz retweeted a tweet from North Dakota State's Men's Lacrosse's account (who are in Division II of the MCLA). Now does that mean he is a lacrosse fan? Not at all. Matter of fact, he follows a grand total of zero lacrosse related accounts (including his college's team)! Sad!
But hey, I heard that Philly has a great college lacrosse scene, so he can grab a whiz wit cheesesteak from Steve's and catch a future game!
And the best way for him to start getting to know the city (and the lacrosse hotbed in and around the city) is by reading the Philly Phour Phocus!
Oh and what do ya know, another great transition into this week's edition! 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 us, 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, just like where Carson Wentz will probably end up, the Final Four will end up in Philly this year!
Last week, three of the four Philly teams notched wins, except Drexel, who had to hit the panic button! Are Drexel's chances burnt like a fire-breathing dragon? And what about the other three teams? To the Big Board we go! This week's Philly Phour Phocus Big Board is sponsored by Jewelers' Row. Jewelers' Row: You Probably Won't See Any Famers Here!
|Team||2016 Overall Record||2016 Conference Record||Last Week's Results||This Week's Schedule|
|Drexel||5-8||1-3 (5th in CAA)||W @ Delaware 6-5 (OT)||Fri. vs. UMass|
|Penn||8-6||4-2 (3rd in Ivy)||W @ Dartmouth 11-4; L vs. St. Joe's 9-8 (OT)||Sit back, relax, and let yourself go|
|St. Joe's||10-3||4-1 (2nd in NEC)||L @ Robert Morris 13-8; W @ Penn 9-8 (OT)||Sat. vs. Mount St. Mary's|
|Villanova||8-4||2-2 (3rd in Big East)||W @ St. John's 18-13||Sat. vs. Providence|
The Dragons needed to win in order to keep their postseason hopes alive. And they barely did just that, beating Delaware 6-5 in overtime in The First State. Jeremy Omrad's (a Holy Ghost grad!) goal with 2:37 left in regulation helped tie the game up, where Michael Kay scored the game-winner, ensuring that Drexel could still make the CAA playoffs with a win against UMass and a Delaware loss against Fairfield. Jimmy Joe Granito got the better of Blue hen goalie Parker Ferrigan with 13 saves on the day.
Current Big Dance Chance: 2%. It's up from 1% last week, but...
A loss and their season is done. A Delaware win and their season is done. But there's still a chance...
The Quakers had two games this week. In their first game, Penn took care of Dartmouth 11-4 to seal up the #3 seed in the Ivy League Tournament next weekend at Brown. Reed Junkin made an incredible 17 save performance in the win and was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, while Simon Mathias, Pat Berkery, Kevin Gayhardt (an Episcopal Academy grad!), and Reilly Hupfeldt (a Haverford School grad!) each had two goals.
Then on Tuesday, the Quakers played host to St. Joe's in a thrilling inter-Philly game. Down 8-4 with 13:53 left in the 3rd, Penn got goals from Mathias, Hupfeldt,
Doktor Nick Nick Doktor, and Mathias again to send the game into overtime, where they lost. Boo hoo. A five goal second quarter for the Hawks did hurt them in the game. Hupfeldt and Mathias were the only multi-goal scorers for the Quakers, while Junkin made only five saves.
Penn will take on the #2 seed Yale next Friday in the Ivy League Semifinals at Brown University.
Current Big Dance Chance: 25%. Down from 35% last week, but at least the Quakers are in the Ivy League Tournament! When Penn played Yale earlier in the season, the Quakers held their own and even held a lead late until Yale made a comeback and eventually won it in overtime. The Quakers hope that it doesn't happen again this time around. The St. Joe's loss hurts their at-large resume and will more than likely have to win the Ivy League Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawks also had two games last week. They saw their six game win-streak and NEC regular season undefeated record come to an end against Robert Morris 13-8 on Saturday in Moon Township. Kyle Cain had a hat-trick in the loss, while Chris Blewitt and Rich Gabelman each had a goal and an assist as well. T.J. Jones made nine saves in goal.
St. Joe's needed to turn around quickly, as they had a big Philly game with Penn on Tuesday, which if you remember from reading the Penn report about a minute ago, the Hawks won the game in overtime. Mike Rastivo had a pair of goals and four assists, but it was Kevin Forster (a La Salle College High School graduate!) who had the game-winner in overtime to close the hopes of Penn completing their second half comeback. Forster also added another goal earlier in the game, while Kevin Reidinger had two goals as well.
St. Joe's hosts Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. A win will give them home field advantage for the NEC Tournament next weekend. A loss would give home field advantage to Bryant.
Current Big Dance Chance: 55%. It's way down from 75% last week. Odds are, the Hawks will have to play the Colonials again in two weeks as the Colonials should be the #4 seed if Hobart (the current #3 seed) and Robert Morris win their respective games this weekend. After that, the team will probably have to take down Bryant, who's hot at the right time, for the NEC automatic qualifier. The Hawks won that meeting in overtime a few weeks back, but the Bulldogs would want that AQ and not sweat it out on Selection Sunday as a possible at-large team.
The Wildcats went to Jamaica...New York to take on the St. John's Red Storm and boy oh boy was it an offensive battle. The 'Cats did win 18-13, but trailed 5-2 after the first before Nova scored SEVEN in the second quarter. Devin McNamara had a hat-trick and four assists, while Jake Froccaro had a 6ix point day, along with Christian Cuccinello and Johnny Gallaway scoring four goals and three goals respectively. Nova hosts Providence on Saturday in a big Big East game. If Nova loses and Georgetown beats St. John's, then all three teams will have a 2-3 conference record, fighting for two spots in the Big East Tournament. They should probably go out and beat the Friars!
Current Big Dance Chance: 60%. The game that will probably decide Nova's fate will more than likely be against the loser of the Marquette and Denver game this weekend, assuming that Nova wins on Saturday. It will probably be Marquette, who looked god awful last week against Duke. A good time for the 'Cats to pounce on a team that they lost to in the regular season? Hopefully, because that will certainly help them make the NCAA Tournament.
And now...wait, what? The Phillies are ABOVE .500???!!!! BONUS MUSIC!
And now for the regular music, let's dance some more!