2023-2024 Outlook: San Diego Seals

2022-2023 Record: 14-4, 1st in the West Division.  They lost in the first round to the  Colorado Mammoth.

New Faces:

Kyle Rubisch, Mike Poulin, Trevor Baptiste, Liam Phillips, Dallas Wade, Kyle Jackson, and Jordan Hall (offensive coordinator).

Key Losses:

Brodie Merrill, Frank Scigliano, Kevin Crowley, Connor Farrell, Casey Jackson, and Josh Sanderson (offensive coordinator).

Anything short of a championship would be considered a failure of a season.  However, a first round exit shocked the league.  This high powered offense scored 240 goals last season, but also gave up 193.  Changes were going to be made to keep the high powered offense, but hopefully get younger and faster as well. 

Offense:  

This team has never had trouble scoring, and this year will be no exception.  If Austin Staats can stay healthy he will be dominant.  With a supporting cast of Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie, Wes Berg and Kyle Jackson, the Seals will be able to send wave after wave of offense at their opponents.

Transition/Faceoff: 

A perennial problem for the Seals has been faceoffs.  Enter Trevor Baptiste.  The best faceoff man in the league should give the Seals many more possessions and opportunities to score.  With Jesse Gamble, Liam Phillips, and Tre LeClaire, San Diego should be able to push the tempo of the game at will with a strong, quick transition game.

Defense: 

Although they lost a legend in Brodie Merrill, the addition of Kyle Rubisch should anchor a veteran squad of defensemen.  Drew Belgrave, Kellen LeClair, Cam Holding, Eli Gobrecht, Patrick Shoemay and Danny Logan will be a bruising, stifling group that will make opposing teams earn every opportunity.

Goaltending: 

This has been the most inconsistent position on the team.  Both Frank Scigliano and Chris Origlieri had trouble last season.  Gone is Scigliano, enter Mike Poulin.   Although Origlieri has a long term deal, Poulin was brought in to guide and mentor him.  This should stabilize the position. 

This is another season where anything short of a championship will be deemed a failure.  The age on the team is also an issue. 

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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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