Written by Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
The 2-3 Bombers took on the 3-3 Toyota squad in an important BILL clash. The game was an absolute gem from the word go, but Toyota would hold on to win 16-14, in a hard fought, exciting victory.
TO THE ACTION…
Jordan Hall (4g,1a) scored at the 1:13 mark, followed by Charles Horning (2g,4a) converting a pretty feed from Joseph Crawford (1g) on the man advantage at 4:34, gave Toyota the quick lead. Brian Zajac (2g) halved the lead when he potted a feed from Nick McAvoy (1a), before Jacob Pratt (3g) picked up his first of his hat trick at 11:42.
Exactly two minutes later it was Hall setting up Minich Asher (3g,1a), followed by a Zane Dalpe (5g,4a) tally to bring the Bombers within two goals to end the tight first period. Toyota held a 4-2 advantage.
It took just 0:49 seconds for Hall to light the lamp making the score 5-2, but both Kaden Brennan (2g), and Caleb Tatum (2g,1a) scored short handed and the battle was on. Asher converted on a Mike McDonnell (1a) helper to end the half with Toyota holding a 6-4 lead.
Tatum got it to 6-5 off a slick Dalpe pass, but Toyota fought back with a pair supplied by Hall, and Brian Welch (2g,1a) stretching their lead to three, at 8-5.
Sean Reilly (2g) stopped the mini uprising at 7:59 and the intensity was picking up. Hall answered just fifty three ticks later but the Bombers would then put it in another gear. Roland Epps Jr.(1g), Dalpe setting up Kaden Brennan, and Dalpe notched a pair, setting the stage for an exciting final frame with the teams knotted 9-9.
A wild finish was upon us with the Bombers continuing to have the hot hand. Dalpe, and Sean Reilly from Dalpe brought the Bombers a two goal lead.
Even though the Bombers had scored six of the last seven goals but, had to hold on for nearly 12 minutes to secure the victory.
Horning, Asher, Jacob Pratt, and Brian Welch (3g) scored for Toyota, turning this already topsy turvy game back in favor of Toyota, 13-11.
Bombers net-minder Julian Flores connected on a long lead pass to Dalpe, who scored the next two goals to even the score up once again!
Toyota turned up the heat with Zajac and Pratt making it 15-13. The Bombers got one more but, Brian Welch would end things with a Toyota goal, giving us a final score of 16-14.
Dis ‘an Dat…
- Shots heavily favored the Bombers, 56-36. Julian Flores stopped 20 of the 36 and threw in an assist for the Bombers.
- Two guys with Philadelphia roots, Connor Atkinson and Pat Crosby, shared time in the Toyota nets with Atkinson stopping 18 of the 28 shots he faced. Crosby would also face 28 shots, stopping 24.
- Toyota went 1 for 7 on the man-up while the Bombers were 0 for 3 but nailed a pair of shorthanded goals.
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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).
Mr. Groob 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.