A Mammoth Second Half Sinks The Riptide

The Colorado Mammoth (4-7) returned home for the organization’s second-ever showdown against the New York Riptide (5-6).  Colorado looked to press the reset button inside the LOUD HOUSE, where the team has established a 2-2 record so far this season.  The attendance for this game was 10,388.

New York made a lot of news this past week,  announcing the franchise would relocate to Ottawa next season (2024-25) as the team prepares to transition to the Ottawa Black Bears. But for now, the team will look to improve on its 5-5 record, which includes a 4-1 mark throughout the team’s past five games.  When the teams last met Colorado was able to secure a key 10-7 victory during the fifth-ever instance of Monday Night Lacrosse. 

The goaltending match-up had Cam Dunkerley in net for New York facing Dillon Ward in net for the Mammoth.

In a high scoring first half, the teams traded goals throughout.  Jeff Teat and Connor Kearnan led the Riptide, while Connor Robinson and Tyson Gibson led the way for the Mammoth.

The second half was all Colorado, outscoring the Riptide 12-2.  Tyson Gibson (4g,2a) and Eli McLaughlin (4g,5a) were the big guns both scoring four goals in the game, with Connor Robinson(3g,4a) also playing huge in the game .  Dillon Ward has taken a lot of heat this season, but was spectacular in the net on this night.  Colorado wins big 18-10.

To The Game:

The Riptide jumped out to an early lead when Larson Sundown converted a Connor Kearnan pass at 1:09, followed by Reilly O’Connor scoring on a delayed penalty off a Stephen Keogh feed at 3:08.

Brett Craig got one back for the Mammoth unassisted in transition on a breakaway at 5:29.  Initially it was waived off for a crease violation, but on a coaches challenge it was deemed a good goal.

Connor Robinson tied the game with a howitzer from the outside off a Jordan Gilles pass at 8:08.  But, Austin Madronic fired a high to low bounced shot off a Jeff Teat pass at 12:45 to give New York the lead, followed by John LaFontaine in transition with a bounced shot to the far corner at 14:00.

After one quarter, New York 4 Colorado 2.

Second Quarter:

Colorado opened the second quarter scoring with Zed Williams converting a Tyson Gibson pass at 4:00, but the Riptide answered immediately with Connor Kearnan finishing off a Jeff Teat pass at 5:03.  Teat scored a highlight reel goal from in front to the shortside off a Connor Kearnan pass at 7:12, but Eli McLaughlin answered back for Colorado with a high to high shot off a Connor Kelly pass at 7:48.  Jeff Teat again scored with a blast that found it’s way over the shoulder of Dillon Ward off a Larson Sundown pass at 8:41.

Connor Robinson scored his second of the night with a huge shot off a Tyson Gibson pass at 9:45, followed by Gibson himself with a twister shot off a Dylan Kinnear pass at 11:49.  Connor Kearnan gave the Riptide a little breathing room finishing a John LaFontaine pass in transition at 13:05. 

At the half, New York 8 Colorado 6.

Third Quarter:

Tyson Gibson opened the second half scoring with a pair of goals for a natural hat-trick. The first was with the Mammoth on a 5 on 3 power-play, converting a Connor Robinson pass to the top corner at 1:33, followed by finishing off a Connor Kelly pass at 1:59 to tie the game.

Kevin Brownell gave New York the lead again in transition converting a Reilly O’Connor pass at 3:11, but on the power-play Tyson Gibson scored his fourth of the night with a quick stick off an Eli McLaughlin pass at 7:58.  Zed Williams gave the Mammoth their first lead of the night diving across the crease off a Connor Robinson pass at 9:16. 

Dylan Kinnear added to the lead fighting his way to the net off a Robert Hope pass at 12:56, followed by Connor Robinson driving to the net off a Jordan Gilles pass at 13:19.

The Riptide made a goalie change.  Will Johnston replaced Cam Dunkerley in the Riptide net.

After three quarters, Colorado 12 New York 9.

Fourth Quarter:

Chris Wardle scored with a dodge then shot off a Tyson Gibson pass at 1:17, followed by Zed Williams scoring on yet another Mammoth power-play at 3:03.  Connor Kelly added to the Colorado lead with a blast off a Connor Robinson pass at 3:14.

Eli McLaughlin continued the Mammoth barrage scoring three in a row.  The first was off a behind the back pass from Connor Robinson at 8:27, followed by McLaughlin tucking it around Will Johnston off a Dylan Kinnear pass at 9:21.  Then scoring with a behind the back shot off a Chris Wardle pass at 10:03.

The Riptide scored on the power-play when Reilly O’Connor converted a Stephen Keogh pass on the power-play at 14:00.

Final score, Colorado 18 New York 10.

The Three Stars:

1.  Eli McLaughlin
2. Tyson Gibson
3. Connor Robinson

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 55-43 in favor of the Mammoth.
  • The faceoff battle went to Colorado 20-11.
  • The loose ball battle was won by the Mammoth 77-68.
  • The Riptide went 1 for 2 on the power-play, while Colorado went 4 for 7.

Top Scorers:

New York Riptide:

  • Jeff Teat 2g, 3a
  • Connor Kearnan 2g, 3a
  • Reilly O’Connor 2g,1a

Colorado Mammoth:

  • Eli McLaughlin 4g,5a
  • Connor Robinson 3g, 4a
  • Tyson Gibson 4g, 2a

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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.