A Mammoth Win By Colorado Keeps Them In The Playoff Hunt

Written by Eduardo Curros – Field reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time

Week 19 of the NLL season for some means working towards a busy month of May on the turf, or a long off season on the golf course. The Vancouver Warriors were looking to play spoilers to the Colorado Mammoth’s playoff hopes. 

The Mammoth, sitting fourth in the West, were trying to make a push for the playoffs as well as even their season series with the Warriors. Vancouver, though not playoff bound, were not to be taken lightly. They have found a cohesive culture in the second half of the season. 

Strong performances from Eli McLaughlin (5g,1a), Zed Williams (2g,2a), and Ty Thompson (2g) led the Mammoth’s convincing 12-5 win over the Vancouver Warriors Saturday evening.

To The Game:

In the first quarter Vancouver kicked it off with Kyle Killen opening the scoring converting a Chase Scanlan pass. Eli McLaughlin tied the score on the powerplay from Connor Robinson and Ty Thompson. Things did not stay even for long.  Shawn Evans gave Vancouver the lead with a power-play goal from Keegan Bal and Adam Charalambides. The quarter ended with Charalambides giving Vancouver a 3-1 lead with the help of Keegan Bal and Brandon Goodwin.

Second Quarter:

The second quarter started with Vancouver in control. Tyson Gibson however, closed the gap with support from Zed Williams.  Chase Scanlan replied with an unassisted goal giving the Warriors a 4-2 lead. Ryan Lee cut the lead down to one with an assist from McLaughlin.

Third Quarter:

It was the third quarter when the playoff contenders woke up and took over. The Mammoth replied with three goals. Tyson Gibson, Zed Williams and Ty Thompson all scored to give Colorado a 6-4 lead. 

Fourth Quarter:

To borrow a quote from Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption…I wish I could tell you that Vancouver was able to fend off the Mammoth and regain the lead, but life ain’t a dream…and the fourth quarter started. 

The fourth quarter had the Mammoth continue the assault. Thompson, Williams and McLaughlin expanded the lead, with Vancouver’s Killen replying with a power-play goal. The Warriors woes only expanded with two additional goals, including one on the powerplay. Kinnear would add the finishing touch with yet another power-play goal. The fourth frame ended with the Mammoth handily defeating the Vancouver Warriors 12-5.

Goalie Performances and Penalties 

Dillon Ward had a great night stopping 53 shots for Colorado. Aaron Bold stopped 43 in Vancouver’s net. However with 18 minutes of penalties Colorado had a substantial advantage including a penalty shot.

The Three Stars:

1. Eli McLaughlin
2. Zed Williams
3. Kyle Killen

Game Stats:

  • The shots on goal were 53-43 in favor of the Mammoth.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Colorado 15-6.
  • The loose ball battle went to the Mammoth 71-56.
  • Vancouver went 2 for 4 on the power-play, while Colorado went 2 for 7.

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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.