A Second Classic For the Weekend in the Arena League

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly- Part of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

A second overtime classic with the Sea Spray climbing to 4-1 with an extra time thriller against the now, 1-4 Black Fish, 13-12.

As you know, lacrosse is normally a game of “runs” and this was certainly no exception.

If nothing else, the Western Branch of the Arena Lacrosse League has demonstrated a few “nailbiters”.

Start the Action

The Black Fish jumped out to quick 2-0 lead with Jon Phillips (3g, 3a) scoring on the advantage at 11:19 followed by an even strength marker at the 10:34 mark.

Two minutes later Gordie Phillips (1g, 1a) would cut the lead in half followed by Nick Jensen (2g, 1a) restoring the two goal lead at 3-1.

Counter-punching with Sam Clare (5 a) setting up Nick Preston (1g, 3a) that brought the curtain down on the opening quarter with a 3-2 Black Fish edge.

Quarter Two

Things heated up on the offensive side with a combined eight markers.

It went to 4-2 off a Toru Morimatsu (1g, 1a) gem assisted by Phillips and Jordan Roberts at 13:25.

Tyler Kirkby (2g) had an answer before the Fish kicked off the game of runs.

Roberts (2g, 1a), Ethan M’Lot (1g, 2a), Chase McIntyre (2g, 5 helpers), and Isaac Bot (1g, 3a) all lit the lamp is just two minutes apart to seize an 8-3 advantage.

The Sea Spray caught an ocean breeze that closed the half at 8-5 furnished by a pair of Adam Dickson (3g,1a).

“We weren’t running on all cylinders and hard time getting out of neutral and I give full credit to that team (Black Fish), they played very physical and had a smart game plan,” said Sea Spray coach Russ Heard.

To The Third.

The Third Quarter was all Sea Spray with Rob Hofseth utilizing a long break out pass from netminder, Lee Jackman who hit Dalton Lupul in stride and Lupul promptly dishing off to Hofseth for his first of two on the day.

Next up it was John Hofseth (2g) who buried a Clare pass to cut to a one goal affair.

With just :09 showing on the clock, Kirkby got to an 8-8 game.

To The Drama

On the man advantage, John Hofseth converted a pretty feed from Nick Preston.to continue the Sea Spray rally with 10:37 left.

Preston Lupul (1g,1a).cashed in on a quick stick goal set up by Eli Batt (1a).

That pushed the run to seven goals with the Sea Spray claiming a 10-8 edge.

McIntyre at 6:08 followed at 4:44 by Jon Phillips got it knotted up at 10.

Jordan Roberts kept the Fish onslaught going with just 3:29 to play.

Rob Hofseth countered for the Black Fish and with just 2:40 to play, we had an 11-10 game.

Rob Hofseth evened things up just forty nine seconds later to set the stage for a frantic ending.

Adam Dickson, off a Lupul feed, seemingly ended the proceedings with 2:21 to play.

If you thought that was the clincher…think again.

Nick Jensen had something to say and got it back to an even game with 1:12 on the game clock.

Time would expire and the second game of the weekend was going a little longer.

Extra Time

Carter Dickson had just one point on one goal, but, he made it count, his good friend, Parker Kump set up Dickson to end the Thriller at the 8:36 mark.

“I told myself ‘don’t shoot five-hole’ and when the ball came out, it went five-hole,” explained Carter Dickson.


The Sea Spray had the edge with a 59-53 control of shots on goal.

Lee Jackman stopped 41 shots for the Sea Spray with counterpart, Gordy Bowden knocking away 46.

Gordie Phillips posted a pair of points while wresting 17 of 19 face-offs in the victory.

Man up saw the Black Fish register 1 goal on 7 tries with a man down score.

The Spray had nine chances with just one lamp lighter.

Another Thriller in Vancouver

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.