The Georgia Swarm (7-4) visited the New York Riptide (1-12) at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island Saturday night, in front of a crowd of 5,207 fans.
The Swarm has had an up and down season, but look to be on the upswing again. Lyle Thompson, Shayne Jackson, and Randy Staats have led the way, with Mike Poulin playing steady in net. The Riptide are building for the future, trading Tyler Digby for draft picks, and adding Pat Saunders this past week, hoping to get a spark on offense.
The Riptide opened the scoring when newly acquired Pat Saunders (2g,1a) took a behind the back feed from Kieran McArdle scoring at 4:48 to take a 1-0 lead.
Gowah Abrams (Riptide goalie) was excellent in the first quarter, stopping the Swarm at every turn.
Dan MacRae (1g,0a) increased the New York lead firing a shot from the outside that beat Mike Poulin (Swarm goalie) low shortside, off a Gowah Abrams pass in transition at 13:15.
After one quarter, New York 2 Georgia 0.
Lyle Thompson (2g,5a) finally got Georgia on the board with a dive across the crease, beating Abrams at 12:01.
This was the best defensive half the Riptide had played all year.
At the half, New York 2 Georgia 1.
Shots on goal at halftime was 23-22 in favor of the Swarm.
The third quarter opened when Dan Lomas (1g,1a) scored off a Keiran McArdle pass at 1:21 restoring the two goal lead for the Riptide.
Brian Cole (2g,1a) ripped a Lyle Thompson pass past Gowah Abrams making this a one goal game again at 8:56, but Connor Kelly (1g,2a) got that back for New York as he fired a laser over Mike Poulin’s shoulder on the powerplay at 10:46.
Shayne Jackson (2g,1a) scored for Georgia off a Randy Staats pass at 11:23 to once again narrow the score to one goal, but Tyson Gibson (1g,2a) fired an outside shot past Poulin off a Travis Longboat pass at 11:52.
Brendan Bomberry (1g,0a) scored his first of the season for the Swarm at 12:33 from Adam Weidemann, but again the Riptide answered when Travis Longboat (1g,2a) converted a Connor Kelly pass at 13:17.
After three quarters, New York 6 Georgia 4.
Zed Williams (2g,1a) opened the fourth quarter scoring for Georgia, when he fired a Shayne Jackson pass in at 0:44 seconds, followed by Brian Cole scoring his second of the night off a Randy Staats pass at 1:33 to tie the game.
Things continued to unravel for New York when Tyson Bomberry took a five minute high sticking penalty.
Shayne Jackson scored his second of the night on the powerplay when he converted a Randy Staats pass at 4:34, followed by Lyle Thompson scoring off a Zach Miller feed at 6:25, also on the powerplay, for an 8-6 lead.
Pat Saunders broke the Georgia four goal run, scoring his second of the night off a Tyson Gibson pass, on the powerplay, at 6:46, but Zed Williams scored his second of the night off a Lyle Thompson pass, using Ethan Schott as a screen, at 8:22. Miles Thompson (1g,1a) picked up a rebound off a Lyle Thompson shot, burying it past Gowah Abrams at 9:54 for a 10-7 Swarm lead.
Randy Staats (1g,5a) added an empty net goal for the Swarm at 13:20 and that would seal the Riptide’s fate on this game.
Final score, Georgia 11 New York 7.
Shots on goal were 55-46 in favor of Georgia.
The loose ball battle went to the Swarm 85-68.
New York won the faceoff battle 13-9.
Georgia went 2 for 5 on the powerplay, while New York went 2 for 3.
The Three Stars:
1. Lyle Thompson Georgia
2. Randy Staats Georgia
3. Pat Saunders New York
Lyle Thompson 2g, 5a
Randy Staats 1g, 5a
Shayne Jackson 2g, 1a
Pat Saunders 2g, 1a
Connor Kelly 1g, 2a
Travis Longboat 1g, 2a
Georgia’s next game is Sunday March 8th at home against the Philadelphia Wings. Game time is 4pm
New York’s next game is at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, against the Wings on Saturday March 15th. Game time is 7pm.
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.