Action from Opening Saturday in the IBLA

Action from opening Saturday in the IBLA. Just about every roster in the IBLA is highlighted by a former or current professional player and despite a 16-8 final score that had the Salt City Eels (1-0) dominating the Saugerties Night Pandas in Empire North play, this one had a few backstories to keep your interest.

The Eels had a familiar name in the nets. Gowah Abrams turned aside 24 shots with Abrams and the defense shutting out the Pandas for 33:00 en route to an opening game victory at Burnet Park Turf. An 8-0 second period was the lynchpin in this one. After scoring with 3:52 remaining in the opening stanza, the Pandas would not light the lamp again until 9:48 was remaining in the tilt.

Tommy Costanza led all scorers with a four-goal outburst. Luke Schwartin, Jordan Jarvis (psst…Mike Cooper), Wade Bucktooth, and Brian Witner each added a pair with a single from Dennis Rammacher and a hat trick from Gerald Johnson paced the offense for the victors.

Matt Johnson put three behind Abrams with Jose Gomez notching a pair. Nico Brands, Sam Miller, and Alfredo Martinez added a goal apiece for the Night Pandas. Neither team took advantage of the power play. The Pandas going 0 for 5 and the Eels striking out on four chances. Shots favored the victors, 37-32 with Ken Alteric turning aside 21 for the Pandas. It was action from the opening Saturday for the IBLA.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.