Albany With Statement in 9-8 Defeat of Division Rival, Philadelphia

Kevin.M. Neibauer

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Philadelphia became New England who became Albany so, would this game be Philadelphia vs. Philadelphia?

Of course not, but, thought provoking in a way?

Sub-plots a plenty in this one.

The main story was the combined 12 points from Joe Resetarits and Andrew Kew with a game flat out stolen by Albany net-minder, Doug Jamieson and a blanketing Fire Wolves defense.

Philadelphia matched Albany for the first 9:03, keeping shooters to the perimeter with both Goalies being able to knock awy low percentage chances.

This Could be Good or Boring

Depending on what you want in a game, if you like goaltending and defense and an occasional oddity, this was for you..

Resetarits (3g, 3a) finally solved Zach Higgins, who returned for the Philly nets, at 9:03 when he converted a pretty set up from Charlie Kitchen (1a) and journeyman, Jordan Durston (2a).

Not to be outdone, Colton Watkinson (1g) hit net at 12:05 set up by Resetarits

That would be all the scoring in the opening stanza

One Down, Three to Go

Resetarits picked up the only Power Play of tbe game off the first point of the afternoon from Andrew Kew to move it 3-0 at the 12:22 mark.

Philly was finally able to get into the “dirty zone” with Matt Rambo planting a left handed blast set up by the suddenly scoring proficient, Anthony Joaquim (1a) and Isaiah Davis- Allen (1a)to give Philly a bit of a push.

Andrew Kew (2g, 4a) put it back to a three goal Albany edge but,Corey Small (4g) answered four minutes later.

Just thirty six seconds after Small lit the lamp, the much traveled, Ryan Benesch (1g,1a), buried a set -up from, the red hot Resetarits.

Defensive specialist, Ian Llord (1g) thrilled the home town crowd with a break away tally at 10:17 that signaled the end of the first half scoring and Albany with a 5-3 advantage.

Quarter Three

The defensive intensity and the physical play was heating up, despite a clean very penalty nearly free game, a few incidents of chirping and shoving were rearing their head in a quarter that witnessed a simple two goals.

Kew kicked things off just :36 in followed with Small hitting rope at 11:19 with help from Big Cat Crowley to send us to the final stanza with Philly staring at a two goal deficit, 6-4.,

Now, It Gets Fun

After the buttoned down conservative first three quarters, things opened up and intrigue was nearing.

After 2:33, Jacob Ruest seemingly put this one to bed but, the Wings refused to read that bed time story.

Finally able to find cracks in the Albany defense, Crowley (1g, 3a), and a pair from Small in a span of Just 3:28 got things even at 7-7.

Albany fired back with Ruest at 10:37 and Resetarits at 12:27 seemed to seal the deal.

Albany had on more nail for the Philadelphia coffin when Kew scored from the doorstep with 1:40 remaining.

Wings Coach, Paul Day threw the challenge flag and the call was reversed as Kew had his foot on the crease line.

With new life, Philly went on the offensive and received a dividend with Blaze Riorden (1g) lighting the lamp off a beauty Crowley feed.

I’m the waning seconds, a wild goal mouth scramble ensued but, Albany was able to shut the door and tighten up the East Division in the early stages of tbe season.

Dis Dat and De Udder Thing

I mentioned oddities…no fewer than ten balls went into the stands….I know, who watches that?

In what could have been the rarest of rare…a delayed penalty on Albany…before the official’s hand went up, a wide Albany shot banged off the boards and bee lined to the Albany net.

The ball missed the net by no more than six inches.. that created a buzz…”If that went in, is it a goal?”

To my knowledge it would be.

A battle within a battle…two of the top face off guys absolutely put on a clinic.

It is a rare game when Trevor Baptiste gets handled but, Joe Nardella went 14 of 21.

Despite the low score, a total of 102 shots went on goal with Doug Jamieson saving 46 of 54

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.