Archers Strong Second Half Propels Them To Victory

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  –  A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

In the early game of day two in Fairfield, CT, the Archers (4-2) faced the Cannons (1-5) in Premier Lacrosse League action.

The goaltending match-up had Nick Marrocco for the Cannons facing Adam Ghitelman in net for the Archers.

A tale of two games.  The first half was all Cannons, but the second was all Archers.  Lyle Thompson had a huge game for the Cannons, but didn’t receive much help.  Although the Archers didn’t really get rolling until the third quarter, Will Manny (1g, 5a), Tom Schreiber (3g, 2a), Tre Leclaire (3g, 0a), and Connor Fields (3g, 1a) put together a balanced attack that sent them to a 17-12 victory.

To The Game:

Lyle Thompson made his presence felt immediately scoring twice, and assisting once in the Cannons initial 3-0 push.  Thompson scored his first at 4:35, then assisted on Bubba Fairman’s goal 0:10 seconds later.  Thompson then followed up with a howitzer at 5:23 beating Adam Ghitelman.  Scott Ratliff scored the Archers first goal in transition off a Will Manny pass, firing a laser past Nick Marrocco at 7:51.

After one quarter, Cannons 3 Archers 1.

***Of Note***

The assist from Lyle Thompson was his 100th career PLL assist.

Second Quarter:

Marcus Holman pulled the Archers within one goal converting a Will Manny pass at 2:05, but was answered by Jonathan Donville off a beautiful feed from Lyle Thompson at 4:06. 

Tom Schreiber fired a frozen rope from just inside the arc to the top corner at 10:19, but was answered back by Lyle Thompson scoring his third of the half just 0:07 seconds later. 

Matt Moore brought the Archers within one once again, scoring off a Tom Schreiber pass at 11:16, but Zach Goodrich finished an Asher Nolting pass at 11:45 to make it a two goal lead again.

At the half, Cannons 6 Archers 4.

Third Quarter:

Ryan Drenner opened the third quarter scoring for the Cannons converting a Stephen Rehfuss pass at 1:25.  Connor Fields scored for the Archers at 3:27, followed by Latrell Harris converting a Will Manny pass 0:14 seconds later.   Fields scored again on a great individual effort at 4:18 to tie the game. 

Tre Leclaire scored the next two goals. His first was in transition giving the Archers their first lead of the game off a Jared Conners feed at 6:17, followed by a power play goal off a Will Manny feed at 6:45.  Jon Robbins continued the Archers run scoring off a Grant Ament pass at 7:49. 

Lyle Thompson stopped the Archers six goal run with a beautiful individual effort for his fourth of the game.  Lyle was falling to the turf while firing a shot 5-hole at 8:58.

Holden Garlent fired a bounce shot from beyond the arc for two points to tie the game at 10:43, but a Connor Fields behind the back fake, then pass to Tom Schreiber gave the Archers the lead heading to the fourth quarter.

After three quarters, Archers 11 Cannons 10.

Fourth Quarter:

Matt Moore increased the Archers lead to two with a quick goal at 0:27 seconds, but Ryan Drenner answered back 0:27 seconds later.  Latrell Harris scored his second of the game off a Will Manny pass at 1:25, followed by Tom Schreiber finishing off a great play by Grant Ament 0:12 seconds later. 

Marcus Holman made a beautiful play coming from behind the net, firing across the crease to Will Manny who converted the feed for another Archers goal at 2:31.  Ryan Drenner scored his third of the game on a backhand shovel shot to the top corner off a Lyle Thompson pass at 4:11.

Tre Leclaire’s third goal of the game, followed by Connor Fields’s third goal of the game sealed the deal for the Archers.

Final score, Archers 17 Cannons 12.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 32-22 in favor of the Archers.
  • The faceoff battle went to the Archers 22-10.
  • Both teams went 0 for 1 on the power play.

Top Scorers:


  • Will Manny 1g, 6a
  • Tom Schreiber 3g, 2a
  • Connor Fields 3g, 1a


  • Lyle Thompson 4g, 3a
  • Ryan Drenner 3g, 0a
  • Holden Garlent 1-2 pt. g, 0a

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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.