Battle in ALL West

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly-Part of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

Sea Spray Improve to 3-1with 18-11 defeat of the Shooting Eagles who fall to 1-3.

To The Action

The Shooting Eagles started the scoring with 1:09 played when Dylan Lacroix (1g) converted passes from Greg Lunde and Dean Fairall.

Keegan Bell, who was a scratch for the Vancouver Warriors, kicked off his 5 goal, two assist contest.

“It is just me playing my game. I am not really thinking about proving anything to anybody,” he offered. “I just come out here and play for my team, whatever jersey I have on. I got the opportunity to play today and luckily things went my way.” stated Bell.

The Sea Spray fell behind 3-1 with Lunde (2g, 4a)) cashing in on the work of Fairall and Coady Adamson at the 11:58 mark.

Just :39 seconds elapsed until Fairall set up Jake Foster (2g, 2a) and it appeared the Shooting Eagles were running away and hiding.

Bell made it 3-2 with an unassisted marker at 10 :54 but, Mark Yingling (2g, 3a) buried one off a set up from Foster and Fairall.

Sea Spray took the hit and answered off a Tyler Kirkby (4g, 2a) that closed the opening stanza with a 4-3 Eagles advantage.

Quarter Two

The Sea Spray made it a three goal run thanks to Preston Lupul (2g) lamp lighter at 12:07 followed at 10:29 by Adam Dickson (1g, 3a) marker that made it a 5-4 Sea Spray edge.

Dean Fairall (3g,6a) went from play maker to goal scorer to get it knotted up again.

The Fairall goal lit a fire under the Sea Spray promptly who promptly displayed their offense with face-off specialist, Geordie Phillips bagging his two goals 2:06 apart, Dickson.setting up Kirkby, Bell assisting on a Ryan Heard (1g, 1a) marker with the uprising ending with John Hofseth (2g, 2a) pushing it to a 10-5 Sea Spray lead.

With just :48 remaining, Fairall ended the insurgency and the half with the Eagles facing a four goal deficit.

Third Stanza

The Third Quarter only witnessed three tallies with two belonging to the Spray.

Lunde and Fairall started the power play prowess with a set-up that Yingling buried.

Bell set up Hofseth on an even strength marker before Fairall added a second man advantage goal to increase the lead to 11-8 after 45:00.

Wind It Down Time

Kirkby and Bell exchanged power play goals with Kirkby hitting an even strength tally with 7:56 to play.

It was Lunde and Bell exchanging lamp lighters to make it a 15-9 affair.

Foster and Coady Adamson (1g, 1a) got it a bit closer at 15-11.

Parker Kump (1g, 2a), and Dalton Lupul supplying one more with :36 remaining and the curtain closed on the 18-11 slugfest.

Inside the Game

Shots went the way of the Sea Spray, 58-48.

Sea Spray face-off specialist, Geordie Phillips was an astounding 22 of 31 with a pair of goals.

Sea Spray went 2 for 8 on the advantage with the Eagles posting a 2 for 4.

Andrew Gallant stopped 40 Sea Spray shots with counterpart, Lee Jackman making 34 saves in just over fifty two minutes and was spelled by Ashton Leclair with his 6 saves on 9 shots.

“The guys were just shooting well and playing hard. We were preaching on the bench to stay disciplined and focus on our game and that paid off in the end. The guys bought into it,” said Sea Spray coach Andy Ogilvie.

Sea Spray with statement victory.

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.

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