Big Fourth Quarter Brings Rock To Victory

The Colorado Mammoth (4-9) visited the Toronto Rock (11-2) at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday evening in front of 9,220 fans.  This was the first time the teams had met since January 12th, 2019 where the Rock edged the Mammoth 11-10.

The Rock have averaged 12.5 goals per-game this season. Toronto has managed to surpass its season average in three of its past four performances, which include 16, 9, 16 and 15-goal efforts.  Colorado will need to be firing on all cylinders if they hope to keep up with the score-friendly squad, as the Mammoth have averaged just 10.75 goals per-game, partially in thanks to the team’s recent 18-goal performance against the New York Riptide.  Mammoth forward Eli McLaughlin (30g,36a) sits tied with Toronto Rock forward Mark Matthews (20g,46a) with the 10th-most points amongst all NLL scorers this season. 

Dillon Ward and his veteran-led defensive unit have relinquished an average of 12.67 goals per-game. The Rock are allowing just 9.67 goals per-game through the team’s first 12 contests of the season, as goaltender Nick Rose is once again putting up numbers to be in the Goaltender of the Year conversations. 

The goaltending match-up had Dillon Ward in net for Colorado facing Nick Rose in net for Toronto.

In the first half, showing again that this is a game of runs, Toronto jumped out to a 4-0 lead.  Colorado battled back in the second scoring four themselves, including a shorthanded goal.  The Rock went to the dressing room up by one when Chris Boushy finished a Mark Matthews pass on the power-play.

Colorado put together a strong third quarter, putting the Rock on the defensive for a majority of the quarter, but Toronto turned the tables in the fourth.  Scoring five times, while holding the Mammoth off the board, gave the Rock their eleventh win of the year, 12-7.

To The Game:

The Rock opened the scoring with Dan Litner converting a Mark Matthews pass while falling down in front of the net at 1:45.  Lintner blasted his second of the night off a Dan Craig feed from in close at 11:16, followed by Tom Schreiber with a laser from outside off a Chris Boushy pass just 0:26 seconds later. Toronto added another when Josh Dawick fired a screen shot from the outside off a Dan Craig pass at 13:18.

After one quarter, Toronto 4 Colorado 0.

Second Quarter:

Colorado got on the board on the power-play when Eli McLaughlin scored from in close off a Connor Robinson pass at 4:05, followed by Tyler Garrison with a spin shot from the top of the crease 0:23 seconds later.  The Mammoth got within one when Jordan Gilles converted a Brett Craig feed at 5:03, then tied the game when Joey Cupido scored shorthanded on a long lead pass from Dillon Ward at 8:29.

Chris Boushy regained the Rock lead scoring on the power-play from in close off a Mark Matthews pass at 10:16. 

At the half, Toronto 5 Colorado 4.

Third Quarter:

Colorado opened the second half scoring when  Eli McLaughlin scored from the top of the crease off a Chris Wardle pass at 3:01, followed by Tyson Gibson scoring on the power-play off a Zed Williams pass at 4:46.

Toronto tied the game when Dan Craig blasted a shot towards the Colorado goal.  Ward make the initial save but the momentum had the ball roll into the net at 10:24. 

The Mammoth answered when Tyson Gibson blasted a Zed Williams pass from the outside at 12:20, but the Rock tied the game when Dan Lintner dove across the crease scoring his third of the game unassisted at 14:49.

After three quarters, Colorado 7 Toronto 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Zack Kearney opened the fourth quarter scoring for Toronto from in close off a Corey Small feed at 1:41, followed by Mitch de Snoo in transition just 0:15 later to grab a two goal lead.

Tom Schreiber added to the lead scoring off a Corey Small pass at 5:25, followed by Chris Weier with an empty net goal in transition at 12:41.  Toronto scored once more when Mark Matthews beat Dillon Ward from in close off a Tom Schreiber feed at 13:04.

Final score, Toronto 12 Colorado 7.

***Of note, Nick Rose passed Dallas Eliuk for 5th all time in saves by an NLL goaltender with 6,357 saves.

The Three Stars:

1. Nick Rose
2. Mitch de Snoo
3. Dan Lintner

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored the Rock 58-45.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by Toronto 20-4.
  • The loose ball battle went to the Rock as well 77-50.
  • Colorado went 2 for 2 on the power-play, and scored a shorthanded goal.
  • Toronto went 1 for 4 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Colorado Mammoth:

  • Eli McLaughlin 2g, 0a
  • Tyson Gibson 2g, 0a
  • Zed Williams 0g, 2a
  • Brett Craig 0g, 2a
  • Connor Robinson 0g, 2a

Toronto Rock:

  • Mark Matthews 1g, 6a
  • Tom Schreiber 2g, 4a
  • Chris Boushy 1g, 3a

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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.