Comeback Falls Short

A comeback falls short, 16-13. The Baltimore Bombers (2-2) returned to the William J. Myers Pavilion to face the Westminster Wild (3-0) in a crucial IBLA Maryland battle. The affair was only 6 minutes old. The Bombers were staring at a 4-0 deficit courtesy of a Hunter Davis (1g) man-up goal. This was followed by Johnathan Thelen (2g,2a), Nate Howard (1g), and Will Smith (4g) converting a pretty setup from Justin Case (1a) and Spencer Love.

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Sean Reilly (1g) cut the deficit to 4-1 but, Thelen had an answer. Josh Sanchez (5G) countered. Doug Schulkin (1g), Mitchell Howell (3g) followed by Spencer Love (2g,3a) each lit the lamp to make it 8-2 after the first stanza. The Bombers took flight. They turned the tables with their own eight-goal period. This was fueled by, Ben Todd (3g,2a) notching a pair after Thelen set up Will Smith (4g). Not that Will Smith, pushed it a 9-2 game.

The Bombers were loaded and took flight. Todd set up Quinn Tallent (1g) followed by markers from, Thomas Bethune (2g), Todd with a pretty feed that Sanchez buried. Todd getting his third off a Kyle Worsely (1a) set up that closed it to a 9-8 game. Love was the playmaker on a Howell man-advantage marker. Hunter Davis (1g) widening the margin to 11-8 to close the second.

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Howell and Love hit net a minute twenty seconds apart with Sanchez supplying a man-up answer. Thelen then Thelen setting up Smith countered by Sanchez brought us to the final :20 when the Thelen-Sanchez combo went back to work to end the 16-13 contest.

With the victory, the Wild sit at the top of the Maryland standings with the Bombers behind them. Shots on goal had The Wild with a 43-27 advantage with Christian Koch stopping 14 of the 27 for the Wild. The Bombers used both netminders with Julian Flores turning aside 5 of the 13 shots he faced in his twenty minutes. Ian Callahan went the final two stanzas making 22 saves on the 30 shots he faced. A comeback falls short for the Bombers.

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.