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.

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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