Del Bianco Stellar In Adanacs Win

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

The Coquitlam Adanacs (3-2) visited the Victoria Shamrocks (3-1) in a battle of the top teams in the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Friday night.   The game was played at the Q Centre in front of 2,316 fans.

To The Game:

The Adanacs got off to a fast start with two quick goals from Matt Delmonico (4g,2a).  The first goal was off a Vinny Ricci pass at 2:24, followed just 0:35 seconds later converting a John Hofseth pass to make the score 2-0. 

Jackson Nishimura (1g,1a) got one back for the Shamrocks in transition, but was answered back by Brett Draper (2g,1a), who made no mistake on the Connor Stroup feed.  Jake Foster (1g,0a) scored for Victoria at 14:55 to narrow the lead to just a goal.

After one period, Coquitlam 3 Victoria 2.

Shots on goal were an astounding 24-10 in favor of Victoria.

Second Period:

Coquitlam began the second quickly as well with Matt Delmonico scoring his third of the game off a Brett Draper pass at 3:19.  Marshal King (1g,2a) converted brother Jesse’s feed on the power play at 6:05, followed by Matt Yager (1g,0a) tying the game up at 7:34.

The Adanacs put it in another gear at this point, scoring three quick goals.  Levi Anderson (3g,1a) scored off a Matt Delmonico feed at 8:52, followed by Delmonico with his fourth of the contest, and Vinny Ricci (1g,4a) on the power play at 12:48.

The Shamrocks got one back on the power play when Larson Sundown (3g,0a) fired in a Jesse King pass at 17:32.

After two periods, Adanacs 7 Shamrocks 5.

Shots on goal were even more lopsided with Victoria leading 23-5, for a game total of 47-15.

Third Period:

Coquitlam extended their lead to 8-5 on a goal by Levi Anderson on the power play at 1:17.  Larson Sundown got it back on a delayed penalty call with the extra attacker on the floor.  Sundown converted a pass from Jesse King at 2:12, but Brett Draper answered back quickly unassisted at 4:48.  Levi Anderson scored his third of the game off a John Hofseth pass on the power play at 6:42 to give the Adanacs a commanding 10-6 lead.

The action became wide open, with a number of end to end rushes by both squads, but both Del Bianco for Coquitlam, and Colin Jeffrey for the Shamrocks stood tall in net.

John Hofseth (2g,2a) increased the Adanacs lead at 13:58, but was answered by Larson Sundown with his third of the night at 15:30.  Nick Preston (1g,0a) scored in transition for Victoria off a Jackson Nishimura pass just 0:17 seconds later, but John Hofseth stopped the Shamrocks mini-run with an unassisted exclamation point at 17:40.

Victoria tried to answe, but as he was all night, Christian Del Bianco was exceptional, keeping the Shamrocks off the score sheet to end the game.

Final score, Coquitlam 12 Victoria 8

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 18-15 in favor of Victoria, for a game total of 65-30.
  • Patrick Corbett went 19 of 23 for the Shamrocks on faceoffs.
  • Coquitlam was 3 for 3 on the power play, while Victoria was 2 for 6.

The Three Stars:

  • First Star………..Christian Del Bianco
  • Second Star……Matt Delmonico
  • Third Star……….Larson Sundown

Top Scorers:

Coquitlam Adanacs:

  • Matt Delmonico 4g, 2a
  • Vinny Ricci 1g, 4a
  • Levi Anderson 3g, 1a

Victoria Shamrocks:

  • Jesse King 0g, 5a
  • Larson Sundown 3g,0a
  • Marshal King 1g, 2a

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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.