Dive In.. Seals Drowning in Deep Slump

The San Diego Seals (9-7) dropped another one-goal game, they’re third in a row, this one to the Panther City Lacrosse Club (7-9),12-11. San Diego, like Buffalo, was the consensus best team in the NLL. Apparently, the notice was left unread. The Panther City Lacrosse Club gritted out an impressive come from behind, 12-11 victory.

Six Weeks Ago, the San Diego Seals Were Prom Kings with a 9-2 Record. Fast Forward Five Games and they Have Become the Nerdy Guy with the White Tape Holding Their Glasses Together.

To the Game

Despite their record, Panther City has shown they can play with any team in the NLL. A commanding 4-1, first period fueled by Will Malcolm (2g,3a), Patrick Dodds (2g,4a) with a two-goal three-point first. Phil Caputo (4g) and a second from Dodds matched by Austin Staats (2g,3a) ended the opening stanza with a 4-1 PC edge.

We Move On

Par for the NLL course, a wide-open second stanza with a combined eight goals, saw things get tight. Phil Caputo pushed the score to 5-1 with :53 played. At 3:08, Brett Hickey (3g,1a) stepped up to end the Panther City run. Jeremy Noble (2g,1a) complimented the Hickey goal at 7:43 to draw it to a 5-3 affair. 1:01 later, Dylan Hutchison (1g) reinstituted the PC three-goal advantage.

San Diego would surface with tallies from, Dane Dobbie (1g,4a), Hickey, and a pair from Shayne Jackson (2g, 3a) at 12:06 on the advantage and converting a Wes Berg (3a) and Austin Staats feed to cut it to a 7-5 game at the half with the Seals getting to the beach.

To the Third

Hickey got to 8-5 at the 1:33 mark but, was countered six minutes later by Malcolm. Jeremy Noble closed the back and forth third with San Diego still holding the lead at 9-7.

To the Fourth.

Nate Grenon (2a) accompanied by Josh Medeiros (1a) worked their magic with Cam Milligan (1g,1a) reaping the benefit to push it to a 9-8 affair. It would take all of 2:23 for a PCLC equalizer thanks to, Malcolm setting up Dean Fairall (1g). With 4:53 to play, Austin Staats gave what looked like a San Diego losing streak ender.

Save your breath as either a rousing comeback or a colossal setback, depending on your loyalties was about to unfold. Phil Caputo put home a pretty Dodds and Milligan set up on the advantage with 1:31 to play.

Overtime right? Not quite…Caputo donned a hero cape with 28 seconds to play to further muddle the playoff picture.


  • Shots were 55-38 for San Diego with Nick Damude stopping 45 of them for PC
  • In the opposing nets, Chris Origlieri played 11:19 stopping 4 shots and allowing a pair of goals.
  • The struggling Frank “The Tank” Scigliano went 48:41 with 23 saves and 9 goals
  • Power Plays were San Diego going 1 of 2 and Panther City hitting for 1 on 3 tries.
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.