Georgia Gets Caught in Riptide, 13-12

A historic night in the National Lacrosse League as both expansion teams pick up their first-ever victories.

The New York Riptide (1-5) welcomed the high powered Georgia Swarm (2-3) to Long Island on a blustery Saturday evening.

Both offenses were sputtering and the affair got off to a slow start.

At 11:43, journeyman Jordan Hall (2g,3a) put Georgia in front, 1-0. Scott Johnston (1g) got the equalizer just :11 later before Kieran McArdle (4 g) closed the first with New York leading,2-1.

The offenses started to get in gear in the second and the teams combined for five goals with McArdle adding his second with Georgia nailing four courtesy of Recently activated, Zach Miller (2g,1a), a man-up goal from Hall that was set up by the white-hot, Randy Staats (9a), Lyle Thompson (4g) and Miller’s second as we went to the half with Georgia Swarming. 5-3.

Georgia ran the score to 8-3 when Shayne Jackson (3g,2a) posted a natural hat trick in just over three minutes.

Tyson Gibson (2g. 2a) countered with a pair before Zed Williams (1g) closed the third with New York staring at a  9-5 disadvantage.

A ten goal final period was the order of the day and The Riptide found their happy place with 7 of the goals including a five goal run.

Jean-Luc Chetner (1g.1a) and Lyle Thompson kicked things with McCardle lighting the lamp just :29 after Thompson and New York went on a mission.

Dan Lomas (3g,2a), Cody Radziewicz (1g,1a), Lomas again and just two minutes later, Lomas for the third in the quarter moved the score to an 11-10 New York edge.

Lyle Thompson hit rope twice to flip the lead to Georgia, 12-11.

The fireworks were in full force and, with Alex Buque, the New York netminder, pulled, Gale Thorpe (1g) tied it up at the 14:59 mark.

To overtime, they would go and Dan McRae (1g) scored at the 2:10 Mark to make history and send the Riptide swimming to victory.

Dis and Dat: Shots on Goal leaned to the Swarm, 49-48 with loose balls were owned by New York, 82-78 with face-offs dominated by New York, 20 of 28.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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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.



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