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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