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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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.