Georgia’s Playoff Hopes Still Alive With Victory Over Riptide

The New York Riptide headed south for a  rematch against the Georgia Swarm at Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia.

The Georgia Swarm (5-8) and New York Riptide (4-11) went head-to-head last week on Long Island which resulted in the Swarm winning 13-8.  Georgia strung up six-straight goals to kick off the game with Lyle Thompson recording a hat trick only 17 minutes into the affair. Teammate Andrew Kew tallied a hat trick in the second quarter and two more goals in the third along with four assists to lead the floor in points with nine. Jeff Teat was once again the Riptide’s top offensive threat, notching four goals and three assists.

The goaltending match-up had Cam Dunkerly in net for the Riptide facing Brett Dobson in net for Georgia.

The Riptide made a much more conscious effort to tie up the Swarm offense, holding them to just one goal in the first.  However, Georgia did awaken in the second.  Six of the seven goals scored in the quarter were from the Swarm, breaking the game open for a 7-2 lead at the half.

Led by Bryan Cole (5g,1a) and Brendan Bomberry (2g,3a), the Swarm controlled the game most of the night.  Keeping Jeff Teat to just two assists grinded the Riptide offense to a halt, en route to a 12-7 victory.

Georgia has now won five of their last six games, and have put themselves in the conversation for playoffs.

To The Game:

The Swarm opened the scoring when Brendan Bomberry fired a shot high to low off an Andrew Kew feed at 4:31, but Reilly O’Connor tied the game shooting five-hole on Dobson off a Jeff Teat pass at 10:28. 

After one quarter, Georgia 1 New York 1.

Second Quarter:

Georgia opened the second quarter with Zach Miller scoring with a dive from behind the net converting a Shayne Jackson pass at 3:08, followed by Bryan Cole converting a Seth Oakes feed from in front of the net 0:27 seconds later. 

Tyler Digby got one back firing a howitzer off a Damon Edwards pass coming out of the corner at 4:12, but Bryan Cole answered him scoring from the top of the crease off a fake at 7:38. 

Kason Tarbell scored shorthanded for the Swarm off an Adam Wiedemann pass at 10:50, followed by Brendan Bomberry’s second goal of the game off a fake at 13:47.  Andrew Kew scored a power-play goal with only 0:00.5 seconds left in the quarter to give Georgia a commanding lead heading to halftime.

At the half, Georgia 7 New York 2. 

Third Quarter:

Reilly O’Connor opened the third quarter scoring converting a Larson Sundown pass at 7:39, but was answered by Seth Oakes converting a Jordan MacIntosh feed in transition at 8:56.

Mike Burke scored on the power-play to narrow the Swarm margin to 8-4, but Bryan Cole’s third of the night diving across the crease restored the five goal lead. 

After three quarters, Georgia 9 New York 4.

Fourth Quarter:

Connor Kearnan opened the fourth quarter scoring converting a Matt Marinier pass at 2:49.  Bryan Cole’s fourth and fifth of the night broke the game wide open.  His fourth, a howitzer from the outside on the power-play off a Shayne Jackson feed at 4:15, followed by a rebound from behind the net off a Lyle Thompson blast at 8:12.

John Ranagan added an empty net goal at 12:45, but the Riptide kept plugging.  Mike Burke scored his second of the night off a Reilly O’Connor feed at 13:09, followed by Tyler Digby driving to net for another Riptide goal at 13:36.

Final score, Georgia 12 New York 7.

The Three Stars:

  1. Bryan Cole
  2. Brett Dobson
  3. Brendan Bomberry

Game Stats:

  • Georgia outshot the Riptide 48-43.
  • The faceoff battle went to the Swarm 11-9
  • The loose ball battle was won rather easily by Georgia 75-49.
  • Both teams went 1 for 5 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

New York Riptide:

  • Reilly O’Connor 2g, 1a
  • Connor Kearnan 1g, 2a
  • Mike Burke 2g, 0a

Georgia Swarm:

  • Bryan Cole 5g, 1a
  • Brendan Bomberry 2g, 3a
  • Andrew Kew 1g, 4a

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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.