The Rochester Knighthawks (3-5) looked to halt a four-game skid when they hosted the Georgia Swarm (6-4) on Military Salute Night at Segar & Sciortino Field at The Blue Cross Arena.
Despite a six-goal fourth quarter and a huge 11 point effort from forward Ryan Smith, the Knighthawks came up a goal short in a narrow 15-14 loss to the Buffalo Bandits this past Saturday at KeyBank Center. Georgia halted a three game slide with a 12-11 overtime victory over the Vancouver Warriors.
The win came on the strength of an eight-point performance from Andrew Kew while newcomer Seth Oakes led Georgia with a season-high five goals.
For the second year in a row, the Swarm make their lone trip to Rochester fueled by the high-scoring trio of Lyle Thompson, Shayne Jackson and Kew, who have combined for 56 goals, 78 assists and 134 points through nine games this season.
Connor Fields and Ryan Smith have combined for 45 goals and 92 points through Rochester’s first seven games, making them the third-best point-producing twosome in the league. Only Buffalo’s Josh Byrne and Dhane Smith (106) and San Diego’s Wesley Berg and Austin Staats (99) have collectively recorded more points this season.
The goaltending match-up had Brett Dobson in net for Georgia facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for the Knighthawks.
Georgia was able to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead controlling the tempo of the game throughout the first half. Although the Knighthawks put up a fight, everytime they seemed to get on track, the Swarm seemingly had an answer. Bryan Cole led the way for Georgia with three first half goals, while Andrew Kew had three helpers.
The second half had a feistier Knighthawks team took it to the Swarm. After a couple of Andrew Kew goals to start the third, the Knighthawks rhymed off seven of the next nine goals to tie the game with just over six minutes left. Both teams had opportunities to win, but with just 0:24.8 seconds left, Andrew Kew gave Georgia the lead and eventual win. Georgia pulls it out 14-12.
To The Game:
The Swarm opened the scoring when Seth Oakes beat Riley Hutchcraft with a high to low shot off a Zach Miller pass at 3:15, followed by Brendan Bomberry with a shot that just squeaked in for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Knighthawks finally got on the board when Austin Hasen blasted a Connor Fields pass from the top of the crease at 12:43, but Georgia answered shorthanded when Bryan Cole scored in transition off a Brandon Bomberry pass with just 0:05.3 seconds left in the quarter.
After one quarter, Georgia 3 Rochester 1.
Lyle Thompson opened the second quarter scoring with a quick stick off a pass from Shayne Jackson on the power-play at 2:34. The Knighthawks answered when Ryan Smith dove from behind the net dunking it in at 3:05, followed by Ryan Lanchbury with a screen shot that beat Brett Dobson off a Thomas McConvey feed at 4:46.
The Swarm answered with a give and go between Bryan Cole and Brendan Bomberry on the power-play with Cole scoring at 6:58. Then adding to the lead with a tic-tac-toe play between Liam Byrnes, Andrew Kew and Shayne Jackson. Jackson scoring from in close at 8:07.
Rochester got one back on the power-play with Thomas McConvey getting his own rebound and making no mistake at 10:04. Georgia got it back on the power-play when Bryan Cole scored his third of the night from in close off an Andrew Kew feed at 12:46.
At the half, Georgia 7 Rochester 4.
Georgia opened the third quarter with Andrew Kew scoring twice. His first was from in close off a Lyle Thompson pass at 0:56 seconds, followed by a laser off a Seth Oakes feed at 2:25.
The Knighthawks answered quickly on the power-play when Austin Hasen scored off a Ryan Smith pass at 4:03, but Georgia again answered when Bryan Cole scored his fourth of the night off a Shayne Jackson pass 0:24 seconds later.
Rochester got back on the board with a blast from the outside from Connor Fields off an Austin Hasen feed at 10:12, followed by a dunk from behind the net by Kyle Waters off a Ryan Smith pass at 12:03. Thomas McConvey pulled the Knighthawks within two when he scored from in close off a Connor Fields pass at 12:54.
Georgia stopped the bleeding with a long lead pass from Brett Dobson to Jordan MacIntosh, who made no mistake on a breakaway at 14:18.
After three quarters, Georgia 11 Rochester 8.
The Knighthawks got on the board when Thomas McConvey picked up a loose ball from in close making no mistake at 0:56 seconds. Georgia came back with a quick break that had Andrew Kew finish off a Jordan MacIntosh feed at 4:52. Rochester kept pressing, and were rewarded when Ryan Lanchbury fired a howitzer off a Connor Fields pass 0:18 seconds later.
Rochester brought the game within one goal on the power-play when Ryan Smith beat Brett Dobson off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 6:33, then got the home fans on their feet tying the game with an unassisted tally from Smith at 8:43.
With just 0:24.8 seconds left Andrew Kew finished off a Brandon Bomberry feed for the game winner, then for good measure an empty net goal with just 0:04 seconds left by Bryan Cole to end the game.
Final score, Georgia 14 Rochester 12.
The Three Stars:
1. Andrew Kew
2. Bryan Cole
3. Ryan Smith
- Shots on goal were 59-42 for Rochester.
- The faceoff battle went to the Knighthawks 19-11.
- Rochester won the loose ball battle 76-63.
- Georgia went 4 for 5 on the power-play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.
- Rochester went 3 for 8 on the power-play.
- Bryan Cole 5g, 2a
- Andrew Kew 4g, 3a
- Lyle Thompson 1g, 4a
- Connor Fields 1g, 8a
- Ryan Lanchbury 2g,5a
- Ryan Smith 3g, 3a
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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.
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