History Made as Knighthawks Hold On, 13-12

The two newest franchises in the National Lacrosse League met up in the Blue Cross Arena as the New York Riptide (1-11) ventured into Rochester to battle the Knighthawks in what may be a battle for the first overall pick in the entry draft.

Tyson Gibson and Dan Lomas was the story for New York despite the loss.

The inability to play a full sixty minutes doomed the Riptide yet again.

Although they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when the aforementioned Tyson Gibson (2g,5a) started his “coming out” party with 1:13 played.

Connor Kelly (3a) and Gibson teamed up to help Dan Lomas (6g,2a) start his record-setting night.

It took 1:33 for Dan Michel (2g,1a) to net his two goals to get it evened you at 2-2.

Lomas became playmaker and sent a pass the Gibson deposited to end the first with New York holding a 3-2 edge.

Ryland Rees (1g,1a) got it tied up again and Rochester was getting its groove on.

Gibson and Kelly went to work on the man advantage with Lomas finishing to give the Riptide a lead.

Rochester nailed the final goals of the half courtesy of Holden Cattoni (4g,2a) and Mark Cockerton (2g,2a) to set the stage for a major run in the third and the home team boasting a 5-4 lead.

Following the script, New York fell asleep in the third quarter and was torched by a five-goal in just over four minutes.

Phil Caputo (2g,3a) and Cattoni were the catalysts on a power-play working the ball to Turner Evans (2g) who buried it at the :53 mark.

Doug Utting (1g) added an unassisted goal that was also on the advantage at 2:29.

Just fifty-one seconds later, Caputo bagged his second.
Cockerton buried a transition goal off a play started by Curtis Knight (8a) and Knight would then add the helper on the second goal of the quarter from Turner Evans at the 4:33 mark.

Kieran McArdle (1g,2a) and Gale Thorpe (1g,1a) quelled the rally to get it to a manageable 10-6.

Cattoni added a pair of assists from Knight to get it back to a six-goal lead heading to the final stanza.

Cattoni wasn’t quite finished and neither was Knight and the two teamed up for the fourth Cattoni goal.

Suddenly, New York came to life and waged a serious comeback with Travis Longboat (1g,2a), on the man up, John Wagner (1g) with a shorthanded marker.

It then became the Dan Lomas show as he rattled off four goals in just seven minutes that gives Lomas the team record for points in a game

Rylan Hartley, who was outstanding all night, slammed the door and Rochester held on to the 13-12 win.

Dis and Dat:

Shots on Goal favored New York, 61-48 with New York also scooping more loose balls, 80-72.

Rochester went 2 of 4 on the advantage while the Riptide posted 2 of 3.

Alex Woodall was dominating for New York going 22 of 29 from the “X”.

Another rough out for Alex Buque who logged 52:13 allowing 10 goals on 39 shots.

Gowah Abrams spelled Buque and surrendered 3 goals off 9 shots.

A Star is Born? Rylan Hartley was outstanding in winning his first NLL game. The rookie faced 61 shots and stopped 49.

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.