History Made with Panther City Victory


by “Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

The Panther City Lacrosse Club visited Nassau Live Center on Saturday night to play the New York Riptide in a key matchup of winless teams.

Panther City had played on both sides of the holiday break, losing close contests to Colorado and San Diego. Meanwhile, the Riptide had not played in over a month, with their late December game being postponed due to covid.

However, both teams came to play, and provided perhaps the most exciting game of Week 7. PCLC earned the first win in franchise history with a 13-12 overtime triumph. New York falls to 0-4 on the season with the loss.

Covid strikes Panther City

Things looked rather grim for Panther City even before the opening faceoff happened. Six of their players were put on the Covid Protocol List. The players included team captain Chad Cummings, leading scorer Phil Caputo, goaltender Nick Damude, and defensemen Matt Hossack, Connor Sellars, and Liam Patten, whose four transition goals currently leads the league.

To The Action

The roster moves did nothing to faze the expansion squad, as they opened the game with a 4-goal run. 2021 first-round draft pick Nathan Grenon (2g) beat Riptide netminder Gowah Abrams off a broken play just 1:21 into the game.

Patrick Dodds (3g, 5a), the reigning Rookie of the Week, continued his stellar play of late, finding twine at 5:32. Four minutes later, lefty forward Taite Cattoni (3g, 4a) would begin his big night, followed by Grenon again 10 seconds later, extending the lead off the ensuing faceoff.

The Riptide, who have struggled mightily in the first quarter of each game so far this season, finally broke through at 10:21. Jake Fox (3g) put a dunk attempt past PCLC goalie Kevin Orleman (41 saves), playing in place of Damude, to make it 4-1. Then Kieran McArdle (1g, 3a) netted a power play marker at 12:23.

Back to even strength, Cattoni scored his second goal just twenty seconds later. Jeff Teat (3g, 2a; 14:07) responded with some nifty stick work in front of the crease to cut the lead to 5-3 in favor of PCLC as the first quarter came to a close.

Panther City Pours it On

The second quarter was all Panther City on the scoreboard, as New York continued to try to shake off the rust of not playing for 4 weeks. Dawson Theede (2g, 1a; 1:32), Will Malcom (2g, 3a; 7:37), and Cattoni’s hat trick goal (12:54) extended the lead to 8-3, and chased Abrams from the game.

Steven Orleman, the younger brother of PCLC goalie Kevin, came into the game in relief. The Riptide had numerous scoring chances in transition, primarily with Scott Dominey and Damon Edwards pushing the pace, to no avail.

Kearnan, Teat, Fox Take Over

Finding themselves in need of players, PCLC re-signed forward Jack Jasinski shortly before the game. Jasinski, wearing the jersey of a former PCLC player, scored his first career goal at 2:45 of the third quarter.

Down 9-3, the Riptide were not going out without a fight.

. Over the next 21 minutes of the second half, New York would outscore Panther City 7-1 to tie the game at 10. Jake Fox went back-to-back (3:07, 4:05) to complete his hat trick before exiting the game with an undisclosed injury.

Connor Kearnan (4g, 2a) followed with his first of the night at 5:20.
Dodds (1:23) responded with his second goal to start the fourth quarter.

New York then tallied the last 4 goals of their game-tying run. A pair of shorthanded goals by Dominey (4:33) and Teat (5:57), then Kearnan’s second on a power play (7:42) and Teat’s hat trick goal (8:07), and we had a nail-biter in the making.

The teams went tit-for-tat over the last seven minutes. Malcom’s second (8:40), Theede’s second (11:45), and Kearnan’s third and fourth goals (9:45; 12:00) gave the fans their money’s worth as the game went to overtime tied at 12.

A Wild Finish

The extra frame of play saw not one, but two potential goal scoring attempts go to the booth for review. First, Callum Crawford (7a) appeared to score a highlight-reel game-winner for the Riptide, but replays showed his foot in the crease.

Then Dodds looked as if he’d closed out the game for Panther City. However, he was whistled for a crease violation that was upheld by review.

Finally, after almost 11 minutes of extra time (10:50), Dodds made history, beating Steven Orleman short side for his hat trick goal. This time, there were no doubts about foot placement, and PCLC celebrated the biggest milestone in their history to date.


3 Stars of the Game

1st Star: Patrick Dodds
2nd Star: Connor Kearnan
3rd Star: Jeff Teat

Other Stats of Note
Power Play: PCLC 0 of 5; NY 2 of 3
Liam Byrnes (PCLC) and Scott Dominey (NY) led all players with 12 loose balls each
Jay Thorimbert (NY): 15 of 29 on faceoffs
Abrams (NY): 12 saves; Steven Orleman (NY): 16 saves
Dominey (NY): 5 caused turnovers.

“I got a close one called back a couple of possessions before,” said Dodds, who scored three goals and had five assists. “I had almost the same shot I had the possession before … I’m happy it went in!”

Dodds commented on the extra time marker.

History Made in the National Lacrosse League

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.