Late Comeback Propels Rock To Victory

“Indigenous Heritage” night in San Diego’s Pechanga Arena had the Toronto Rock (10-2) facing the San Diego Seals (8-4) in NLL action Saturday night.

Both teams were in action the previous night.  Toronto beat the Desert Dogs in Las Vegas 16-11, and the Seals beat Panther City in overtime 10-9 in Fort Worth. 

This was a match-up of equally strong teams.  On faceoffs, two of the best in the business with TD Ierlan facing Trevor Baptiste.  Offensively, the Seals led with Wes Berg, Dane Dobbie, Curtis Dickson and Austin Staats.  Toronto countered with Mark Matthews, Chris Boushy, Corey Small and Tom Schreiber.   Defensively San Diego had Drew Belgrave, Kyle Rubisch, Kellen LeClair and Cam Holding.  Toronto countered with Brad Kri, Mitch de Snoo, Sheldon Burns and Bill Hostrawser.


The goaltending match-up had Nick Rose in net for Toronto facing Chris Origlieri in net for the Seals.

In a first half scoringfest, both teams offenses were firing on all cylinders.   Corey Small and Chris Boushy led the way for Toronto with a pair of goals each.  San Diego’s offense was led by Austin Staats with three goals, with both Wes Berg and Jacob Dunbar scoring a pair, for a 10-9 Seals lead at the half.

A much more tame second half saw the Seals with the lead with only a few minutes left.  Toronto with goals by Dan Lintner, Tom Schreiber and Mitch de Snoo with under two minutes left snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.   Final score was 15-13 in favor of the Rock.

To The Game:

Tom Schreiber opened the scoring with a low to low shot just 0:21 seconds into the contest, but Jacob Dunbar tied the game on a beautiful individual effort at 1:17.  Mark Matthews answered immediately off a Phil Mazzuca pass just 0:09 seconds later, followed by Dan Lintner with a blast off a Mitch de Snoo feed at 2:31.

Austin Staats got the Seals within one with a high to low shot while falling to the ground off a Jacob Dunbar pass at 7:33, followed by Wes Berg with a quick stick from out front off a Tre LeClaire feed at 8:05.

The Rock got the lead once again when Chris Corbeil finished a Mark Matthews pass at 9:09, but the Seals answered with Tre LeClaire scoring from in close off a Dane Dobbie pass 0:27 seconds later.

Chris Boushy gave Toronto the lead with a low to low shot off a Tom Schreiber pass at 9:49.  San Diego tied it once again on the power-play when Jacob Dunbar scored from in close off an Austin Staats pass at 12:43, then took the lead on a blast from Wes Berg also on the power-play with just 0:01 second left in the quarter.

After one quarter, San Diego 6 Toronto 5.

Second Quarter:

Toronto opened the second with Corey Small firing a laser off a Mark Matthews pass at 0:21 seconds, but was answered by a shorthanded goal from the Seals with Dane Dobbie finishing off a Jacob Dunbar pass at 2:55.

Toronto scored on the power-play when Corey Small scored from in close off a Mark Matthews feed at 3:26, but Austin Staats answered off a Dane Dobbie feed at 4:59.  Tom Schreiber scored with a great individual effort off a Mitch de Snoo pass at 8:42.  The goal was the 200th in Tom Schreiber’s career.

Dane Dobbie answered picking the far corner off a Wes Berg pass at 9:58, followed by Austin Staats with a low blast from the outside off a Kyle Jackson pass at 9:30.  Chris Boushy got one back for the Rock with an outside shot off a Mark Matthews pass at 13:23.

At the half, San Diego 10 Toronto 9.

Third Quarter:

After almost ten scoreless minutes Marley Angus scored in transition for Toronto off a Bill Hostrawser pass at 9:28.  But, on a five minute power-play, Dane Dobbie scored from in close off an Austin Staats pass at 10:07 to give the Seals the lead once again. 

After three quarters,  San Diego 11 Toronto 10.

Fourth Quarter:

On the power-play, the Rock evened the score once again when Mark Matthews blasted a Chris Boushy pass at 0:40 seconds, followed by Corey Small giving the Rock the lead at 1:31.

The Seals tied the game once more on the power-play when Tre LeClaire fired a howitzer from the outside off an Austin Staats pass at 4:43, followed by Staats himself scoring with a quick stick from in close at 5:11.

Dan Lintner tied the game when he grabbed a rebound from in close at 13:00, followed by Tom Schreiber with a laser that found the top corner at 13:54.  An empty net goal by Mitch de Snoo with 0:35 seconds left sealed the deal.

Final score, Toronto 15 San Diego 13.

The Three Stars:

1. Tom Schreiber
2. Mark Matthews
3. Dane Dobbie

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were tied 51-51.
  • The faceoff battle, while fierce, went to San Diego 18-13.
  • The loose ball battle also went to the Seals 69-65.
  • Toronto went 2 for 2 on the power-play.
  • San Diego went 4 for 6 on the power-play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Toronto Rock:

  • Mark Matthews 2g, 6a
  • Tom Schreiber 3g, 4a
  • Corey Small 3g, 2a

San Diego Seals:

  • Dane Dobbie 3g, 4a
  • Austin Staats 4g, 3a
  • Wes Berg 2g, 4a
  • Tre LeClaire 2g, 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.



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