Little Abner’s Saves Their Best For Last In B.I.L.L. Action

Written By Kevin Neibauer

Lax Philly – A Division Of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The 2021 Regular Season in the Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League ended with Little Abner’s picking up their first victory with a 23-13 victory over the Bombers.

TO THE ACTION

A back and forth opening stanza saw Christopher Ashcraft (3g) hitting net at 4:22 then again at 8:43 with Zane Dalpe aiding on the opening tally and Tony Millon (1a) on the second.  The Bombers were off and running.

Little Abner’s stryck back with a four goal outburst of their own.  Garrett Glatz (1g,1a), on the power play, assisted by Cole Erickson, followed by Erickson (6g,2a) himself tying the game up.  Matthew Whicher (2g) gave Little Abner’s the lead.  Spenser Love (2g) added one more goal increasing the lead to 4-2.

With just 0:45 seconds remaining Kaden Brennen (2g) of the Bombers put an end to the four goal run, ending an entertaining quarter with Little Abner’s holding a 4-3 lead.

SECOND QUARTER

Abner’s went right back to work with markers from Marcus Holman (5g, 4a), kicking off his big night, at the 0:32 second mark, followed by Love connecting on his second of the night at the 1:43 mark.  Little Abner’s seemed to be finding their MOJO in this game.  However, Andrew Hasz (2g) buried a Zane Dalpe feed cutting the lead to a two goal difference with just 2:36 played in thr quarter.

The teams traded goals with Holman planting a Ryan Drenner set up, but faceoff specialist, Terrence Harmon (1a) won the ensuing draw, getting the ball to Roland Epps Jr. (2g) who finished the play keeping the contest close at 7-5.

Erickson increased the Abner’s lead, but the league leader in goals and points, Zane Dalpe (2g, 3a) scored, followed by Ashcraft, completing his hat-trick, cutting the lead to 8-7.  Mitchell Howell (1g,1a) converted a Holman set up, followed by Ryan Drenner (3g, 5a) ended the half with Abner’s looking strong with a 10-7 advantage.

SECOND HALF

After the 10 goal second quarter, you would think things would simmer…You would be incorrect in that assumption.  The teams combined to light the lamp 11 times with Abner’s having the upper hand with six.

Bradley Casale (1g), Erickson, Lucas Thompson (1g), Thomas Pfeiffer (1g), Erickson again and Brady Sipes (1g) did the dirty work for Abner’s.  The Bombers countered with Dalpe on the man up, assisted by Jimmy Jackson (1a).  Brian Zajac (1g), Dalpe with number 27, Epps Jr. and Hasz added goals for the Bombers.

Pfeiffer, Erickson and Sipes scored the final three goals in the quarter, which ended with Little Abner’s leading 16-12.

FINAL STANZA

The Abner’s pushed this run to eight goals when Drenner, Erickson, Whicher, a second from Drenner, and Holman sealed the fate of the Bombers.  Kaden Brennen ended the surge with a man advantage goal but, Holman and Erickson countered to end the Abner’s victory, 23-13.

GAME STATISTICS

  • Despite the win, Abner’s did not qualify post season action.
  • The Bombers (2-4) have the fourth seed and take on the 6-0 #1, Portside.
  • Shots on Goal were 49-34 for Abner’s.
  • Little Abner’s converted on 1 of 2 power plays, while the Bombers were a perfect 3 for 3.
  • Terence Harmon went 25 of 36 from the X for the Bombers.
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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).

Mr. Groob 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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