A big thank you to LaxSchool for originally posting this game on their YouTube channel of the same name.
This game had the Boston Blazers vs. the expansion Rochester Knighthawks at the War Memorial Arena in Rochester, New York.
This winner of this semi-final won the right to face the Philadelphia Wings in the championship game.
For the Blazers, Ted Dowling, Thomas Carmean, Charlie Blanchard, and Randy Fraser were the majority of their offense.
For the Knighthawks, Paul Gait, Chris Driscoll, Duane Jacobs, Peter Parke, and Tim Soudan carried the load in a very balanced Knighthawks attack.
The goalie match-up saw Hall of Famers Marty O’Neill for the Blazers vs. Steve “Chugger” Dietrich in net for the Knighthawks.
It looked like Boston was going to run away with this game at the start, but you were only going to hold that potent Rochester lineup at bay for so long. By halftime this became a really interesting game, setting up a very exciting second half.
This game also showed why O’Neill and Dietrich were future Hall of Fame inductees, keeping their teams in the game with some incredible saves constantly throughout the game.
The packed house in Rochester were deafening all game long, making the atmosphere electric!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.
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.