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The Sea Spray Continue to Impress with 16-9 Defeat of the Grizzlies

Action heating up in Arena League West.

Kevin Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

To The Action

After a slow start to the action which took nearly six minutes, the Sea Spray (5-1) got on the board courtesy of a power play goal from Tyler Kirkby.

Kirkby (1g, 9a) hit net at the 9: 03 mark with the helper supplied by Nick Preston getting his first of four assists.

The Sea Spray were just warming up and Parker Kump (6g, 2), Aidan Ellis (1g) and a second from.Kump pushed it to a 4-0 lead.

Kyle Nichols (1g) and with just :51 to play, Erik Maas (2g) took advantage of helpers from Steve McKinlay and Andrew Joseph to end the opening quarter with a 4-2 Sea Spray advantage.

Here We Go

Things opened up with an eight goal second with the Sea Spray accounting for five of them.

John Hofseth lit the lamp (4g) on the man up at 13:35 to add to the lead 5-2.

James Baker (2g) answered 1:12 later but, the special teams were taking center stage.

Zac Christianson (1g, 1a) countered on a disadvantage marker but, Gordie Phillips (2g, 2a) put the lead back to four at 7-3.

Maas saw and raised but, Hofseth answered.

Baker got his second with 1:15 remaining on the man up with Kump closing the quarter with a 9-5 Sea Spray edge.

To The Third

Things Would come to a near grinding halt with just two goals.

Kump pushed it to 10-5 with Jacob Patterson (1g) keeping the four goal differential to end the stanza, 10-6.

Fireworks Await

Tempers reached a boiling point with big hits taking over.

Kirkby assisted on another power play goal, but, :34 later, Steve McKinlay (1g, 1a) countered.

Hofseth stepped up for a 12-7 lead followed three minutes later with Rob Hofseth (1g) scoring on yet another advantage.

John Hofseth added another making it a 14-7 contest.

Cody Garrison (1g) ended the uprising but, just eight ticks later, Phillips counter punched short handed.

Andrew Joseph (1g,1a) added the final man up marker with Kump converting a Kirkby set up to end the scoring on the 16-9 victory.


Things got out of hand starting in the fourth quarter.

At 5:24, Aidan Danby and Tommy Robertson of the Grizzlies got roughing calls with Danby getting four minutes.

Tyson Kirkness of the Spray and Preston Lupul started things with Kirkness getting an instigator and each hit for fighting at 10:27.

Tempers continued to flare with Referee, Josh Beauregard getting injured in the scrum and leaving the game.

Connor Stroup was given a match penalty for Head Butting, Danby and Aidan Ellis were issued game miscounducts.

A Few More Things

Shots were heavily one sided, 63-40 favoring the Sea Spray with Kyle Mooney, under fire all day stopping 47 and, making his return from an injury in the opening game, Matteo Tack turning aside 31 tries.

“Right from the first faceoff, we played a very aggressive game defensively, I think our athleticism showed. I think we outplayed them in every facet of the game,” said Sea Spray coach Russ Heard. “Things can change and they can come out next game and do the same to us too (but) right now, we have the bragging rights”

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.