National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

December 30, 2006

The Buffalo Bandits visited the Portland Lumberjax to start the 2007 National Lacrosse League season. 

The Lumberjax added a strong scoring punch by signing Matt Holman, Tyler Heavenor, Jed Prossner and Scott Stapleford.  Mike Hominuck, Richard Morgan and Ryan Powell returned from the previous season.

Returning to the defensive roster was the 2005 Edge Active Care NLL Rookie of the Year, Brodie Merrill. Also joining the backline was Notre Dame graduate and Downingtown, Pa. native DJ Driscoll.

Buffalo came into the 2007 season after making it to the championship game the previous year.  With offensive talent like John Tavaras, Kevin Dostie, Dan Teat, Cory Bomberry, Delby Powless, as well as transition specialists Mark Steenhuis, and Pat McCready, the Bandits were hoping to get back to the Champions Cup game again in 2007.

The Bandits also had a talented and bruising defense with Phil Sanderson, Billy-Dee Smith, and Chris White.

Dallas Eliuk was in goal for the Lumberjax facing the Mike Thompson in net for Buffalo.

The coaching chess match had Derek Keenan facing Darris Kilgour.

This was an entertaining game from start to finish, did I mention overtime?

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.

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.