National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

Philadelphia Wings vs. Rochester Knighthawks

December 27, 2003

It’s the start of the Rochester Knighthawks 10th Anniversary season.  The Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York is where the game took place.  Randy Mearns, who was captain of the 1997 Knighthawks championship team, took part in the ceremonial faceoff, wearing his jersey from that season.

Rochester was coming off a 12-4 season, losing to the Toronto Rock in the Championship game, and were looking to be dominant in the upcoming year.

The Philadelphia Wings were coming off an mediocre 8-8 season, and were hoping to move tonthe upper echelon of the league once again.

The Wings had Tom Marechek, Jeff Ratcliffe, Keith Cromwell, Jake Bergey, Dan Marohl, and Ryan Ward for their offensive attack.

Rochester countered with John Grant Jr., Scott Evans, Shawn Williams, Jon Harasym, and Tim Soudan.

Pat O’Toole was in net for the Knighthawks against Dallas Eliuk for Philadelphia.

A new year brings new hopes!  Let’s see how these teams reacted to the challenges set forth.

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.