Nine Point Night from Ryan Smith not Enough as Georgia Works Overtime for 17-16 Win

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

A scorefrst in Georgia saw the Georgia Swarm keep their playoff hopes alive with 17-16 win.

In a near must win, the Georgia Swarm (5-6) kept their playoffs alive with a battle with the Rochester Knight Hawks (3-6).

Rochester was up to the challenge and potted 16 goals behind Swarm netminder, Mike Poulin.

Cory Highfield ( 2g;1a) opened the scoring when he converted off a set up from Holden Cattoni and Dan Coates (2a)

Highfield had the hot hand and set up the phenom, Ryan Smith (4g,5a) to get it to a 2-0 Rochester lead

Jordan Hall (2g,2a) and Bryan Cole (1g) leveled the score at 2-2. Smith and Ryan Wagner did the work and Holden Cattoni (4g,2a) reaped the reward to end the first with a 3-2 Rochester edge.

The battle was on at that point.

The Second

After the first stanza it became a heavyweight brawl.. No fewer than twelve goals were registered in the second period with each squad hitting for six

Smith and Curtis Knight set up Charlie Bertrand (1g) just :50 in to start the festivities.

Brendan Bomberry set up Shayne Jackson

(5g ,3 helpers) on the man up.

The Georgia uprising saw Ethan Walker (2g,2a) Jackson and Jackson setting up Lyle Thompson (4g,4a) to boost Georgia to a 6-4 lead.

Ryan Wagner (1g, 1a) followed by Cattoni (4g,2a) would make it 6-6 with 9:11 gone. Lyle Thompson would start a three goal Georgia burst just eighteen seconds later.

Thompson, Bomberry (1g,2a) and another from Thompson took it to a 9-6 contest.

Smith stemmed the Georgia flow with a power play goal at 11:03 followed by the second from Hightower just 1:56 later to close the half with a 9-8 Swarm edge,

That Took my Breath Away

Quarter Three saw the pace slow down. But not before Rochester tied it up off a Cattoni lamp lighter at 2;19.

Jordan Hall countered with help from Thompson.

Shawn Evans assisted on a Curtis Knight (1g,1a) goal before Smith hit for a pair and a 12-10 Knight Hawks edge.

With just one second on the clock Shawn Evans made it four in a row and Rochester was sitting pretty with a three goal lead, 13-10 after three.

To the Fourth

Shayne Jackson at just :25 played, cut it to a 13-11 game.

Jackson continued with hot hand and got it to 13-12 at the 2:15 mark.

A minute thirty two would pass before Thompson leveled the score at 13.

Cattoni on the advantage and Hogg myarth (1g, 2a) he Knighthawks in front by a pair.

Walker at 8:26 followed by TJ Comizio (1g,1a) with 2:59 to play got it knotted up again.

Just thirteen seconds after Comizio tied it, Matt Gilray (1g, 1a) gave Rochester a 16-15 advantage.

You had to know Georgia would counter and it would be Adam Weidemann.(1g,1a).

Neither team could score and off to Overtime they would go.

At tbe 4:37 mark, Jackson scored the biggest goal of the Swarm season.

More Things

• Shots were 57-47 the Georgia way with Mike Poulin stopping 31 Rochester shots and Rylan Hartley knocking away 40 Swarm tries.

• The Georgia victory creates a log jam n the NLL East with Georgia Albany and Philadelphia each having a 5-6 record

No fewer than 28 players registered at least one point including both goaltenders

Rochester represented with 16 on the score sheet.

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.