Northmen Battle Back to Stay Undefeated

Northmen battle back to stay undefeated with a 15-13 win. In a heavyweight tilt in the New England IBLA, the Maine Northmen outlasted the Nor’Easters (2-3) to remain undefeated at 4-0 and clinched first place in their division. It’s very hard to find a closer more competitive game than this one.

The Action

Kyle. Baker and Dylan Kenney (1a) set up Griffin Gustaffsson (2g) at 2:15 to give the Northmen the early lead. Kyle Rumberger (4g) answered at 4:20 and the battle was heating up. Maine got back to back tallies from Nick James (2g) off a pretty feed from Thomas Lavasseur. An unassisted net bender from Brandon Dube (2g) put it to a 3-1 score before Joe Weber (1g) countered to get it to 3-2. CJ LeBreck (1g,2a) countered but Rumberger and Cam Egan (1g) answered for the Nor’Easters to close the first period with a 4-4 score.

It was more of the same in the middle stanza when KR Jurgevich (3g,1a) put the Northmen up with just :50 played. Jurgevich became playmaker setting up Kyle Baker (3g,3a) countered by a man-advantage tally from Rumberger made it a 6-5 affair. 2:29 later it would be Jake Harrington (4g) kicking off his big game with an unassisted goal and the combatants was knotted up again, this time at 6-6.
Garrett Naimie (1g,1a) and Baker setting up Jurgevich nudged the lead to 8-6 for the Northmen. It took Harrington all of :48 to score two to, once again tie things up.

At 15:34 Naimie was the catalyst on another Baker marker. A man-advantage goal from Jimmy Cunningham (1g) closed the thrilling second with a 9-9 score. The Nor’Easters kept their foot on the gas. They were rewarded by a pair from Harrington and a single by Shawn Tierney (1g) to stake a seemingly commanding 12-9 edge.

The Finale

Save that thought fella. Baker hit a streaking George Gilbert (1g), LaBreck fed a sweet pass to Jurgevich, Baker, Nick James, Tom Lavasseur (1g,2a) all hit rope. With 8:20 to play the face of the game was rearranged. Tyler Callan (1g) stopped the run with a man-up marker. Just three seconds remaining, Gustafsson closed the scoring on a short-handed goal from LaBreck and netminder, Brian Duncan. Shots favored the Northmen, 41-32 with Duncan making 18 saves and Teddy Strzetelski stopping 25 for the Nor’Easters. Northmen battle back to stay undefeated.

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.