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.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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