Opening Night in the NLL

Seals Lose in a Heartbreaker.

Ross McLoughlin

The San Diego Seals played the Vancouver Warriors on Friday night it had been over 600 days since they had last taken the field. Both teams might say they respect each other off the field, but it looked like total hatred on and off the ball for 60 minutes in this battle.

Vancouver’s Mitch Jones (5 goals 1 assist)opened and scored the first goal in nearly 2 years in the NLL at the 1 minute 12 second mark, and both goalies made great save after great save in the first quarter. The Seals had every chance to score, but could not put the ball past the Warriors Alex Buque in the first quarter. I have never seen so many soaks by a defence in a game. It was like the Seals were playing Plink-em, trying to shoot through defenders.

In the Second Quarter Seals Dane Dobbie (1 goal 4 assists) dumped one in 1:18 into the second Quarter, Followed quickly by Rookie Tre LeClaire (2 goals 1 assist) scoring at the 3 minute mark. Warriors answered at 10:25 seconds in the second when Kiegan Bal (1 goal 3 assists) dumped one in. Tre LeClaire, not to be outdone, followed it up quickly bringing the score to 3-2 with the Seals ahead. But Zach Greer (1 goal) went down hard after a defensive hit, and with an injury timeout was helped off the field. Mitch Jones took the ball to the net with 1 second left in the 2nd quarter Scoring his second goal of the night, as the Seals were distracted by their injured teammate.

Wes Berg (1 goal 2 assists) opened up the 3rd with his first score of the season, followed Quickly with scores by Casey Jackson (1 goal 1 assist) and Zach Greer. Before Mitch Jones said nope you’re not running away with this game and put 2 more scores up in the 3rd quarter. To bring it to Seals 6 to Warriors 5 at the end of the 3rd.

Mac O’Keefe (1 goal 1 assist) took a shot from downtown and put it past Alex Buque for the final goal by the Seals to open the 4th quarter. The Warriors answered with 3 more goals by Mitch Jones, Matthew Dinsdale (1 goal 3 assists)and rookie Adam Charalambides (1 goal 1 assist).

The final score was Seals 7 Warriors 8.

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.