The Panther City Lacrosse Club hosted the Vancouver Warriors at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on Saturday night. Both teams were coming off a loss in Week 10. These teams met in Vancouver in Week 9, with Panther City drubbing the Warriors 20-7. The rematch would be a much closer affair, with Vancouver riding a big second quarter to a halftime tie, while excelling in man-advantage situations. However, Panther City had five players with multi-goal games, and held off a late Vancouver comeback, winning 14-13. The win moves Panther City back over the .500 mark (5-4), and gives them the season series over Vancouver. The teams meet once more in Vancouver in April.

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A tale of two quarters for Panther City

Panther City struck first, with Josh Medeiros (3g, 1a) scoring just 26 seconds into the game. Keegan Bal (5g, 1a; 6:21) equalized for Vancouver, but Panther City went on a three goal-run. Patrick Dodds (2g, 3a; 10:39; power play), Jonathan Donville (2g, 6a; 13:15) and Callum Crawford (5g; 13:42) gave the home team a 4-1 lead after one quarter.

The Warriors came out firing in the second quarter, scoring six unanswered goals. Brandon Goodwin (2g; 3:15) and Ryan Martel (2g; 3:35) scored 20 seconds apart, then Bal added his second on a power play (4:42) to tie the game. Goodwin’s second (5:18), followed by Shawn Evans (1g, 5a; 5:40) and Riley Loewen (2g, 3a; 7:23; power play) put the Warriors up 7-4. Crawford would end the run, going back-to-back (8:10; 10:34). Medeiros then added his second (14:18) to tie the game at 7 going into halftime.

Panther City holds on for the win

Donville’s second goal (0:47) briefly restored the PCLC lead. But Vancouver took that lead back with power play markers from Loewen (4:31) and Bal (5:51). Will Malcom (2g, 4a; 8:06) scored on a power play to tie the game again, but Bal responded with his fourth of the night (9:01) to give the Warriors a 10-9 lead. A hat trick goal form Medeiros (9:28) and the second from Dodds (13:40) put PCLC back on top, 11-10.

Malcom’s second (0:46 fourth quarter) extended the lead to two. Bal tallied another power play marker (3:19) for his fifth goal of the night to cut the deficit to one. Crawford (8:13; 8:38) went back-to-back again to extend Panther City’s lead to three. The second goal from Martel (12:52) and a spectacular individual effort from Adam Charalambides (1g, 4a; 13:28) once again pulled Vancouver to within one. However, the Warriors were unable to force overtime.

Other Stats of Note

Faceoffs: VAN 23 of 31; PCLC 8 of 31

Power Play: VAN 5 of 5; PCLC 2 of 2

Liam Patten (PCLC): 9 Loose Balls (led all players)

Aden Walsh (VAN): 35 saves; Nick Damude (PCLC): 50 saves

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