Philly Gets Rocked by Toronto

The Toronto Rock visited the Wells Fargo Center and sent a message to the National Lacrosse League. When you think of Toronto, the defense does not readily enter your mind. The Philadelphia Wings have a high-powered offense but, were shut down by the Rock defense for the final 31:45 of the game to walk out with a 14-7 victory. Simply put, Philly gets rocked by Toronto.

Dan Craig posted a nine-point night to lead the Rock offense with Captain America, Tom Schrieber adding six points. Toronto moves to 4-3 with Philadelphia slipping to 5-4 but, loses the tie-breaker, if needed, to the Rock.


To The Action

Things started well for the home team when Ben McIntosh (3g) beat Nick Rose at 1:21 and 3:53 with Kevin Crowley (4a) getting the helper on both. Blaze Riorden and Eric Shewell (1a) also helped out. It took just thirty-one seconds for Craig (5g,4a) to cut the deficit to one at 2-1.

Philly would respond when Crowley and Kiel Matisz (2a) did the work with Matt Rambo (1g,2a) cashing in just twenty-three seconds after Craig. Things calmed down for just over three minutes when Corey Small (1g,1a) beat Nick Rose (Rock netminder) off a pretty set-up from Rambo and Blaze Riorden to push it to a 4-1 Philly edge. Brandon Slade (1g) at 12:02 followed by another from Craig just :56 later closed the gap to 4-3. McIntosh got his hat-trick with just one second on the clock to close the eventful first quarter with Philly holding a 5-3 advantage.

Second Stanza

Toronto started getting their legs and would roar back. The quick goal-fest continued with Challen Rogers getting an unassisted marker at 2:59 and Tom Schrieber knotting it up with help from Dan Dawson (2a) and Craig. The Schrieber goal came just :53 after Craig’s marker to get it to a 5-5 contest.

The onslaught had begun with Zach Manns (2g, 2a) recording his first goal in Philadelphia since his Drexel University days. Craig would team up with Schrieber for the second of the half for Captain America to give the Rock a 7-5 lead with a little over seven minutes to play. Blaze Riorden (2g, 2a) tied it up with goals at 10:22 and 13:15 to take it to the half at 7-7. Sadly, for Philadelphia fans, the suddenly struggling Wings offense was completely shut down at that point.

2nd Half

The Rock became boulders and completely took this contest over. Rob Hellyer (1g, 4a) scored the only man-advantage goal of the game with Schrieber keeping the quick strikes intact with a conversion of a Craig and Reid Reinholdt (2a) pass around. That would make the end of the scoring in the third with Toronto putting the pedal to the metal with a 9-7 advantage.

To the fourth, we go. Jackie Gleason was famous for his line, “And awwwaay we go” and Toronto did just that. Brad Kri (1a) set up Craig, just :20 in, Schrieber just :49 later blew it open, 11-7. Craig hit rope again followed by Manns and Craig draining his fifth to seal the deal.

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Shots on Goal went the way of the Rock 61-50. Philadelphia continues to allow a high number of shots which is becoming problematic. Many fans looked to the face-off battle between TD Ierlan and Trevor Baptiste. Baptiste was a bright spot, winning 19 of 24.

Loose balls were 71-69 for Toronto with Billy Hostrawser scooping 7 for the Rock. Brad Kri chipped in with 11. Ryan Wagner came away with 10 with Baptiste with his 12. Nick Rose rebounded with his 43 saves Zach Higgins turned away 37 in his 45:12 with Eric Penney finishing up and stopping 10. Rock With Convincing Win. Philly gets rocked by Toronto.

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.



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