PSL Championship 2020

The stage has bee set! With three championship games, the six teams involved have spent this entire season fighting tooth and nail to get to the final dance.  In the high school championship, the Crabs LC took on the PSL HS house team; The Snipers. In the middle school championship, Team Ho-Co took on the API Diamondbacks. The 5th/6th grade championship saw Team Retrievers take on the ALC Bay Raiders. 

High School Championship:

Crabs versus Snipers. These teams have squared off all year in tightly contested games, and this one would not be any different. There was no love lost between these two teams and you could tell from the opening whistle.  The first quarter ended with a score of 2-2. Second-quarter really opened the scoring for both teams. The 2nd and 4th quarters often put teams defense on the far side, thus opening an opportunity for transition goals, and this was no different. Each team was flying up and down the floor really pushing the tempo of the game, trying to take any advantage that they could. The second quarter ended with a score of 6-6.  After the half, teams settled back into the rhythm of the game, with the 3rd quarter ending with a score of 9-7 Crabs.  The final quarter just seemed too much for Snipers. The Crabs were able to control the tempo of the fourth, by mustering another 3 goals, to the Snipers 1.  The game ended with a score of 12-8. The MVP for The Crabs LC was #2, Scott Cole. 

Middle School Championship:

The Middle School Championship saw Team Ho-Co take on the API Diamondbacks.  This game was truly a back and forth contest. The first quarter started with a bang and ended with a score of 3-2. The teams were scoring goals and taking penalties each in the first. In the second quarter, each team was falling into their stride, and beginning to play their game. The tightly contested quarter ended with a score of 5-5.  The 3rd quarter picked up right where they left off in the second, each team only saw 1 goal apiece, whereas the Diamondbacks had a chance to test out their man down the defense by taking 2 penalties in the 3rd.  Team Ho-Co played great team ball throughout the game. Not one player lead the score sheet, with multiple contributors in the contest. In the 4th, API really found their stride, netting a 4-1 quarter and were able to finish the game by a score of 9-6. There were 2 players for API that finished the game with 2 or more goals apiece. Number 9, John Burkhardt, #77 John Mazzola.  Each team found the penalty box 4 times in the game. The game MVP for API was #9, John Burkhardt. 

5th/6th Grade Championship:

Retrievers lacrosse club faced off against the ALC Bay Raiders. Retrievers have looked solid all year and were primed to compete this evening. The first goal of the quarter was netted at 6:31. ALC was able to respond with their first goal at the 2-minute mark left in the first. The first quarter ended with a score of 3-1. The Retrievers and ALC were pushing the transition game in the even quarters. The Retrievers finished the second quarter by a score of 6-2. Going into the half, the game was still within reach for the Bay Raiders, however, the Retrievers had other plans. The Retrievers came out in the 3rd on fire, but maybe a little too much heat, they racked up penalties and goals, finishing the 3rd quarter 8-3.  The 4th quarter had a similar feel as did the 3rd. There were a few penalties back and forth between both teams, as well as more goals for the Retrievers.  The final score of the contest was 10-4. Brody Moss #9 was the game MVP for the Retrievers. 

This was another fantastic season for the Premier Series Lacrosse. The league, in its 4th season, has the highest player participation since the league’s inception. The quality of play, the referee education, and consistent development on all accounts has really made this a fantastic year, and we look forward to the coming 5th season!

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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.