Redwoods Are Winless No More

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The winless Redwoods (1-2) faced the winless Chaos (0-3) in the second game of Saturday in PLL action. 

In weeks previous, the Redwoods just didn’t seem to be gelling.  A depleted Chaos lineup (with many still playing for the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits) might be just what the doctor ordered to help them get moving in the right direction.

A conservatively low scoring first half had many wondering if the Redwoods would ever get it going.  Whatever was said in the dressing room at the half lit a fire under them, and a 7-2 third quarter was the difference in this game.  The Redwoods win 11-7 to earn their first win of the season.

The goaltending match-up had Blaze Riorden in net for Chaos facing Tim Troutner for the Redwoods.

To The Game:

The Redwoods got off to a quick start with Rob Pannell scoring just 0:55 seconds into the game, but newly arrived Challen Rogers tied the score converting a Tommy Palasek pass at 4:10.  Ryder Garnsey gave the Redwoods the lead once again, finishing off a Rob Pannell pass at 8:58.

After one quarter, Redwoods 2 Chaos 1.

Second Quarter:

Chaos got both goals in this quarter. They started with Wes Berg beating Tim Troutner off an Austin Staats pass at 4:49. Tanner Cook then converted a Tommy Palasek pass at 5:39 to go into halftime clinging to a one goal lead.

At the half, Chaos 3 Redwoods 2.

Third Quarter:

Chaos increased their lead when Challen Rogers scored his second of the game off a Wes Berg pass at 1:35 to make the score 4-2.

The Redwoods finally found their mojo and answered back with four goals.  Ryder Garnsey converted a Matt Kavanagh pass at 3:05, followed by Rob Pannell putting a one handed shot past Blaze Riorden at 3:46.

Ryder Garnsey scored his third of the night at 4:17, followed by Myles Jones powering a 2 point shot in at 5:29.

Wes Berg got one back for Chaos, but a second goal for Jones, and one from Matt Kavanagh increased the Redwoods lead heading to the fourth quarter.

After three quarters, Redwoods 9 Chaos 5.

Fourth Quarter:

The Redwoods added to their lead when Jules Heningburg beat Blaze Riorden at 3:13.  Rob Pannell made the score 11-5 when he converted a Jules Heningburg pass at 9:51. 

Wes Berg scored his second of the night converting an Austin Staats pass at 10:56, followed by Mac O’Keefe scoring with just 0:12 seconds left, but it was too little too late.

Final score, Redwoods 11 Chaos 7.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored the Redwoods 28-15.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Redwoods 12-9.

Top Scorers:

Chaos:

  • Wes Berg 3g, 1a
  • Challen Rogers 2g, 0a
  • Tommy Palasek 2g, 0a

Redwoods:

  • Rob Pannell 3g, 1a
  • Jules Heningburg 1g, 3a
  • Ryder Garnsey 3g, 0a
  • Myles Jones 1g, 1 2pt. g, 0a

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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.

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