Redwoods Ride Big First Quarter To Victory

Written by Patrick Bernard – Field Reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time

The Atlas (2-7) were looking to put together a four quarter game, and get themselves a well needed win heading towards the playoffs.  The Redwoods (6-4) had just come off two overtime victories and were looking to keep the momentum up.

A battle to watch will be two of the premier faceoff men in the game, Trevor Baptiste for Atlas facing TD Ierlan for the Redwoods.

The goalie match-up had Jack Concannon in net for Atlas facing Jack Kelly in net for the Redwoods.

The Redwoods controlled the game with a well balanced attack, getting off to a 5-0 first quarter lead.  Wes Berg (3g,0a) and Cole Kirst (2g,3a) led the way for the Redwoods in their 12-7 victory.   For Atlas, Xander Dickson (2g,0a) and Eric Law (2g,0a) led the way with Jeff Teat (0g,3a) quarterbacking the offense.

To The Game:

The Redwoods would get on the board first with Cole Kirst drawing the defense, then dishing off to an open Ryder Garnsey who scored at 3:04.  Kirst himself would add one himself from in close at 6:11, followed by Jules Heningburg tap dancing around the crease to beat Concannon for the Redwoods third goal at 6:56.

Wes Berg increased the lead off a beautiful feed from Ryder Garnsey at 9:50, followed by a blast from Nakeie Montgomery from in close at 10:05.

After one quarter, Redwoods 5 Atlas 0.

Second Quarter:

Owen Grant opened the second quarter scoring with a long distance blast to the top corner off a Ryder Garnsey feed at 1:03, followed by Wes Berg’s second of the game off a Jules Heningburg pass at 5:14 to open an 8-0 lead for the Redwoods.

Chris Gray finally got Atlas on the board converting a pass from Jeff Teat at 7:42, followed by Teat finding Bryan Costabile with a quick stick at 9:14.

Rob Pannell converted a Cole Kirst pass at 10:41 with a spin around shot, but a howitzer from Myles Jones are the buzzer gave Atlas another tally in the half.

At halftime, Redwoods 9 Atlas 3.

Third Quarter:

Xander Dickson got Atlas on the board with a laser to the top corner at 0:52 seconds, but Rob Pannell answered with a behind the back shot with next to no angle at 9:21.

Eric Law got another goal for Atlas off a Myles Jones pass at 9:48.

After three quarters, Redwoods 10 Atlas 5.

Fourth Quarter:

Atlas made a game of this with two quick goals to start the quarter.  Xander Dickson scored with a behind the back shot off a Myles Jones pass at 0:37 seconds, followed by a power-play goal from Eric Law off a Jeff Teat feed at 1:24 which brought the game within three goals.

Cole Kirst answered for the Redwoods at 7:31, followed by Wes Berg converting a Kirst pass at 8:50 to finish off the scoring in this game.

Final score, Redwoods 12 Atlas 7.

The Three Stars:

1. Cole Kirst
2. Rob Pannell
3. Eric Law

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 27-16 in favor of the Redwoods.
  • The faceoff battle was won by Atlas 12-10.
  • Ground balls had the Redwoods with a slight edge of 28-27.
  • Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power-play.

I’m Patrick Bernard, catch me on Edge of Philly Sports Network.

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.

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