The New York Riptide met the Georgia Swarm at NYCB Live in their only meeting this season. The Riptide came off an impressive road win against Buffalo, while the Swarm have lost two straight. New York’s offense continued to click, and a breakout game from Larson Sundown helped fuel a 14-11 win. The Riptide have now won three of their last four and are just a game under .500 (3-4). For Georgia, it’s their third straight loss as they fall to 4-4 on the season.

Riptide hold one-goal edge after first half

Bryan Cole opened the scoring for Georgia just 45 seconds into the game. Jeff Teat responded for New York 30 seconds later. Zach Miller restored Georgia’s lead at 3:38, but the Riptide came back with a four-goal run. Teat’s second (4:34), Sundown (9:22), Teat again (9:43), and Kiel Matisz (13:11) put the Riptide up 5-2. Lyle Thompson scored with 5 seconds left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Stephen Keogh (1:35) opened the second quarter pushing New York’s lead back to three, but a four-goal run from Georgia erased that lead. Adam Wiedemann (1:49), Miller (3:43), Thompson (8:12), and Liam Byrnes (11:43) put the Swarm up 7-6. That lead would hold up for all of 34 seconds as Teat’s fourth goal (12:17) tied the game and ignited a Riptide run. Connor Kearnan then scored twice in 11 seconds (13:52; 14:03) to make it 9-7 in favor of New York. Thompson’s hat trick goal (14:23) ended New York’s run, but Georgia still trailed 9-8 at halftime.

Sundown, Riptide pull away in second half

New York outscored the Swarm 4-1 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 13-9, with Sundown scoring twice (1:30; 14:58). Brent Noseworthy added a power play goal at 4:13, and Kearnan secured his hat trick at 4:50. Andrew Kew (13:06) scored the lone goal for Georgia. Seth Oakes (7:25) and Kew’s second (14:45) narrowed the gap to two. But Jay Thorimbert would win the next faceoff and score an empty net goal (14:51) to close the books on another impressive Riptide win.

Other Stats of Note

Riptide: Teat (4g, 2a); Kearnan (3g, 4a); Sundown (3g, 3a), Reilly O’Connor (7a)

Swarm: Lyle Thompson (3g, 3a); Kew (2g, 2a); Miller (2g, 1a); Oakes (1g, 4a)

Angus Goodleaf replaced Brett Dobson in net for the Swarm in the third quarter, turning aside 10 of 11 shots in 23 minutes of play

Cameron Dunkerley made 35 saves in the win

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.