Rock End The Year On A High

The New York Riptide (0-3) visited the Toronto Rock (3-0) at FirstOntario Centre Saturday afternoon in front of 9,566 fans.

The Riptide dropped their first two games of the year to Philadelphia and Halifax.  One positive note comes from Kiel Matisz, acquired in the offseason from Philadelphia. Matisz leads the Riptide with 5 goals through 2 games and has emerged as a clear vocal leader on the floor. Jeff Teat (2g,5a) and Connor Kearnan (3g,5a) have been consistent as well.

The Toronto Rock will play in just their third game of the season after collecting wins against Philadelphia and Panther City in their opening games.  Mark Matthews (7g,4a) has been a force on offense, along with Dan Craig (3g,4a) and Chris Boushy (3g,3a).

The goaltending match-up had Cam Dunkerley in net for the Riptide against Nick Rose in goal for Toronto.

The Rock never trailed in this game.  Scoring early and often the transition game took over in the second quarter scoring three times, including a shorthanded goal to jump out to a 6-1 lead at the half.

Toronto pushed it to a seven goal lead before the Riptide scored their first goal in over thirty minutes.  The teams traded goals the rest of the quarter.

New York got on a mini run, scoring three in a spand of 2:34, but the Rock matched everything en route to a lopsided 14-8 victory.

To The Game:

The Rock opened the scoring with a blast from Dan Craig off a Tyler Hendryks feed at 4:28, but Jeff Teat tied the game picking up a Connor Kearnan rebound at 6:49. 

Josh Dawick gave the Rock the lead again with a low outside shot off a Mark Matthews pass at 9:19, and increased the lead when Corey Small gave from behind the net off a Josh Dawick feed at 13:56.

After one quarter, Toronto 3 New York 1.

Second Quarter:

Dan Lintner opened the second quarter scoring two quick transition goals.  The first he dove across the crease off a Mitch de Snoo pass at 3:08, followed by an in close shot off a Brandon Slade pass at 4:25. 

The Rock added insult to injury with a shorthanded goal in transition.  Justin Martin fired a laser off a Brad Kri feed at 8:05 increasing Toronto’s lead to five. 

At the half, Toronto 6 New York 1.

Third Quarter:

Dan Craig opened the third quarter scoring with a shot to the shortside of Cam Dunkerley off a Chris Boushy feed at 5:57, followed by Mitch de Snoo scoring in transition off a Chris Weier pass at 7:00. 

The Riptide finally got on the board with a shorthanded goal when Connor Kearnan scored off a Kevin Brownell pass at 8:57.  The Rock stormed back with an outside shot from Corey Small off a Challen Rogers pass at 10:37.

Stephen Keogh scored for the Riptide with a shot between his legs off a Connor Kearnan feed at 11:17, but again the Rock answered when Dan Craig scored his third of the game from the outside off a Tyler Hendryks pass at 12:59. 

Jeff Teat scored with a bounced shot from in close off a Connor Kearnan pass at 14:41.

After three quarters, Toronto 10 New York 4.

Fourth Quarter:

The Riptide opened the fourth quarter scoring on the power-play.  Larson Sundown converted a Connor Kearnan pass at 0:46 seconds, followed by Reilly O’Connor finishing off a Jeff Teat pass at 2:15. 

Toronto got back on the board when Dan Craig scored his fourth of the game off a Corey Small feed at 3:46.  Jeff Teat fired a laser for the Riptide off a Larson Sundown pass at 5:01 to narrow the Rock lead to four.

Corey Small fired a howitzer which Dunkerley saved, but the momentum had the ball roll over the line off a Dan Lintner pass at 8:19, followed by a rope from Josh Dawick from the outside off a Dan Lintner pass at 8:58.

New York scored one more with a dive from behind the net from Larson Sundown at 13:28, but the Rock answered with an empty net goal from TD Ierlan off the faceoff 0:10 seconds later.

Final score, Toronto 14 New York 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Dan Craig
2. Corey Small
3. Nick Rose

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 51-48 in favor of Toronto.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by TD Ierlan of Toronto 23-4.
  • The Rock won the loose ball battle 79-61.
  • The Riptide went 1 for 2 on the power-play, scoring a – shorthanded goal.
  • Toronto went 0 for 2 on the power-play, but also scoring a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

New York Riptide:

  • Jeff Teat 3g, 3a
  • Connor Kearnan 1g, 4a
  • Larson Sundown 2g,1a
  • Reilly O’Connor 1g, 2a

Toronto Rock:

  • Dan Craig 4g, 2a
  • Corey Small 3g, 1
  • Josh Dawick 2g, 1a

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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.