Rock Stay Perfect In Big Come From Behind Win

The Georgia Swarm (4-3) headed to Hamilton, ON for a crucial away game against the Toronto Rock (5-0). The Swarm, fresh from an 12-8 loss to the Albany FireWolves, aimed to bounce back against the Rock.  Toronto, with a win in Halifax last week, were hoping to stay perfect on the year against the Swarm on Saturday evening.

Georgia has been led by Shayne Jackson (15g,20a), Lyle Thompson (17g,12a) and Andrew Kew (8g,19a) offensively this year.  Toronto has had production from Dan Craig (9g,8a), Mark Matthews (8g,8a), Chris Boushy (3g,10a), Corey Small (4g,9a) and Challen Rogers (3g,9a).

The teams match up well, both being quick transitional teams, with bruising defenses.  The goaltending should also be on display with two of the premier goaltenders facing each other.

The goaltending match-up had Brett Dobson in net for Georgia facing Nick Rose in net for the Rock.

The pace was quick from the word go, with end to end action all through the game.  While Toronto drew first blood, the Swarm capitalized more on their opportunities in the first half leading 5-3 at the half.  The big story was Lyle Thompson’s 300th career goal scored in highlight reel fashion.

In the second half, the Rock’s offense started to wake up, while the defense became more stingy.   Led by Corey Small (4g,2a), the Rock rhymed off nine goals en route to a 12-9 victory.   Josh Dawick scored the winning goal at 6:55 of the fourth quarter, just 0:34 seconds after Andrew Kew had tied the game for the Swarm.  The Rock defense was able to shut down the Swarm for the final eight minutes of the game.

To The Game:

After a torrid pace through much of the first quarter, the Rock finally got on the board when Brandon Slade beat Brett Dobson in transition on a breakaway, unassisted at 8:45.  Georgia stormed back immediately when Lyle Thompson scored from the top of the crease off an Andrew Kew pass 0:17 seconds later.

The pace continued the rest of the quarter yeilding no more scoring.

After one quarter, Toronto 1 Georgia 1.

Second Quarter:

Phil Mazzuca opened the second quarter scoring for the Rock shorthanded in transition on a breakaway, unassisted at 0:40 seconds.  Again the Swarm answered quickly when Jordan MacIntosh fired a shot to the far corner off an Adam Wiedemann pass at 2:27.

Georgia took the lead when Seth Oakes scored from in close off a Lyle Thompson pass at 6:15, followed by Andrew Kew firing a shot from in close off a Shayne Jackson feed at 6:56 for a two goal lead.

The Rock got one back when Chris Boushy fired a laser from in close to the far corner off a Mark Matthews pass at 9:17. Lyle Thompson answered with a Vintage Thompson goal.  While leaping across the crease, Lyle pulled it back, putting it behind Nick Rose off a Liam Byrnes pass at 12:50.

The goal was Lyle Thompson’s 300th career goal

At the half, Georgia 5 Toronto 3.

Third Quarter:

The Rock opened the third quarter scoring on the power-play when Corey Small quick sticked a Chris Boushy feed at 1:28, but Lyle Thompson answered with a great individual effort fooling the Rock defense off an Andrew Kew pass at 2:45.

The Swarm increased their lead on the power-play when Seth Oakes converted a Lyle Thompson pass to the shortside at 4:37.  But Corey Small scored his second of the night for the Rock with a blast to the far corner off a Dan Craig pass at 7:13 to bring the game within two goals again.

Corey Small scored his third of the game with a low to low laser from the outside off a Dan Craig pass at 12:37, followed by Mark Matthews with a cross body shot to the shortside off a Dan Lintner pass at 13:20

The Swarm regained the lead when Shayne Jackson found the back of the net off a Seth Oakes feed at 14:08.

After three quarters, Georgia 8 Toronto 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Toronto tied the game quickly when Dan Craig dove across the crease off a Corey Small pass at 0:24 seconds, then took the lead when Corey Small scored from in close off a Dan Craig pass at 2:02. 

On the power-play the Swarm tied it up on a blast from Andrew Kew off a Lyle Thompson feed at 5:21, but Josh Dawick came back immediately converting a Justin Martin pass in transition 0:34 seconds later.

Georgia thought they had tied it at 8:32 when Lyle Thompson put another highlight reel goal in, but on a coaches challenge it was deemed that Thompson was in the crease before the ball entered the net.

The Rock increased their lead when Dan Craig fired a high to high shot off a Corey Small pass at 11:32, followed by Challen Rogers firing a shot into the empty net off a Bill Hostrawser pass at 12:16.

Final score, Toronto 12 Georgia 9.

The Three Stars:

1. Corey Small
2. Lyle Thompson
3. Nick Rose

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were tied 47-47.
  • The faceoff battle went to Georgia 18-10.
  • The loose ball battle went to Georgia 69-66.
  • The Swarm went 2 for 4 on the power-play, while the Rock went 1 for 3, but also scored a shorthanded goal.

Top Scorers:

Georgia Swarm:

  • Lyle Thompson 3g, 3a
  • Andrew Kew 2g, 2a
  • Seth Oakes 2g, 1a

Toronto Rock:

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

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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.

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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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