Rock Take Over First Place With Big Win Over Ladner

In the main event for day four, the tournament leader Ladner Pioneers (4-1) faced the second place Oakville Rock (4-1) in a battle of NLL All-Star teams. 

Ladner had played earlier in the day with a reduced lineup, just squeaking by Tuscarora.  Austin Shanks scored with just 2:00 left to lift the Pioneers to a 5-4 win.  Oakville played two games on day three, winning both very handily.

The goaltending match-up had Christian Del Bianco in net for Ladner facing Nick Rose in net for the Rock.

In a goaltending match-up for the ages, Nick Rose and Christian Del Bianco put on a clinic, showing two completely different styles.  The Rock got up 2-0 after one period with Lintner and Lanchbury finding the back of the net.  In the second period, Ladner came back to tie the game, but the Rock transition game came to life with Brandon Slade and Andrew Kew both scoring a pair. 

The third period had Ladner get moving quickly scoring a couple of shorthanded goals, but the Rock weathered the storm for the 10-7 victory.

To The Game:

The Oakville Rock opened the scoring when Dan Lintner fought his way to the net off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 6:27, followed by Lanchbury himself scoring from in close to the shortside of Del Bianco off a Marley Angus feed at 13:44. 

After one period, Oakville 2 Ladner 0.
Shots on goal were tied 17-17

Second Period:

Ladner finally got on the board when Tyler Pace grabbed a rebound from an Austin Shanks shot and danced on the edge of the crease at 6:01, followed by Zach Herreweyers who absorbed three different checks, firing a no look shot off a Phil Caputo feed at 7:25. 

Oakville regained the lead when Brandon Slade fired a laser off a Dan Lintner pass at 7:46, followed by Andrew Kew firing a howitzer to the far corner off a Dan Lintner feed at 10:21.

In transition Sheldon Burns found Andrew Kew making no mistake at 16:57, followed by Brandon Slade with a laser to the top corner unassisted 0:06 seconds later.

After two periods, Oakville 6 Ladner 2.
Shots on goal were 20-15 in favor of Oakville.

Third Period:

Ladner got on the board when Tyler Pace scored off a Ryan Benesch pass at 0:32 seconds, but the Rock answered with Dan Lintner’s second of the game off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 6:37.

Andrew Kew fired a howitzer to the top corner off a Zack Kearney to at 7:13.  Dylan Lacroix fired a screen shot off a Ryan Benesch shorthanded at 9:02, followed by Jeff Cornwall scoring another shorthanded goal in transition 0:23 seconds later.

Marley Angus converted a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 14:40 to give the Rock a four goal lead, but Zach Herreweyers answered at 16:36.  Tyler Pace converted a Ryan Benesch pass with 0:41 seconds left, but Brandon Slade scored into an empty net with just 0:05 seconds left to end the game.

Final score, Oakville 10 Ladner 7.
Shots on goal were 19-16 for tje Pioneers for a game total of 53-51 in favor of the Rock

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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.

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