Rose Outstanding In Low Scoring Rock Victory

The Vancouver Warriors (2-8) took on the league leading Toronto Rock (8-2) in NLL action this weekend in Hamilton in front of 7,611.

Leading the way offensively for Vancouver are Adam Charalambides and Keegan Bal. Charalambides (21g,23a) has 44 points through nine games while Bal (15g,26a) has 41 points.  Vancouver’s solid defense has caused 119 turnovers and the group isn’t afraid to put their bodies on the line, blocking a whopping 64 shots.

Mark Matthews (16g,28a) is the top scoring player for Toronto with 44 points so far this season, with Corey Small (25g,11a), and Chris Boushy (9g,25a) adding support.

The Injury bug has hit Toronto hard.  Josh Jubenville (UBI), Challen Rogers (UBI), Dan Craig (UBI) and Mitch de Snoo (LBI) were all out for this game. Tyler Hendrycks, Latrell Harris, Chase Schiavon and Jordan McKenna all remain on the PUP List.

The goaltending match-up had Aden Walsh in net for Vancouver facing Nick Rose in net for Toronto.

In a very low scoring game, the Toronto Rock outlasted the Vancouver Warriors 9-5 on Indigenous night.  At the half the teams were tied 2-2 with both goalies playing exceptionally well.  

The Rock came out in the third with a quick pair of goals to take the lead.  The teams then traded goals, first Ryan Martel for the Warriors, then Tom Schreiber for Toronto.   That goal was Tom Schreiber’s 500th point in his career. 

The Warriors scored twice in 0:31 seconds to start the fourth.  Toronto was able to put together a four goal run, while shutting down the Vancouver offense for the victory.

To The Game:

The Warriors got on the board first shorthanded when Kevin Crowley beat Nick Rose from out front off an Adam Charalambides pass at 4:25.  Toronto tied it on another power-play when Chris Boushy blasted a shot off a Tom Schreiber pass at 9:22.  Chris Corbeil then gave the Rock the lead diving from behind the net unassisted at 13:46.

After one quarter, Toronto 2 Vancouver 1.

Second Quarter:

Vancouver scored the only goal of the second quarter when Kyle Killen fired a shot from the outside off a Ryan Martel pass at 6:26. 

At the half, Toronto 2 Vancouver 2.

Third Quarter:

Toronto opened the second half scoring when Josh Dawick fired a laser off a Tom Schreiber feed at 1:50, followed by Marley Angus with a quick stick off a Schreiber pass on a delayed penalty at 2:25.

The Warriors scored on the power-play when Ryan Martel fired a howitzer from the outside off a Keegan Bal pass at 7:00. The Rock got it back when Tom Schreiber fired a blast from the side of the net off a Mark Matthews pass at 13:39.

The goal was Tom Schreiber’s 500th career point.

After three quarters, Toronto 5 Vancouver 3.

Fourth Quarter:

Vancouver opened the fourth quarter scoring when Kyle Killen fired a Kevin Crowley feed at 0:29 seconds, followed by Riley Loewen with a beautiful shot from in front to tie the game off a Kevin Crowley pass 0:31 seconds later.

The Rock got back on track with a low to low blast from Tom Schreiber off a Corey Small pass at 1:34, followed by Mark Matthews with an outside shot off a Justin Martin pass at 4:13. 

Chris Boushy added to the lead picking the far corner off a Tom Schreiber pass at 5:53.  Brandon Slade then scored in transition off a Phil Mazzuca feed going in all alone at 8:08.

Final score, Toronto 9 Vancouver 5.

The Three Stars:

1. Nick Rose
2. Tom Schreiber
3. Phil Mazzuca

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored the Warriors 50-45.
  • The faceoff battle was won by Toronto 12-6.
  • The Rock won the loose ball battle 60-52.
  • Vancouver went 1 for 2 on the power-play, scoring a shorthanded goal as well.
  • Toronto went 1 for 4 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Vancouver Warriors:

  • Ryan Martel 1g, 3a
  • Kevin Crowley 1g, 2a
  • Riley Loewen 1g, 2a

Toronto Rock:

  • Tom Schreiber 2g, 4a
  • Mark Matthews 1g, 4a
  • Chris Boushy 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.