San Diego Wins a Heart Stopper

Ross McLoughlin

LaxPhily- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

San Diego Seals Come from Behind with 2 seconds left and win.

This game was nearly another heartbreaker where the time ran out on the Seals.

Though, just like the Vancouver and Albany losses the Seals were down by multiple goals.

In a game without Austin Staats but, with a returning all time Seals scoring leader Casey Jackson. This game the Seals figured out how to score on key possessions, highlighted again by Wes Berg who is quietly putting together a MVP quality Season for San Diego.

Eric Penny (40 saves) played amazing for the Rush, and even in the loss it could be considered one of his best games.

He gave new hope to a struggling Rush team and just missed winning this game.

The Seals won 13 of 21 faceoffs, for the first game, I think all season that they won at the Faceoff position.

The Officials were once again less than stellar, not calling a blatant punch to Brodie Merrill’s face which knocked him down flat on the carpet, but, at the same time giving Tor Reinholdt a 5 minute major for a punch to a Rush player that dove into Frank Scigliano (47 saves.

The penalties were really adding up in the first half, and the Rush were capitalizing on them scoring 3 power play goals.

First Quarter

The first quarter opened up in typical San Diego fashion as slow and methodical. It took nearly 6 minutes before Rush’s Mark Mathews snuck one past the stingy defense of San Diego and Frank Scigliano.

But, that was followed up with a Rush goal with Jeff Shattler bang bang score 2 minutes later.

Cam Holding tried to break up the run and scored on a defensive breakaway on a pass from Defenseman Tor Reinholdt.

But, the Rush came back with Jeff Shattler, Dan Linter and Jeff Cornwall all scoring before the first Quarter ended.

To the Second

The second Quarter started off Fast, with Dane Dobbie scoring at the 1 minute mark.

Mark Mathews scored at the 2 minute mark, and Casey Jackson scored on a power play bang bang pass from Dane Dobbie at the 3:50 mark.

It took another 4 minutes for Wes Berg (3 goals 4 assists) to score again.

Jeff Shattler scored at the 10:50 minute and then again at the 14 minute mark both on the same major power play.

The score at the half was 8 to 4, with the Rush leading the Seals.

I jokingly told the rest of the guys at Lax Philly that the Seals had them right where they wanted them. And on a strange night where the favorite was losing in all the games it seemed more funny than true.

To the Third

The Third Quarter the Rush went right back to business with Robert Church scoring at the 1 minute mark.

At this point the Rush seemed to be running out of gas, but with a 9 to 4 lead it was nearly taken for granted that the Rush would win….

But this is the NLL where no lead is safe, you play on, and 11 minutes later Wes Berg scored, followed up by Mac O’Keefe scoring 2 minutes after that. The Rush still had the lead 9 to 6 with 15:00 to play.

Drama Time

The Fourth Quarter, Tre Leclaire scored on a power play 2 minutes 42 seconds in.

And both Defenses tightened down.

Then Wes Berg finally snuck one past Penny at the 9 minute 22 second mark, Followed up by Zach Greer to tie the game with with 1 minute 20 seconds left.

Wes Berg grabbed a loose ball and called time out with 8 seconds on the clock.

San Diego pulled Frank Scigliano for the final 8 seconds, and Wes Berg sprinted full tilt down the field and shot which was blocked by Penny, with Jermey Noble scooping the loose ball and scored, then got buried near the boards by a rush Defender with less than 2 seconds left in the game the Seals had the lead 10 to 9.

And as the final 2 seconds ticked off the Seals had the victory.

San Diego with dramatic comeback.

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.