Sea Spray Claim 1st

In Arena League West action, the Sea Spray (8-3) claimed first place overall with a 12-8 defeat of the Black Fish (4-7).

The Black Fish were riding a three game winning streak.

First Quarter

Things started tight with Greg Lunde (2g) taking advantage off a set-up from Toru Morimatsu (1a) and Ethan M’Lot to give the Fish a lead at 8:56.

Tyler Kirkby (2g) followed 1:52 later by James Rahe (2g,2a) set up by Adam Dickson (3a) and John Hofseth flipped the lead the Sea Splash way.

It took just :47 for Chase McIntyre (4g,1a) to convert with helpers going to Lunde and Ryan Jones (2a).

The Spray took over off with lamp lighters from James Rahe and Nick Preston (4a) quickly followed with David Byrne (1g, 1a) to end the quarter with a 4-2 Sea Spray lead.

Quarter Two

Connor Goodwin (2g) and an unassisted Preston Lupul (2g) marker got it to 6-2.

Nathan M’Lot and and Jordan Roberts did the work for McIntyre to end the three goal second stanza with a 6-3 Sea Spray lead.

To The Third

The third quarter, like the second, only revealed a trio of markers started by John Hofseth (1g, 2a) from Adam Dickson (3a) and Preston.

Forty seconds would pass and Preston Lupul would hit net making it 8-3.

M’Lot (1g, 4a) put an end to the rally to close the third with the Sea Spray in charge, 8-4.

To The Fourth

At 14:05, Kirkby hit on the advantage with helpers from Preston and Parker Kump. Goodwin followed by a Kump (1g,3a) goal ncreased the advantage to 11-4.

Jordan Robert’s (1g,1a) put an end to the barrage but, Keegan Bell (1g) countered.

The Black Fish had scored just five times in the opening 53 minutes.

McIntyre hit for a pair and Lunde finished off the 14-8 game and a clinch of first place for the Sea Spray.

“Bragging rights and that’s it because the first round is a one-game do-or-die and it is whoever can get their best line-up, I’ve lost one-game playoffs just because the other goaltender has had the game of his life, so we are starting over fresh, just like everyone else.” Sea Spray Coach Andy Ogilvie on achieving first place.


Power plays were anemic with the Sea Spray going 2 for 7 and the Black Fish 0 for 9.

Shots favored the Spray, 57-46

Matteo Tack turned aside 38 Fish shots with Gordy Bowden starting and finish stopping 36 shots allowing 8 goals in his 44:22 with David Mather going 14:51 allowing 4 goals on 13 shots.

Sea Spray Clinch First

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.