Seals’ Disappearing Act Stops Win Streak

The San Diego Seals came into their Week 11 game against the New York Riptide on a four-game winning streak. The Riptide, wearing special jerseys modeled after Spider-Man for Marvel ComicsTM Super Hero Night, had a three-game winning streak of their own on the line. Austin Staats and Curtis Dickson would carry the Seals to a 7-2 halftime lead. But San Diego would disappear in the second half, managing just one goal on Riptide goaltender Cam Dunkerley. Jeff Teat and Connor Kearnan would rally New York to a 10-8 win over the Seals, snapping San Diego’s win streak while running their own win streak to four games. At 5-4, the Riptide are over the .500 mark for the first time ever in franchise history. San Diego falls to 6-3 on the year.

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Seals take commanding lead in first half

After nearly 6 minutes of end-to-end action, Mitch Wilde opened the scoring in transition for New York (5:55). Dane Dobbie would equalize on a power play (7:55), then Staats beat Dunkerley and the buzzer (14:58) to give San Diego a 2-1 lead after one quarter. The Seals would extend their lead in the second quarter with quick strikes from Wesley Berg (2:05) and Dickson (2:30). Tre Leclaire (8:18) made it 5-1 before Teat (8:54) broke the Seals’ five-goal run. Staats (11:35 power play) and Dickson (12:05) each added their second goal to put San Diego up 7-2 at halftime.

Riptide rally in second half as Seals struggle to find the net

New York would slowly climb back into the game, first with tallies from Kearnan (3:39) and Kiel Matisz (6:43 power play) to narrow the margin to 7-4. Staats secured his hat trick 25 seconds later; however, the Seals’ scoring would go silent the rest of the way. Teat’s second goal (9:17) made it an 8-5 game after three quarters.

Over nine minutes went by in the fourth quarter with no change in score, thanks in part to Dunkerley turning aside all shots he faced from the Seals in the final frame. The Riptide staged an epic rally, netting five goals in the final five and a half minutes. Reilly O’Connor scored on the power play (9:32) to pull within two. Teat then went back-to-back (10:18; 12:31) to tie the game, 8-8. Kearnan followed with the go-ahead goal (13:35), and Damon Edwards added a late insurance goal in transition (14:11) to close the scoring.

Other Stats of Note

Faceoffs: SD 14 of 21; NY 7 of 21

Power Play: SD 2 of 3; NY 2 of 4

Dunkerley finished with 52 saves on 60 San Diego shots. Seals goaltender Chris Origlieri made 37 saves in the losing effort.

Staats finished with three goals and two assists, taking a whopping 20 shots on goal and leading all players with 9 loose balls.

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.