Seals Fail to Wrap Up West

Written and Compiled by Ross McLoughlin
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

Seals Fail to Clinch over the Surging Wings

This week the Philadelphia Wings (8-8) traveled to Sunny San Diego. It was a matchup made in heaven for the struggling Seals (9-5) who had lost 2 games in a row and looking to clinch the Western Division, the Wings had yet to beat a .500 team all season.

The San Diego Seals have a stunning Offense, and a Stingy Defense, but the Transition game more specifically the Faceoff position is killing San Diego.

Going into Camp the Seals had Max Adler, Alex Woodall, Brandon Clelland, Tyson Bomberry, Jeremy Noble and Eli Gobrecht all able to take faceoffs.

Clelland was the starter last season and had a 48% win Percentage. The Seals had faith that was enough, and let Max Adler and Alex Woodall go.

Adler was picked up by the Bandits, and Woodall has been picked up by the surging Colorado Mammoth.

San Diego have yet to beat a team with a Elite Faceoff Guy. That brings us to Wings VS Seals game, The Seals are Facing TREVOR BAPTISTE. Who in this day and age is Mr Faceoff.

Trevor went 21 for 29. For a 72% win percentage against the Seals.

Not saying that translates directly for a win, but more shots on goal, means more shots in the net statistically speaking.

The San Diego defense also was looking tired, They have bailed Netminder Frank Scigliano out all year, and Scigliano has done his part also, but there is something going on the past few weeks, Either Scigliano is not getting the looks he wants or other teams have figured out how to get in his head early and they take up space rent free.

In this league it’s all about deception or a fakeout. The Seals are Second guessing everything at this point.

One other observation: when the Seals Score first they tend to lose the game.

First Quarter

The Seals Tre Leclaire (2g,2a) scored first just under 3 minutes down. The Wings answered with scores by Matt Rambo (2g,4a) and Kevin Crowley (1g,5a) in the following 3 minutes.

The Seals then went on a run, with Leclaire, Mac O’Keefe (1g,1a), Zach Greer (3g,4a) Brett Hickey (1g,1a) and Austin Staats (3g,1a( all scoring to finish out the first Quarter. Score San Diego 6- Philadelphia 2.

Second Quarter

This was nearly a mirror image of the first quarter, Wings Kyle Jackson (1g,3a) scored in the first minute, followed up a minute later by a score from Seals Austin Staats.

Then for the rest of the quarter it was Wings score after Wings score Ben McIntosh (3g) Corey Small (3g,1a) Kiel Matisz (1g,4a) Blaze Riorden (1g,1a) and Corey Small finishing it up with a power play goal. Score at the end of the first half , Philadelphia 8- San Diego 7.

Third Quarter

Ben McIntosh scored in the first minute of the third Quarter, and then it was outstanding defense on both sides of the ball.

Austin Staats put the lone score for the Seals at the 11:30 Mark in the quarter.  Bringing the score to 9-8.

Fourth Quarter

After a devastating Cross check by Jackson Suboch  and a 5 minute major penalty the Wings let a pair of power play goals in by Casey Jackson (12g,3a).

Corey Small, Matt Rambo and Ben McIntosh answered giving the Wings a 2 goal advantage with 2 minutes left.

Zach Greer said “hop on my back” and scored 2 times in less than a minute to tie the ball game and time expired in the Quarter.

Overtime

After a faceoff win the Ben McIntosh got a feed from Kevin Crowley and buried the ball in the back of the net. Giving the Wings the win, 13-12.

Stats:

Shots favored San Diego, 53-51.

Frank Scigliano stopped 38 with Zach Higgins stopping 41.

Cam Holding lead the Seals with 10 loose balls.

Baptiste led everybody with 18 loose balls.

Seals Fail to Wrap Up West

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.

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