Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
We’ve been waiting for it all season, but the San Diego Seals’ high-powered offense came alive in a 16-9 win over the Vancouver Warriors on Friday night.
Vancouver was able to stay within striking distance as they were down 8-5 at the half. However, San Diego put together a full 60 minutes of lacrosse and didn’t let off the gas in the second half.
Aaron Bold was pelted with rubber in goal for the Warriors. He stopped 51 of 67 shots in the loss. Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Frank Scigliano got the nod for the Seals and stopped 35 of 44 shots for the win.
Back-and-forth first quarter
Both teams exchanged goals as San Diego held a narrow one-goal lead after the first quarter.
Graydon Bradley got the Seals on the board first, scoring 3:59 into the game. Kyle Killen replied back with 5:02 on the clock to tie the game at one.
Wes Berg scored his first of four goals with 3:45 left in the frame. It didn’t take long for the Warriors to tie it up again. Chase Scanlan beat Scigliano 24 seconds later to make it 2-2.
Austin Staats scored the go-ahead goal with 1:41 on the clock to make it 3-2 for the Seals at the first break.
Warriors keep it close
Killen struck early in the second quarter to once again knot up the score at 3-3.
San Diego’s offense came alive midway through the second with a two-goal run. Kevin Crowley found the back of the net at 11:39 on the power play followed by Curtis Dickson at 9:47.
Scanlan scored his second of the game at 6:19 but Dickson would score on an individual effort at 5:27 to put San Diego up by two.
Killen made the Seals pay on the power play with 4:48 to play in the first half to make it 6-5 for San Diego.
The Seals rounded out the first half with a two-goal run with markers from Staats and Crowley to make it 8-5 at the half. The two goals was start a five-goal run for the Seals between the second and third quarters
Seals pull away
Two goals from Berg and a marker from Staats to open the second half would extend San Diego’s to 11-5 as the San Diego offense came alive with a five-goal run. Keegan Bal showed he was not going to quit. He stopped the bleeding with 2:17 left on the clock.
Crowley rounded out the scoring in the third quarter, once again on the man-advantage, with 1:35 left on the clock to give the Seals a 12-6 lead with one quarter left to play.
San Diego for the win
Berg scored on the power play 35 seconds into the fourth quarter to keep the game out of reach for the Warriors.
Vancouver found some momentum with a two-goal run. Scanlan scored at 11:02 and Bal followed that up 40 seconds later.
The Seals replied with a two-goal run on their own. Danny Logan found the back of the net with 7:25 and Dickson scored 2:10 later to make it 15-8 for the Seals.
Owen Barker took a long lead pass from Bold at 2:23 to make it 15-9. Mac O’Keefe closed out the scoring to make the final 16-9.
San Diego Seals
Austin Staats, 3g 5a
Wes Berg, 4g 3a
Curtis Dickson, 3g 3a
Keegan Bal, 2g 3a
Kyle Killen, 3g 1a
Chase Scanlan, 3g
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Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.