Seals Surface for 10-9 Victory

The San Diego Seals (10-8) snapped a six game losing streak with 10-9 defeat of the 6-12 Vancouver Warriors.

Kevin M. Neibauer

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The victory wraps up the top spot in the NLL West Division.

A nip and tuck battle throughout saw the Seals take charge with 1:41 remaining in the contest.

First Stanza..

Player of the game, Austin Staats (2g,5a) started the ball rolling converting a Wes Berg set up with 2:46 played off a power play.

Twenty two seconds later, Riley Loewen (2g,2a) leveled the score with help from Taylor Stuart (1a) and Brandon Goodwin (1a).

At that point it became a goal exchange.

Kyle Killen (2g,2a) put home the work of Keegan Bal and Loewen to give the Warriors a short lived 2-1 lead.

Rookie phenom, Tre LeClaire (1g) hit net on a man down situation to, once again, even the score.

Logan Schuss (3a) set up Killen for second of the period, again, on the advantage.

Fifty two seconds elapsed before Staats knotted it up for the third time.

Loewen ended the quarter with help from Killen and Schuss for the 4-3 Vancouver edge.

Period Two..

Dane Dobbie (2g,1a) with :54 elapsed. Followed with Staats setting up Brett Hickey (1g) at 1:33 to flip the lead the Seals way, 5-4.

With that, a power play party broke out

Keegan Bal (2g,2a) picked up his first of two man up markers

In just thirty five seconds, Wes Berg (1g,4a) and Dane Dobbie converted on power play markers.

Defensive stand out, Reid Bowering (1g) made it a 7-6 Seals lead at 5:12.

Casey Jackson (3g) picked up his game to end the half with San Diego swimming in shallow water, 8-6.

Moving Along…

Defensive intensity kicked in for the final 30:00 with just five lamp lighters.

Jackson hit for his second in a row with Vancouver’s Adam Charalambides (2g) returning the feat.

Jackson said, “hold my beer” and completed his hatty to end the third Stanza with a 10-8 Seals advantage.

Who Wants It?

Bal connected for his second power play goal with with 3:35 to play but, the San Diego defense shut the door on the 10-9 First Place clincher.

News and Notes:

• Shots on Goal had a 54-48 Seals advantage.

• Two struggling netminders, Frank Scigliano and Alex Buque came in prepared and played well.

• Buque stopped 44 Seals shots with Scigliano turning aside 39 Warriors tries.

• An Achilles heel for San Diego, face offs ..while not great, were good enough with a 14-11 deficit.

• Ryan Martel went 14 for 21 for Vancouver.

• Another eye opening game from Vancouver’s Reid Bowering who scored a goal and scooped an incredible 23 loose balls.

• The legend, Brodie Merrill was also impressive with 14 for San Diego.

• Power plays revealed San Diego going 5 of 6 and Vancouver a perfect 3 for 3.

• Vancouver has ended their season but, San Diego has a match up in a crossover with the Philadelphia Wings

Pechanga Arena will host the event with a 7PM start.

Seals Swim Away with the 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.