Seals survive late onslaught to defeat Riptide

Shawn Slaght, All Lacrosse All The Time – A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The New York Riptide tried to complete a late onslaught, but the San Diego Seals would walk away with a 15-14 victory on Saturday night.

San Diego’s acquisitions of Kevin Crowley and Curtis Dickson paid dividends. Crowley finished the night with two goals and two assists, while Superman ended up with five goals and eight points.

Frank Scigliano got the nod for the season-opener for the Seals, stopping 42 shots in the win.

Meanwhile, the Riptide leaned heavily on Reilly O’Connor and Jeff Teat. The talk of the game, however, will be Teat’s disallowed goal that could have cost New York a chance to send the game into overtime

Close first quarter

Crowley got the scoring going at the 12:00 mark of the first and added a second only 45 seconds later.

Callum Crawford would break the goose egg at 9:06 to reduce the lead down to one 2-1.

Dickson would score his first in a Seals’ uniform at 7:56 to restore San Diego’s two-goal lead.

The Riptide answered right back with a two-goal run to finish off the quarter. First, O’Connor would find the back of the net on the man advantage with 6:24 left in the first quarter. Teat would then tie up the game with four seconds left on the clock.

San Diego pulls away in the second

The Seals would put up five goals in the second quarter as they started to pull away.

But first, Teat and Jake Fox would open the scoring to give the Riptide their first lead of the game 5-3.

New York would find themselves in penalty trouble and the Seals made them pay. With the Riptide down two men, Dickson would get the Seals back within one at 10:56. Casey Jackson would get in on the action on the powerplay at 10:27 to tie up the game.

O’Connor got the Riptide back up by one, scoring at 9:04 to make it 6-5. The Seals would finish off the quarter with goals from Wes Berg, Cam Holding and Jackson to make it 8-6 at the half.

Seals pour it on in the third

Dan Lomas opened the scoring at 13:04 to make it 8-7 for San Diego. The Seals would not relent, however.

Dane Dobbie started a three-goal run for the Seals at 10:37. Jackson added his third at 5:33 and Mac O’Keefe made it 11-7 at 4:37.

Wild finish

San Diego kept pulling away early in the fourth quarter with a pair of goals by Dickson.

Not to be outdone, Teat scored a pair himself, first at 9:15 and a second at 8:38. Dickson replied right back at 7:44 to make 14-9 for the Seals.

Jay Thorimbert got the Riptide back within four with 5:40 left in the game. Berg replied right back 25 seconds later to make it 15-10.

The Riptide went on a four-goal run starting with Andrew Borgatti finding the back of the net at 4:16 followed by Connor Kearnan at 2:32. Fox continued the late onslaught with 1:30 left to play as New York made a late charge. Kearnan scored with 33 seconds left in the game to get the Riptide within one.

It looked like Teat completed the late onslaught with 6.4 seconds, but the video review controversially overturned the decision. New York couldn’t find the equalizer to make the final 15-14.

Top Scorers

San Diego

Curtis Dickson, 5g 3a

Casey Jackson, 3g 3a

Dane Dobbie, 1g 5a

New York

Jeff Teat, 4g 7a

Reily O’Connor, 2g 3a

Connor Kearnan, 2g 3a

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Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

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.