Seals Win the West?

Ross McLoughlin

The San Diego Seals are looking to Build Momentum off the biggest Free Agent Signing of the
Offseason, of signing Dane Dobbie and a great Draft 2021 draft.

Head Coach Patrick Merrill has
his work cutout for him. It’s not a bad thing, having such a strong Group of players to build a
team out of.

Counting on a talented returning Transition/defense and a fired up more balanced Offense. The
team is not without weak links. Last time this team took the floor, there were many questions
going on in the goalie position.

If Frank Scigliano is on the top of his game he should be more
than capable. The Seals are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Scigliano who has
yet to shine to his full potential.

That’s what this all comes down to: Winning.

Certain players on this team are nearing the end of
Their careers, Brodie Merrell, Zach Greer and Dane Dobbie are all near the end of the road playing professional

. They are all great players, But father time waits for no man.
Brodie Merrell, one could say he is the greatest Defensive player of all time. He is now 40 and it
would be hard to imagine him playing many more seasons

. Zach Greer has already retired
once. Dane Dobbie is out to cement his place among the greats with another Championship.

Lets review the rest of the western Division.

The Roughnecks are Gutted with the losses of Tyson Bell and Dane Dobbie. Curtis Dickson for
years has had Dobbie to play with, but he also can’t do it alone.

On defense, Christian Del
Bianco is one of the most talented Goalies in the league but is that enough? Lets face it, the
Roughnecks dont win a lot of games, but they were able to win IMPORTANT Games. T

They were
the team that won ENOUGH games to just make it to the playoffs then win out. But without
Dobbie, Dickson’s act of running into traffic and drawing a penalty will be a tired one.

I predict
the Roughnecks have a record of 4 wins and 14 losses

The Warriors have Mitch Jones but the rest of the offense is lacking the firepower to back him
up. And the Defense has many holes that even the signing of Garrett Mcintosh will fill.

Warriors picked one of the best Defensive Draft Picks in the last ten years, Reid Bowering. But
with so many holes I don’t see much of a chance with this team. I predict the Warriors will have
a record of 5 wins and 13 losses.

The Rush are a team that has been Very good in the past, but they lost a lot of talent since the
last time they took the floor. They replaced a lot of that veteran talent with draft picks.

The team
got a lot younger and more inexperienced. That has seldom bodes well for teams. I predict the
Rush will Finish at a Respectable 8 wins, 10 losses.

The Mammoth have a hard time against the Seals, and have not done well the past few
seasons overall. But with some mediocre drafts the team has not gotten better. I expect the
Mammoth will win 3 with 15 losses.

Panther City is the newest kid on the block. They have some talent but they also have some
holes. But they also have a fantastic set of Young Goalies who should be able to pull them out
of a jam.

ELet’s see if the offense gives them enough fireworks to win some games. My
prediction is Panther City won’t fair as bad as other expansion clubs in their first year, with only
one of the previous expansion club having a winning record in their debut. I say Panther City has a record.of 6-12.

The Seals with a weak division where they play each team mentioned, three times because of a restructured schedule.

At the same time, San Diego is not playing the Bandits, Thunderbirds, Knighthawks or Swarm this season.

They actually only face three teams outside of the West.

San Diego should finish the year with a record of fifteen wins and three losses.

The real real question is…what happens when this team reaches the playoffs? That is anyone’s guess but, San Diego is the team to beat in 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.