Seals With Big Win

Complied and Written by Ross McLoughlin

LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

The San Diego Seals had an extinction level event with a sold out house, Rock tunes and a battle on the floor.

The crowd was huge, loud and having a blast. It fed onto the field and the Seals got into it also and delivered a win. 

“It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t a masterpiece but we’ll take it,” said after the game. “Tonight had a playoff atmosphere. That is what we are going to be facing the rest of the way.” Patty Merrill explained.

Patty Merrill is right that it wasn’t pretty but the San Diego Seals really don’t care how pretty a game is, they care about out scoring whatever team is sitting in the box next to them.

So far the Seals Record is 9 wins, 2 losses, with 127 goals for and 94 goals against.

Good enough for middle of the league in Scoring and with only 94 goals against that’s best in all the league. Putting San Diego firmly in command of the Western Division.

The Colorado Mammoth, fresh off the Airplane with no time to enjoy the beach and sunshine that San Diego has plenty of, and still riding mile high after Friday’s win over the Warriors in overtime had a bit of Swagger and confidence that showed up and over no matter how tired those boys must have been playing less than 24 hours before.

To their credit they played a full 60 minutes not trying to give the Seals an inch in this back and forth battle.

Let’s Get To It.

The action got started with Mac O’Keefe scoring the opening net ripper off feeds from Austin Staats by way of Tre Leclaire at the 4 minute mark.

It then took over 4 more minutes for Zed Williams (AKA Zedzilla or ZeddyBallgame to some) to answer with a feed from Ryan Lee at 8:30 mark.

WIth 3 more minutes of furious action Wes Berg scored at 11:15 in the first off a feed from Dane Dobbie and Zach Greer.

Followed 35 seconds later by also freshly off the Airplane from Philadelphia, Brett Hickey scoring with a double feed effort by Dane Dobbie and Zach Greer to finish off the scoring action in the 1st. Score 3 to 1.

Second Quarter.

Austin Staats, refreshed and healthy, opened up the scoring in the Second with a power play goal at the one minute mark with feeds from Wes Berg and Tre Leclaire.

Connor Robinson then put a end to the Seals 3 goal run with a mini-run of his own scoring twice in  less than a minute, bringing the Mammoth to within 1 goal,

Dane Dobbie did Dane Dobbie things and scored at the  7:30 minute mark on a feed from Jeremy Noble who acts as the catalyst to nearly all Seals Scoring.

The Mammoth answered at the 12:30 mark with a score by Anthony Joaquim. Seals Jeremy Noble threaded the needle with 2 seconds left in the half to put the Seals up 6 to 4.

Third Stanza…

The Third started off slow with neither team scoring till the Mammoth’s Joey “Lightning” Cupido brought the Thunder down and put one past Frank Scigliano at the 6:50 mark.

It took nearly 2 minutes before San Diego answered with a score from Zach Greer with a double feed from Staats and Dobbie.

Zedzilla wasn’t done yet, finishing off the quarter with a score at the 13:50 mark.

Fourth and Final

Ryan Lee opened the 4th up with a score at the 5 minute mark.

Lee really acts as the General of the Mammoth and starts every possession with the ball.

A few minutes later a fight broke out as Zedzilla went full godzilla attacking and sucker punching and throwing Tyson Bomberry to the ground with the Zebras interfering before “Bombers” could get up and get some licks of his own in.

Austin Staats would then capitalize on the powerplay and score at the 7:30 mark.

With both Frank Scigliano and Dillon Ward playing great in front of their respective nets the game was still in doubt as San Diego only held a one goal lead.

Wes Berg then put the nail in the Coffin with an Iceberg sized hammer smashing the net at the 14:40 minute mark.

San Diego wins 9 to 7 and with 2 upcoming road games ends the 4 game homestand with 3 wins and 1 loss.

The Mammoth head on down to Texas to face the surging Panther City Club who are quietly becoming the Sleeper Club of the West who might just sneak into the playoffs.

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.