The Six Nations Snipers took the Arena Lacrosse League East Championship with a 16-11 defeat of the Whitby Steel Hawks.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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Big offensive explosions on both ends of the floor with Trent Boyd (8 points) and Tyler Goodchild (5 points) leading Whitby.
For the Snipers, Johnny Powless, Travis Longboat, Tye Argent and Scott Del Zotto combined for an eye popping, 24 points
Del Zotto, Game MVP along with Whitby’s Boyd, led everyone with 8 points.
A game with both rosters dotted with former or current National Lacrosse League players
To the Game
Despite notorious slow starts for Six Nations, they came ready to play on this day
A minute forty three into the action, Tyler Brown started things off with his only marker on the day with Tye Argent and Scott Del Zotto assisting to put The Snipers up.
At 9:22, Whitby got it even when Cody McMahon and Tyler Goodchild set up Trent Boyd (5g,3a)
Six Nations kicked it into gear and buried four goals in just under eight minutes from, Del Zotto (5g,3a), Jeremy Bomberry (2g,1a), from Argent and Vern Hill (3a) and, one from of the backstories is Travis Longboat (4g,2a) more on him in a bit
The first concluded with a 5-1 score.
Six Nations pushed the run to five just :44 in with Del Zotto converting a Jeremy Bomberry and Johnny Powless connection.
Whitby answered with Boyd and, thirty five seconds later, Scott Edwards (1g) off a transition set up by, recently signed by Saskatchewan, Laine Hruska.
Del Zotto got his hat-trick, set up by Justin Martin (1g,2a) and Argent’s 3rd helper.
Cody McMahon notched one on the advantage off a pretty feed from Boyd who, in turn, picked up his hat trick at 3:36.
Longboat, Del Zotto and, with :34 left, Longboat ended the 10-5 half
To the Third..
Argent and Longboat teamed up for a Bomberry marker at 13:20.
Whitby fired back courtesy of Goodchild (1g,4a), Matt Boisseneault (1g,1a) and Owen Boyle (1g,2a) cutting it to a three goal game, 11-8.
Del Zotto, followed :32 later by Tye Argent (1g, 4a) reinstated the five goal Snipers lead at the end of three.
The final quarter of the 2022 Arena Lacrosse League season revealed just six goals with the Snipers and Steel Hawks each netting three.
Boyle and Boyd did the work for Dan Michel (1g,2a) and the crowd was wondering, “Can it happen?”
The Snipers took aim with Longboat, Justin Martin (1g,2a) and, with Hruska pulled, Mike McLaughlin (1g).
Boyd added two goals, at 2:59 and the final goal of the season with :22 left to end the 16-11 contest.
• Whitby went five of seven on the advantage with Six Nations a perfect 1 for 1.
I mentioned earlier the current or former National Lacrosse League players involved in this one
Recently signed by the Rush, Laine Hruska, Matt Boisseneault, Johnny Powless and, Travis Longboat.
Longboat, on the practice squad of the Georgia Swarm, was in attendance at the Swarm home game against Buffalo just hours before the Championship game.
Longboat flew out, arrived in Buffalo at 2AM and obviously, was a stand out in the victory.
Six Nations Takes Arena League East Title.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.