The Stage is Set

And now there are two. The stage is set. The championship round of the 2021 Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League is now set.
Toyota advanced and had to wait a day to find their opponent. The upstart Bombers faced the juggernaut that is Portside.
Portside will be the opponent by virtue of their 15-9 defeat of a stubborn Bombers squad.



A back and forth opening quarter got started with Andrew Hasz (2g) being the recipient of a pretty setup from Kaden Brennan to put the Bombers in front with just :39 played. It would take only a minute and change for Portside to strike back with a marker from Bradley Jones (3g) with the helper belonging to JP Dalton (1a). The squads would never score more than one in a row the whole quarter.

Zane Dalpe (2g,1a) was matched by Brody Bartell (1g) for Portside. Jimmy Jackson (2g) gave the Bombers the lead for six minutes.
Jones added his second one to draw it even at 3. Hasz and Maxwell Siskind (3g) closed the curtain on the 4-4 quarter.


Another quick strike, this time it was Shaun Crow with his first of 4 at the :52 mark gave Portside a 5-4 advantage.
Siskind pushed it to 6-4. But, Sean Reilly (2a) set up Dalpe on the advantage cutting the lead to one goal. Crow picked up an advantage goal of their own with Jones and Joe Bucci (2g) pushing the Portside lead to 9-5 at halftime. Bucci made it a four-goal run at 14:03.

Dalpe set up Kaden Brennan on a power play to put an end to run and a 10-6 disadvantage. Christopher Ashcraft (1g) with Calub Tatum (1g) complimenting to bring the Bombers within two at 10-8. Crow set up “Buggs” Combs to counter and put it a three-goal difference. Peter Green (1g) added the final goal of the stanza with Portside seemingly in control with a 12-8 lead. The goal came on a man-down situation.

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Crow added another man-up score followed by another from Siskind and yet again, Crow. With :47 left, Jimmy Jackson scored the final goal in the Bombers season.


Brian Kusterer stopped 16 of 25 shots in the Portside nets with Julian Flores having 24 saves on 39 chances for the Bombers. The Bombers hit two advantage goals on their 8 chances with Portside lighting the lamp three of 8 as well. JP Dalton went 13 of 24 from the X. Bombers GM, Larry Fila, spoke candidly post-game.

“The Bombers had a great first season in the league. We came up short in the semi-finals but it was a very well fought game against a very experienced and veteran Portside team. Very proud of this team, Great group of guys.”


The Baltimore indoor Lacrosse league’s 36th championship features Ulman (Toyota) vs. Portside. Looking forward to an extremely competitive Championship Series. The stage is set for a great series.

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.