Sundown and Teat Huge In Riptide Win

Eduardo Curros  – All Lacrosse All The Time’s Field Correspondent

Week 15 of the National Lacrosse League season and March to May continues. The resilient New York Riptide (6-7) have their work cut out for them trying to snap a three game losing streak coming into Saturday’s game. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas Desert Dogs (4-8) have been better, but still are third from the bottom of the standings. With the playoff starting in just over a month, each game has huge ramifications. 

First Quarter:

John Wagner would get the Desert Dogs off to a quick start scoring unassisted just 2:14 into the game, but the rest of the quarter belonged to New York.

Kiel Matisz tied the game 0:37 seconds later with help from Jeff Teat and Connor Kearnan, followed by Damon Edwards I  transition converting an Andrew Borgatti feed at 5:02.

Teat would score his first on passes from Kearnan and Larson Sundown at 7:23. The last goal of the quarter was a powerplay goal from Sundown 14:25, on a pass from Teat and Kearnan. Riptide would lead 4-1.

Jeff Teat increased the lead shorthanded, with Connor Kearnan finding him down low at 7:23, followed by Larson Sundown with his first of six on the night off a Teat feed at 14:25.

After one, New York was up 4-1.

Second Quarter:

Larson Sundown opened the second quarter scoring with another power-play goal off a Reilly O’Connor feed at 1:11, but Las Vegas answered for the first time in 14:51 when Casey Jackson solved Cam Dunkerley at 2:05.

Sundown would add a pair more to his total before this quarter was over.  The first was a tic-tac-toe play between O’Connor and Teat, finished by Sundown at 7:26, followed by a power-play dunk from behind the net off a Matisz feed at 12:48.

The Riptide headed to the dressing room with a massive 7-2 lead.

Third Quarter:

Whatever was talked about in the Desert Dogs dressing room at halftime inspired the team.  Jack Hannah opened the scoring on the power-play off a Casey Jackson pass at 0:32 seconds, followed by Rob Hellyer finishing off a Sean Westley pass at 3:40.

Jeff Teat got his second of the night for New York at 4:06, but this didn’t deter the Las Vegas club.

Connor Kirst scored for Las Vegas off a Griffin Hall pas at 5:20, followed by a pair from Casey Jackson.  First a blast off a Rob Hellyer pass at 7:22, followed by a quick stick off a Zack Greer feed at 10:49.

New York kept plowing forward with Sundown scoring his fifth of the day at 12:37 followed by Austin Madronic finishing off a beautiful feed from Jeff Teat 0:19 seconds later.

The teams headed to the fourth quarter with the Riptide up 10-8.

Fourth Quarter:

The Riptide gave themselves some breathing room to start the fourth with a pair of goals.  Kevin Brownell scored in transition off a Brent Noseworthy pass at 2:28, followed by Sundown’s sock-trick sixth goal off a Matisz feed at 3:23.

The Desert Dogs made a final push scoring three times.  Jack Hannah converted a Casey Jackson pass at 4:31, followed by Jackson himself finishing off a Zack Greer pass at 6:46.  Rob Hellyer brought the game within one goal with a blast off a Jake Saunders pass at 9:40.

End to end action ensued with the Riptide finally taking the doubt out of the game with Callum Jones scoring unassisted at 14:38.

The Riptide win 13-11 snapping their losing streak, taking the seventh seed in the playoff race. 

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.