Surprise in San Diego

Kevin M. Neibauer

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The Albany Firewolves (5-6), losers of three straight, trekked cross country to take on the San Diego Seals (6-2).

San Diego came. In riding a six game win streak.

Both streaks would end thanks, in part to the combination of Ryan Benesch and Joe Resetarits who combined for 15 points.

Truth be told, this was a complete team effort for the Albany 13-12 victory.

Let’s Break it Down.

Things started good for the home team with Cam Holding (1g) putting home a nice outlet pass from Frank “The Tank” Scigliano at the 1:48 mark.

Andrew Kew and Benesch shook the goal off and set up Joe Resetarits (2g,5a) to start his big game.

Despite many chances, neither team could find the back of the net and the curtain came down on the 1-1 first quarter.

To the Second.

Things blew wide open with a combined 13 goals. Five were registered before five minutes elapsed.

Austin Staats (4g,2a) bruised his way thru defenders to put the Seals up, 2-1.

Charlie Kitchen (1g) knotted it up with a nice hesitation move with help from Benesch.

It took :14 for Grayson Bradley (1a) to find Zack Greer (1g,2a) and the battle was raging

Albany would go on a run fueled by Reilly O’Connor (1g4a) at 3:48, Jacob Ruest (4g) at 4:24 and Colton Watkinson (1a) teaming up with O’Connor on a Resetarits 5:06.

Wes Berg (3g) stopped the run with goals at 5:28 and 7:07.

Ruest, set up by Resetarits and Jackson Nishimura (1a) got it to 6-5 at 7;25.

Twenty five seconds later, Andrew Kew (3g,1) made it a two goal game

San Diego ended the half in a flurry with Staats and a pair of power play goals from Berg.

Berg got all four of his goals in the quarter.

I Need a Nap…To the Third.

Things simmered down with just five lamp lighters.

Mac O’Keefe (3a) hit Staats who buried a beautiful backhand goal at 1:58 to give the Seals a 9-7 edge

Albany would go on another three goal fest with Ruest, Kew and Benesch (2g, 6a) flipping the lead to 10-9 Albany.

Staats scored a man down goal that closed the third with a 10-10 score

Should Be a Wild Finish.

O’Connor set up Benesch with just :52 played.

Kew pushed it to 12-10:32 later

Tre LeClaire (1g,5a) answered and the partisan Pechanga crowd was getting louder.

Ruest quieted things at 4:53 and the drama was on.

A lot of time for San Diego to make some noise.

But, the Albany defense clamped down and only allowed a Jeremy Noble (1g,4a) goal with 4:23 left that presented the 13-12 Albany victory


The Albany win, coupled with the earlier loss by Philadelphia, moves Albany into 4th place in the East

With losses of Colorado and Vancouver, San Diego was not impacted by the defeat.

• shots on Goal were 57-48 for San Diego with Frank Scigliano allowing 13 goals but stopping 35 shots for San Diego.

Doug Jamieson was outstanding for Albany with his 45 stops.

• Face offs were owned by Albany’s Joe Nardello, 25-30.

Surprise in San Diego.

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.