Eduardo Curros – Field reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time
The Archers (3-1) took on the two time champion Whipsnakes (1-3) Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, Mn.
The Archers were looking to build on a great start to their year, while the Whipsnakes were hoping to continue the momentum started just before the break.
In an evenly played first quarter, the Whipsnakes started by jumping out to a two goal lead. Jack Myers opened the scoring off a Zed Williams pass at 5:49, followed by Mike Chanenchuk extending the lead off a Will Manny feed at 6:14. Tom Schreiber cut it in half, but Zed Williams answered converting a Will Manny pass at 7:38 with a highlight reel behind the back shot for the tally.
The Archers got on track with Matt Moore and Tom Schreiber scoring to end the first quarter tying the score 3-3.
The Archers opened the second quarter on fire scoring three times. Matt Moore opened it up finishing a Mac O’Keefe feed at 0:15 seconds, followed by O’Keefe himself scoring off a Tom Schreiber pass 0:42 seconds later. Moore added another at 3:37.
Not to be outdone, the Whipsnakes came back with three of their own. Keegan Khan scored at 4:34, followed by Tucker Dordevic 0:48 seconds later. A power-play goal by Mike Chanenchuk off a Will Manny pass at 9:28 tied the game.
Connor Fields added one more for the Archers at 10:01 to give them a 7-6 lead heading to the break.
The Whipsnakes came out raring to go with Mike Chanenchuk scoring his third of the game at 1:31, followed by Tucker Dordevic with a 2-point bomb at 3:22.
The Archers stormed back with three of their own. Matt Moore converted a Tre LeClair pass at 5:17, followed by LeClair finishing off a Connor Fields pass at 7:33. Connor Maher converted a Graeme Hossack pass at 9:13 giving the Archers the 10-9 lead.
Mac O’Keefe opened the fourth with a booming 2-point goal at 4:23, followed by Connor Fields pushing it to a four goal lead at 6:03.
Tucker Dordevic fired a 2-point howitzer off a Zed Williams pass at 7:23, but was answered by Connor Fields and Ryan Aughaven to restore the four point lead.
Keegan Khan scored once more for the Whipsnakes, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Archers stellar performance.
Final score, Archers 15 Whipsnakes 12.
- Brent Dobson put on a show for the Archers making 14 saves.
- Mike Sisselbeger and Mac O’Keefe are both making tremendous cases for the Rookie of the Year selection.
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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.