The Fledgling Arena League West Had a Battle of Undefeated Teams.

The Grizzlies utilized a stunning start to climb to 3-0 against the now, 2-1 Sea Spray and came away with a commanding 14-8 decision.

How Dominating Were the Grizzlies?

How about a 5-0 first quarter started when Erik Maas picked up his two goals with an assist with tallies at 6:45 that Clark Walter assisted on,then, another at 5:53 fueled by Andrew Gresham getting his first of four helpers.

The deluge was on with Sekawnee Baker (4g,1a) starting his break out day commented with Sekawnee matching the Maas feat with his second at 4:13.

Brayden Laitty (1g) at 2:22 followed at the :52 second mark by Clark Walter (3g, 2a) closed the opening stanza with the Grizzlies in control, 5-0.

Did It Continue?

Indeed, with Baker getting his third of four with an assist and three minutes later, Walter got it 7-0.

The Sea Spray had no quit and kept working with the reward being netminder, Lee Jackman (1a) jumpstarting a transition goal when he hit Aidan Ellis who, in turn found a breaking Keegan Bell.(1g) to stop the run. It became Preston Lupul (2a) and Tyler Kirkby’s time in the spotlight when they combined to do the work on a Erick Foraellius (1g,1a) goal that cut to 7-2 at 6:38.

Pearson Willis (1g) had an answer before Forsellius and Kirkby set up Rob Hofseth (1g) to close the half with an 8-3 Grizzlies advantage.

Second Half

Showing their heart and desire, the Sea Spray came out and made a statement with Lupul and Kirkby setting up Sam Clare (1g,2a), :39 later, Adam Dickson lit the lamp followed by Kirkby (1g,2a) cutting it a two goal.lead at 8-6.

Nash Moog (1g) accompanied by Kieran McKay (1g).provided answers and closed the third with a 10-6 Grizzlies edge.

We Wind It Up

Geordie Phillips (1g) got it 10-7 with 4:21 played and folks began to wonder, can they get it done?

The answer would be a resounding “no” with the Grizzlies sealing the game with goals from, Andrew Joseph (1g), Walter and a pair from Baker that pushed I’d to a 14-7 score.

Dickson provided the final goal in the 14-8 contest.

Dis And Dat

Kyle Mooney faced a whopping 63 shots in winning game MVP, in the Grizzlies nets.

The Splash employed two netminders with Matteo Tack getting injured after just 10:22 but, surrendered just 2 goals with 11 saves.

Lee Jackman took over a picked up an assist to go with 12 goals off 40 tries.

“There are ups and downs, peaks and valleys, so the guys just settled back down and just played our systems and kept on rolling,” said Grizzlies coach Ryan Williams whose team has allowed a league-low 26 goals and is the only one of the four to boast a positive double-digit goal differential at +15.

“And we were able to pull it off against a big, strong team.”

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

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.



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