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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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.