The IBLA Ohio Kicked off with Coyotes Victory

The IBLA Ohio kicked off with a 13-9 Coyotes victory. The Ohio Coyotes (1-0) took on the challenge of the Cleveland Demons (0-1) in the kick-off of the Ohio branch of the IBLA.

A close first period saw a series of runs with The Coyotes starting things at the 4:54 mark with Jordan Kerscher (1 g,2a) converting a pretty feed from  Ryan Callahan followed by Herrick Widdoes (4g,1a) countering to knot things up at 1-1. Dave Degeronimo (2g, 2a) followed a minute and change later. Stephen Jones (1 g,1a) gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead with 4:08 to play in the stanza.

It was Ohio’s turn. Corey DeRoy (5G,1a) picked up his first at the 19:30 mark followed by Jared Sims (2g) converting a Jack Culligan feed to make it a 4-3 Ohio game with just :05 showing on the game clock. The Coyotes kept howling. DeRoy knocking home a sweet goal with help from Kerscher and Callahan to extend it to 5-3.

Cleveland had an answer. Widdoes lighting the lamp at the 4:24 mark with help from David Blue and Stephen Jones. The goal lit a fire under the Coyotes. As a result, DeRoy set up Alex Pang (1g) and DeRoy did it himself with a pair at 11:53 followed by another at 15:18. Degeronimo netted his second on a man-down situation. He converted a Brian Holzheimer (1a) feed to cut the lead to 8-5. Culligan (1g,3a) and David Blue (1g,5a) on the advantage, closed the second with Ohio in front, 9-6.

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DeRoy opened the final stanza with a marker at the 4:01 mark. A defensive battle ensued with neither team hitting paydirt for 8:25 before Blue and Bucky Spoth (1a) were playmakers on a Widdoes goal.  Two minutes and three seconds later it was Blue and Degironimo setting up Widdoes once again to make it a 10-8 contest.

Could Cleveland pull off the comeback?

Jared Sims had an answer. It was “no” and he deposited a pass from Unk Unk to stem the Cleveland tide. One minute elapsed before Jake Mustyn (1g) broke it open at 17:22. Unk Unk (1g.1a) added insurance :17 later. Widdoes capped off his big day with 2:24 to go to close out the 13-9 game. The IBLA Ohio kicked off with Coyotes victory.

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.