The Salt City Eels Move to 6-0

The Salt City Eels move to 6-0 in the Empire North bracket of the IBLA. The Albany Hyenas (2-4) faced the Salt City Eels at Burnet Turf Arena. Kori and Leroy Halftown were a wrecking crew with a combined nine goals and five assists in leading the Eels to a resounding 18-6 victory.

To the Action

Albany got the game’s first goal at the :46 mark thanks to Hunter Purner (2g). Salt City fired back with Leroy Halftown setting up his brother, Kori (4g,2a). This was followed fifty seconds later by Brendan Bomberry (2g,2a) hitting the back of the net. Justin McKinney (2g) tied the score with a short-handed goal at the 5:56 mark and the score fest was on. At least for Salt City that is.

Leroy Halftown (5g, 3a), Timothy Zmidal (3g,1a), Kori Halftown, Matthew Bennett (1g), and another from Leroy Halftown closed the first with the Eels slipping away, 7-2. Leroy Halftown sent a pretty pass that Bomberry buried making it a six-goal run. McKinney picked up his second that cut it to 8-3. A four-run presented itself for the Eels with James Schutt (1g,1a), a pair from Kori Halftown, and Bomberry picking up his second consecutive assist on a Leroy Halftown marker. Eleven seconds after the Halftown goal, Albany recorded a man-advantage tally when Marquis Terrell (1g) potted one past netminder, Troi Benedict (23 saves for Salt City).

Here we go again with Zmidal, Kori Halftown setting up Jordan Jarvis (1g,1a), Jarvis setting up Kori Halftown, and Bobby Defreze (1g) extending the deficit fo 16-4 and “run the clock” time for the final stanza. At 7:17, McKinney got his second unassisted goal only to be matched by Leroy Halftown. Nick Testa (1g) got Albany to a 17-6 deficit with Kori Halftown capping off his big game. Shots were 54-29 for the slippery Eels with Christian Hunt facing all 54  and stopping 36. Salt City received points from 13 different players. Georgia Swarm must be impressed with recent signee, Leroy Halftown. The Salt City Eels move to 6-0.

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.