Travis Longboat Leads Firewolves To Big Win Over Warriors

The Vancouver Warriors (3-9) took on the Albany Firewolves (10-2) at the MVP Arena in Albany Friday.

 The FireWolves are on a three-game winning streak and will look to ride that momentum as they hunt for a National Lacrosse League (NLL) playoff berth.   The Vancouver Warriors defeated the Buffalo Bandits last weekend, and were looking to continue the momentum heading into Friday’s game.

The Warriors have a deadly offensive group with righties Keegan Bal and Kevin Crowley and lefties Adam Charalambides and Ryan Martel being their primary scorers. All four are crafty shooters and can explode for big games. Their transition game is very good with standout transition player Reid Bowering leading the way.

Albany’s explosive offense and dynamic defensive group has them near the top of the NLL. Led by rookie Alex Simmons’ 61 points, Joe Nardella winning 69% of faceoffs, Doug Jamieson saving the ball at 80%, and a core group of gritty players.

The goaltending match-up had Aden Walsh in net for Vancouver facing Doug Jamieson in the Albany goal.

In a defensive struggle for the majority of the first half, Albany went to the dressing room with a slim 3-2 lead.  Travis Longboat led the way with two goals in the half.

The second half had the Firewolves offense come to life with help of their power-play.  Albany scored three in the third quarter.   Both teams had a strong fourth quarter, but Albany was able to get the 13-8 victory.

To The Game:

In a defensive battle, both Aden Walsh and Doug Jamieson were perfect in the first quarter.

After one quarter, Albany 0 Vancouver 0.

Second Quarter:

It took 15:24 in the game, but Travis Longboat fired a shot from the outside that finally beat Aden Walsh, followed by Nick Chaykowsky grabbing a loose ball and racing down the floor in transition putting it five hole at 3:28 for the 2-0 Firewolves lead.  Travis Longboat added his second of the night off a Nathan Grenon feed at 7:11.

The Warriors finally got on the board when Adam Charalambides quick sticked a Kyle Killen pass at 8:53, followed by Keegan Bal with a laser from the outside off a Killen feed as well at 9:50.

At the half, Albany 3 Vancouver 2.

Third Quarter:

The Firewolves got rolling quickly in the third with Marshall Powless scoring on the power-play off a Tye Kurtz pass at 0:55 seconds, followed by Ethan Walker finishing off a Alex Simmons pass also on the power-play at 4:10.

Owen Grant got the Warriors back in the game in transition with a high to low blast off a Steph Charbonneau pass at 6:04.  Travis Longboat restored the Firewolves three goal lead with another power-play goal off an Alex Simmons pass at 10:56.

After three quarters, Albany 6 Vancouver 3.

Fourth Quarter:

Keegan Bal got Vancouver on the board with a low to low shot that caught the far corner off a Ryan Martel pass at 1:25, but Nathan Grenon answered immediately diving across the crease off an Alex Simmons feed just 0:24 seconds later. 

Keegan Bal’s third of the night was on the power-play to the shortside off an Adam Charalambides pass at 4:11. But, Travis Longboat scored his fourth of the night off an Ethan Walker pass at 7:46, followed by Tye Kurtz scoring from the outside off a Joe Nardella faceoff win just 0:08 seconds later for a four goal Albany lead.  

Alex Simmons added another goal for the Firewolves going high to low off a Marshall Powless pass at  9:30, followed by Nathan Grenon’s second of the night off a Travis Longboat feed at 10:03.

Brad McCulley got one back for Vancouver converting a Riley Loewen pass at 10:17, followed by Keegan Bal scoring his fourth of the night with a blast off an Adam Charalambides pass at 11:44. 

Colton Watkinson scored into an empty net at 12:35 to increase the lead to five.  Vancouver kept fighting with Kyle Killen scoring at 13:04, but another goal from Watkinson at 13:37 sealed the deal.

Final score, Albany 13 Vancouver 8.

The Three Stars:

1. Travis Longboat
2. Keegan Bal
3. Alex Simmons

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 50-49 in favor of Albany.
  • The faceoff battle was dominated by Joe Nardella of the Firewolves, winning 23 of 25.
  • The loose ball battle went to Albany 80-58.
  • The Warriors went 1 for 1 on the power-play, while Albany went 3 for 6.

Top Scorers:

Vancouver Warriors:

  • Keegan Bal 4g, 1a
  • Adam Charalambides 1g, 4a
  • Kyle Killen 1g, 2a

Albany FireWolves:

  • Alex Simmons 1g, 6a
  • Travis Longboat 4g, 1a
  • Nathan Grenan 2g, 1a

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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.