Upset in Texas

Kevin M. Neibauer

LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Panther City Lacrosse Club (2-8) picked up the first ever home victory at Dickies Arena.

The Vancouver Warriors (5-4) were the victims of a thrilling contest.

The future of the National Lacrosse Lesgue took center stage as a few of the youngsters stepped up.

Patrick Dodds, Adam Charalambides and Reid Bowering showed why the Rookie of the Year can go in any direction.

To The Game

Jeremy Thompson (2g) started the scoring at 3:20 with help from Nate Grenon and the aforementioned Dodds.

A nip and tuck first period would reveal just one more marker.

Keegan Bal and Charalambides did the work with Kyle Killen (3g,1a) doing the finish work to close the 1-1 first quarter.

Second Quarter

Things opened up a tad with Panther City going on a three goal blitz.

Dodds set up Will Malcolm (1g,4a) at 1:17 with Dodds doing the same on a power play goal from Phil Caputo (2g,1a).

Newly signed, Dean Fairsll (1a) hit Dodds (3g,4a) on a sweet pass to bring it to a 4-1 PC lead.

With time running out, Reid Bowering started a transition play by hitting Taylor Stuart (1a) who, in turn, hit Matthew Dinsdale (1g) who bested Nick Damude (PCLC netminder) at 19:59 to end the half with a 4-2 lead for the home team.

3rd Quarter

Caputo buried his second of the night..The defense continued with only three goals.

Keegan Bal (3g,3a) started his big half with a short handed goal just twenty nine seconds after Caputo scored.

Liam Byrnes (1a) found Matt Hossack (1g) to make it a 6-3 PC lead at the conclusion of the third.

Final Quarter

The defense dominated the first three quarters so, the offenses were jealous and struck for a dozen goals between the teams.

Six goals in the first five minutes started with Reid Bowereing (1g,1a) with help from Riley Loewen (5a) at :51. Killen got it to a 6-5 game with help from Bal.

Thompson got the dividend of the work of Taite Cattoni (1a) and …who else? Dodds.

Nate Grenon (1g, 3a) pushed it to 8-5 with Ryan Martel (1g,1a) countering just twenty four ticks later.

Panther City, despite holding a lead the entire game, was unable to break the game open.

Hosssck set up Chad Cummings (1g) and with 4:52 played it looked as if PC was gaining full control.

Save that thought.

Keegan Bal hit rope at 6:23 and again at 7:33 to get it back to a one goal game, 9-8.

At 11:01, Dodds interrupted the Warriors run.

Charalambides (1g,4a) cashed in on a power play followed by Killen finally catching Vancouver up with 2:02 to play.

With :49 remaining it was, who other than Dodds.. scoring the biggest goal of his short NLL career to make history.

By the Way

Shots on Goal had Vancouver with a 49-35 advantage.

Nick Damude had 39 stops for PC.

Has Alex Buque cooled off? Victimized on a few mid-range shots, Buques allowed 6 goals with 7 saves in 20:20 of playing time.Steve “Deep” Fryer spelled Buque allowing 5 goals and stopping 17 in his 39:40.

Jeremy Thompson was an absolute force. Two goals, 11 loose balls and 19 of 21 from the “X”.

Loose balls were 79-62 for Panther City. Reid Bowering scooped 15 to go with his 3 caused turn overs and two points

Vancouver was 2 for 3 on the advantage with Panther City going 2 of 7.

Upset in Texas

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.