Vancouver Pulls Off Mammoth Win, 7-5

The Colorado Mammoth (3-3) went into the Rogers Centre to battle the Vancouver Warriors (2-4) in Friday evening NLL West Division action.

Jeff Wittig (1g) kicked off the scoring when he converted passes from Chris Wardle (1a) and Joey Cupido (1a) to give the Mammoth the 1-0 lead at the 3:31 mark

It took all of :30 for the Warriors to get it even when Jordan McBride tallied on the man advantage.

Rookie, Sam Clare (1g,2a) notched his first career NLL goal and the Warriors had a lead they would never surrender.

Colorado netminder, Dillon Ward hit Jordan Gilles (1g) to once again get things knotted.

Mitch Jones (2g.1a) closed out the first quarter with his first of the night and Vancouver in front, 3-2.

Jones was at it again and lit the lamp with a shorthanded goal with 4:29 played.

There would only be one more second-period goal and it belonged to Jacob Ruest (1g) with helpers from Eli McLaughlin and Will Malcolm.

The clubs went to the half with the Warriors holding a 4-3 edge.

Riley Loewen (1g)pushed it to
 5-3 before Eli McLaughlin (1g,2a) cut it back to one again, 5-4.

With an extra attacker on the floor Keegan Bal (1g,3a) scored with three seconds left and Vancouver only needed to close out the final stanza and earn their second win.

Mc Bride added his second to make it 7-4; before Ryan Lee (1g) brought life to Colorado with a man-up score.

Eric Penney and the Warrior defense shut the door and held Colorado scoreless for the final ten minutes.

Dis and Dat: Penney, who had a bad game against Philadelphia was the star of this one with 48 saves.

Dillon Ward kicked aside 31 shots in the Mammoth nets.

Faceoffs went in favor of Bob Snider of the Warriors, 9 of 16.

Loose balls favored the visitors, 80-63.

Colorado went 2 for 4 on the advantage with Vancouver 1-3 with a shorthanded score.

The attendance was 6450.

By: Kevin Neibauer

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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.

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