Vancouver Stomps Georgia For First Win

Eduardo Curros – Pacific Correspondent, All Lacrosse All The Time

The final game of Week 3 in the NLL saw the Vancouver Warriors host the Georgia Swarm. The Swarm were coming off a home opener win against Colorado, while the Warriors began the Curt Malawsky era with a loss to Panther City. A much different Vancouver team showed up for this game, dominating in all facets of a 15-7 win. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season.

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Vancouver jumps out to early lead

Lyle Thompson kicked off the scoring with a power play goal from Andrew Kew and Shayne Jackson at 6:25. Vancouver would erupt with an offensive barrage, starting with Adam Charalambides with help from Ryan Martel at 7:49. Keegan Bal then scored an even-strength goal at 8:48 and a power play goal at 9:40. Martel scored the last goal of the quarter with assistance from Riley Loewen and Kevin Crowley at 14:50, to end the quarter with Vancouver leading 4-1. Lyle Thompson scored his second goal 34 seconds into the second quarter with assists from Jordan Macintosh and TJ Comizio. Zach Miller followed up at 7:08, but Vancouver still led 4-3 at halftime.

Will the real Vancouver please stand up?

Jackson opened the third quarter with a power play goal at 0:56 to tie the game at 4-4. Then the Warriors offense turned it up another notch. Martel scored his second with help from Charalambides and Matt Beers at 2:33. Charalambides followed than a minute later (3:30). Jackson, from Thompson and Miller at 4:35, made it 6-5, but the Warriors kept up the tempo. Bal from Crowley struck at 5:15 and Martel from Crowley and Beers at 6:05. Adam Wiedemann (7:28) made it 8-6 before Vancouver tacked on two more. Crowley at 8:59 and Martel at 11:46 gave the Warriors a 10-6 lead heading into the fourth. Charalambides extended the lead at 0:48 in with assists from Bal and Martel. Kew broke the run for Georgia at 1:49, but Vancouver would put together another run. Kyle Killen drilled a shot at 5:57 with help from Crowley and Bal. Crowley then went back-to-back at 7:26 and 8:07, and James Rahe at 10:12 made it a 15-7 margin.

Curros’s Corner

Martel had 4 goals and 5 assists for a career-high 9 points. Charalambides, Crowley, and Bal each had 3 goals and 7 points. Aaron Bold made 35 saves in the win. Beers had nine loose ball pickups and caused three turnovers. He was also assessed four penalty minutes, giving him 608 for his career. He needs another 20 PIM to move into 3rd place on the NLL’s all-time penalty minutes list.  

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and currently serves as Edge of Philly’s correspondent for both the Albany FireWolves and New York Riptide.