Vancouver Works a Little Longer to Win a Thriller

An old axiom dictates that you never leave a game early and never has there been a better example than the Vancouver Warriors (4-5) besting the Rochester Knighthawks (1-7) in what proved to be a classic.

With just 2:06 remaining, Jordan McBride teamed up to assist Mitch Jones (4g,5a) on the man up to get it knotted at 9-9.

Darryl Robertson was whistled for Checking from Behind at 12:33 and the Warriors were in prime shape to salt this one away.

Turner Evans (2g) had a different idea and lit the lamp with just :54 remaining and Rochester seemed to have stolen a game.

With just five seconds to play, Mitch Jones knotted it up to take the affair to extra time.

With just 2:47 played, Jones connected off a Keegan Bal pass to give the Warriors their third win in four games.

It was a bit of a journey to the climax.

Holden Cattoni set up Shawn Evans (2g,4a) followed by Dan Lintner (2a) and Shawn Evans returning the favor with Cattoni (2g,6a) to push it to 2-0.

Evans and Cattoni went back to work, setting up Cory Highfield (1g,1a) on yer another man up and Rochester was cruising with a 3-0 lead with just 8:22 played.

At 9:27 and 10:14, Vancouver showed why are named Warriors and Joel McCready (4g,1a) followed by Keegan Bal (2g,3a) took away the Home team Thunder to close it to 3-2.

Curtis Knight (2a) and the other Evans, Turner (1a) aided Cattoni to end the first with the K’Hawks up, 4-2.

The second stanza revealed a chess match with Phil Caputo (4g), McCready, Caputo again and Riley Loewen (1g,1a) with a beautiful spin a Rama goal made it 6-4 for Rochester.

Shawn Evans nailed his 444th NLL goal and Caputo matched to boost the home team to an 8-4 edge.

The Rochester offense became moribund and Vancouver battled, starting with McBride finding Mitch Jones (4g,5a) to end the Rochester rally and Bal converted on the power play to end the half, 8-6.

After all the fireworks, only McCready could hit paydirt in the third and the adversaries went to the final stanza with a one-goal differential.

Finally, after a 24:07 scoreless drought, Caputo hit a rope to push it to a two-goal edge.

McCready and Jones shook that off and got it evened at 9-9 and the drama was building.

Dis and Dat: shots on goal favored the Warriors, 54-43. Rochester took custody of loose balls, 88-77 while Bob Snider won 17 of 25 face-offs.

Eric Penney turned aside 33 of 43 Rochester shots and counterpart, Rylan Hartley nearly matched with 34 saves off 54 attempts.

The special teams were the story as the Warriors were 3 for 3 and The ‘Hawks went 3 of 4 and each squad secured a man goal tally.

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.