Warriors Keep Playoff Hopes Alive On Fan Appreciation Night in Vancouver

Eduardo Curros  – Western Correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time

It is week 20 in the National Lacrosse League, and two playoff hopefuls were fighting for a coveted playoff spot. The New York Riptide (8-9) paid a visit to the surging Vancouver Warriors (8-9). The Warriors had won four in a row, and five of the last six heading in to this game.  The Riptide had struggled for consistency all year, and were hoping to build on a two game winning streak coming into this game.

The goaltending match-up had Cam Dunkerley in net for the Riptide against Aden Walsh in net for Vancouver.

While the Riptide were able to go toe to toe with Vancouver for the first quarter, a five goal run in the second quarter changed the complexion of the game.  Vancouver, led by Adam Charalambides (4g,4a) and Keegan Bal (3g,5a) took control of the game, never looking back.

The second half had the Warriors continue to control play.  Ryan Martel (4g,5a) and Brad McCulley (2g,0a) played big roles in frustrating the Riptide.  Vancouver came away with a convincing 16-10 victory.

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First Quarter:

New York Riptide struck first on the power-play when Connor Kearnan converted a Reilly O’Connor pass at 3:21, but the Warriors Kevin Crowley answered quickly beating Cam Dunkerley off a Riley Loewen feed just 0:48 seconds later. 

Brad McCulley gave Vancouver their first lead of the evening finishing off a Ryan Martel feed with a behind the back shot at 5:46, but the Riptide tied the game when Larson Sundown blasted a Taggart Clark pass at 6:54.

Keegan Bal gave Vancouver the lead once again on the power-play converting a Ryan Martel pass at 7:46, but again New York answered when Stephen Keogh put a beauty past Aden Walsh off a Jeff Teat feed at 11:56.

After one quarter, Vancouver 3 New York 3.

Second Quarter:

TheRiptide got started quickly in the second quarter with Reilly O’Connor opening the scoring off a Jeff Teat pass at 4:16, followed by Kevin Brownell beating Walsh through the five-hole off a Callum Jones pass at 5:34.

The Warriors would answer back with five unanswered goals.  New York would get into penalty trouble, and the first three were scored on the power-play. Keegan Bal scored his second of the game off an Adam Charalambides pass at 7:17, followed by two from Charalambides converting Keegan Bal passes on both occasions.

Kyle Killen got himself on the scoresheet finishing a Charalambides feed at 12:34, followed by Ryan Martel blasting a Kyle Killen pass at 14:14 for an 8-5 Warriors lead.

The Riptide got a late goal from Jeff Teat scoring off a Kiel Matisz pass with just one second left in the half to pull within two.

At the half, Vancouver 8 New York 6.

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Third Quarter:

The Warriors controlled play in this quarter, pulling away from the Riptide.  Ryan Martel opened the scoring converting a Keegan Bal pass at 0:35 seconds, followed by a laser from Bal himself off a Riley Loewen pass at 7:35.  Loewen then added the Warriors eleventh goal of the night, converting a Keegan Bal pass at 9:03.

Jeff Teat would stop the Warriors run sniping a Reilly O’Connor pass to the far corner at 13:46.

After three quarters, Vancouver 11 New York 7.

Fourth Quarter:

This was a high flying quarter with plenty of end to end action.  Adam Charalambides would start the scoring for Vancouver finishing off a Ryan Martel feed at 1:37, but was answered by Jeff Teat with his third of the night off a Connor Kearnan pass at 3:11.

The Warriors kept pouring on the pressure with three more goals.  Ryan Martel sandwiched a Brad McCulley unassisted goal to take a 15-8 lead, and were in complete control with just over three minutes left to play.

Stephen Keogh scored the highlight goal of the night through his legs off a Jeff Teat pass at 13:03, but Adam Charalambides’ fourth of the night answered back for the Warriors.  Taggart Clark would scored once more for the Riptide, but it wouldn’t be enough.

The Warriors kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 16-10 victory.

“Trying to limit Jeff Teat [is tough], I don’t think very often does he get three and three, he usually gets five and 10 or easily 13, 14 points a night so I thought Ryan Dilks was just absolutely outstanding on him, he matched up on him most of the night,” Malawsky said. “I just liked our resiliency and our composure. When they made a little bit of a run, we just stuck with it, just kept on grinding and that’s kind of who we are.”

Quote courtesy of the Vancouver Warriors

The Three Stars:

1. Keegan Bal
2. Adam Charalambides
3. Jeff Teat

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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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