Waterdogs Determination Earns Them Victory

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Whipsnakes (4-1) faced the Waterdogs (2-3) in the last game of the weekend.  In a rematch of the week two overtime thriller down in Charlotte, the unbeaten Whipsnakes went against a Waterdogs team that found its first win in Week four.

A feisty Waterdogs team shut down the powerful Whipsnakes for almost the entire first half, leaving with a 5-3 first half lead.

A more business-like ‘Whips team took the lead in the third quarter, but a determined Waterdogs team wouldn’t be denied coming away with the 11-10 victory, with Kieran McArdle coming away with the game winner with just 1:25 remaining.  

The goalie match-up had Dillon Ward for the Waterdogs facing Kyle Bernlohr of the Whipsnakes.

To The Game:

The Waterdogs came out roaring.  The defense was able to bottle up the Whipsnakes offense, leaving them bad or no shooting options throughout the quarter.

Zach Currier opened the scoring for the Waterdogs just 0:26 seconds in, followed by Michael Sowers with a beautiful individual effort diving from behind the net to score on Kyle Bernlohr at 4:12.

Ryan Conrad scored with a bounced shot at 9:57, and the game was looking pretty lopsided to this point.

After one quarter, Waterdogs 3 Whipsnakes 0.

Second Quarter:

Matt Rambo finally got the ‘Whips on the board converting a Justin Guterding pass at 7:36.  This ended a span of 19:36 of scoreless play for the Whipsnakes.

Ethan Walker scored for the Waterdogs to restore the three goal lead at 9:00, but was answered just 0:07 seconds later by Connor Kirst.  Michael Sowers scored for the Waterdogs once more at 10:30, but again was answered by Brad Smith off a Matt Rambo pass at 11:02.

At the half, Waterdogs 5 Whipsnakes 3.

Third Quarter:

Whatever was said in the dressing room had the Whipsnakes focused and ready to control the third quarter.

Brad Smith opened the scoring with a 2 point goal to tie the game just 0:18 seconds in, followed by Zed Williams with a beautiful shot to the far corner off a Bryan Cole pass 0:31 seconds later.

Mike Chanenchuk increased the lead to two goals at 3:28, but a determined Ryan Conrad answered back for the Waterdogs at 4:54.

Keegan Khan again increased the ‘Whips lead to two again when he converted a Bryan Cole pass at 10:40, but just before the end of the quarter Zach Currier brought the game within one again with his second of the night.

After three quarters, Whipsnakes 8 Waterdogs 7.

Fourth Quarter:

The Waterdogs were on a mission.  Kieran McArdle scored two quick goals to open the quarter.  The first tied the game at 0:41 seconds, followed by McArdle converting a Chris Sabia pass at 2:37 to give the ‘Dogs the lead once again.

Michael Sowers third goal of the game opened up a two goal lead again, but goals by Mike Chanenchuk and Jackson Reid tied the game with just over two minutes to play.

With just 1:25 left, Kieran McArdle’s third of the night served as the game winner, giving the Whipsnakes their first loss of the season.

Final score, Waterdogs 11 Whipsnakes 10.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 26-25 in favor of the Waterdogs.
  • Joe Nardella was 15 of 24 on faceoffs for the Whipsnakes, while Zac Tucci was 8 of 23 for the Waterdogs.
  • Kyle Bernlohr made 13 saves for a 54% save percentage
  • Dillon Ward made 12 saves for a 67% save percentage.

Top Scorers:

Whipsnakes:

  • Brad Smith 1g, 1 2-pt. g, 0a
  • Mike Chanenchuk 2g, 0a
  • Zed Williams 1g, 1a

Waterdogs:

  • Kieran McArdle 3g, 0a
  • Michael Sowers 3g, 0a
  • Ryan Conrad 2g, 0a

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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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).

Mr. Groob 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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