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The Waterdogs faced Atlas in the final game of the Premier Lacrosse League Quarter Finals. A date with the league leading Whipsnakes awaited the winner. Both teams had strong years, but over the last few weeks the Waterdogs had been playing more consistently.
Although the game was fairly even through the first quarter, Ethan Walker, Michael Sowers, Kieran McArdle, and Ryan Conrad led an explosive Waterdogs team to a big lead through the middle quarters, outscoring Atlas 13-4. Atlas gave a good effort in the fourth, but it was too little, too late. The Waterdogs came away with the 19-14 victory.
To The Game:
Kieran McArdle opened the scoring for the Waterdogs converting a Michael Sowers pass at 1:24. Dox Aitken tied the game with a blast at 2:30. Ryland Rees beat Jack Concannon off a Zach Currier feed at 2:49, followed by Currier himself scoring off a Chris Sabia pass at 6:30. Kieran McArdle scored his second of the quarter off an Ethan Walker pass at 10:28, but Romar Dennis fired a howitzer from the outside for a 2-point Atlas goal at 11:07.
After one quarter, Waterdogs 4 Atlas 3.
The wheels started to fall off for Atlas, as this quarter was dominated by the Waterdogs.
Ethan Walker scored off a Jack Hannah pass at 2:27, followed by Ryland Rees finishing a Christian Scarpello feed at 5:32. The Waterdogs continued the pressure with Michael Sowers scoring off a Ryan Conrad feed at 8:16 to make the score 7-3.
Chris Gray finally got Atlas on the board off a Clarke Petterson pass at 10:59, but a 2-point goal by Ryan Conrad kept the Waterdogs in total control heading to halftime.
At the half, Waterdogs 9 Atlas 4.
The third quarter opened up with four goals from the Waterdogs. Matt Whitcher opened the scoring at 1:02, followed by Michael Sowers scoring just 0:41 seconds later.
Ryan Conrad, followed by Ethan Walker increased the Waterdogs lead to nine goals, until Danny Logan converted an Eric Law pass at 5:08. Michael Sowers scored his third of the game at 6:10, but Bryan Costabile answered back for Atlas at 7:45, making the score 14-6.
Ryan Conrad scored a power play goal off a Kieran McArdle feed at 8:26, followed by a 2-point bomb from Mikie Schlosser at 10:08.
Chris Gray scored for Atlas at 11:15 to end the third quarter scoring.
After three quarters, Waterdogs 17, Atlas 7.
Ethan Walker opened the fourth quarter scoring to increase the Waterdogs lead to eleven, but Atlas would keep fighting. Jeff Teat scored at 1:53. Zach Currier then answered on a beautiful individual effort at 3:47.
Atlas finished with a flurry, but it just wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole they were in.
Jeff Teat scored at 5:16, followed by Clarke Petterson converting a Teat pass 0:21 seconds later. Chris Gray scored two more only 0:14 seconds apart, followed by Jeff Teat with a 2-point bomb of his own at 10:14.
The Waterdogs were able to withstand the Atlas storm for the victory, and the right to meet the Whipsnakes next week.
Final score, Waterdogs 19 Atlas 14.
- Shots on goal favored Atlas 25-23.
- Faceoffs were won by the Waterdogs, with Jake Withers just edging out Trevor Baptiste 17-16.
- Atlas went 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Waterdogs went 1 for 1.
- Jeff Teat 2g, 1 2-pt. g, 3a
- Chris Gray 4g, 1a
- Clarke Petterson 1g, 1a
- Danny Logan 1g, 1a
- Romar Dennis 0g, 1 2-pt. g, 0a
- Michael Sowers 3g, 2a
- Ryan Conrad 2g, 1 2-pt. g, 1a
- Ethan Walker 3g, 1a
- Zach Currier 2g, 2a
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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.