Whipsnakes Continue To Dominate Rivalry With Redwoods

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

This week’s PLL games took place in Baltimore, MD. The first game had the Redwoods (1-3) against the Whipsnakes (4-0) in a continuation of the greatest rivalry in PLL history.  Every time the Redwoods and Whipsnakes meet, the game is always decided in the 48th minute. The Whipsnakes have eliminated the Redwoods from each of the past three postseasons (’21 quarterfinals, ’20 semifinals, ’19 championship) in heartbreaking fashion.

Tim Troutner was in goal for the Redwoods facing Kyle Bernlohr of the Whipsnakes.

The faceoff battle would be interesting with TD Ierlan for the Redwoods facing Joey Nardella for the Whipsnakes.

Once again this game came down to the wire. The Whipsnakes came away with a one goal victory 12-11.  Matt Rambo had four goals in the winning effort, with goalie Kyle Bernlohr making a couple of big saves near the end of the game to preserve the win.

To The Game:

The defenses were the big story to start the game.  Both were able to hold the others offense at bay for the first few minutes of the game.  Matt Kavanagh finally broke through with a goal off a Jules Heningburg pass at 4:14, followed  by a beautiful individual effort by Rob Pannell finishing off with a one handed shot coming from behind the net at 4:49. 

Bryan Cole finally got the Whipsnakes on the board converting a Brad Smith pass at 8:32, followed by Jay Carlson diving across the crease converting a Zed Williams pass at 9:39 to tie the game up.  Justin Guterding gave the Whipsnakes their first lead of the night firing a shot off goalie Troutner that just dribbled in at 11:22.

After one quarter, Whipsnakes 3 Redwoods 2.

Second Quarter:

The Whipsnakes opened the second quarter scoring when Connor Kirst blasted a shot from just inside the arc to open a two goal lead at 1:41.  Charlie Bertrand answered back for the Redwoods with some awesome footwork to get them back in the game at 4:06.  Sergio Perkovic fired a blast from beyond the arc off a Ryder Garnsey pass for a 2-point goal at 7:55 to give the Redwoods the lead once again.

The Whipsnakes tied it up on the power play when Matt Rambo converted a Justin Guterding pass at 10:40, but the Redwoods stormed back when Sergio Perkovic scored again at 11:13.

At the half, Redwoods 6 Whipsnakes 5.

  • Shots on goal were 13-9 in favor of the Whipsnakes.
  • The faceoff battle favored the Whipsnakes 7-5.

Third Quarter:

The Whipsnakes tied the game when Brad Smith fired a shot from in close at 2:50.  The Redwoods then charged back with two goals. Ryder Garnsey scored at 3:48, followed by TD Ierlan marching down straight off a faceoff win, to score just 0:06 seconds later. 

The Whipsnakes came back when Matt Rambo, with a great individual effort, fought his way to the net scoring at 5:38, followed by Zed Williams muscling his way to the net, scoring at 9:28 to tie the game up again.

Michael Ehrhardt fired a shot from beyond the arc scoring a 2 point goal at 7:05, followed by Matt Rambo scoring his third of the night at 7:59 to open up a three goal lead over the Redwoods.

Charlie Bertrand stopped the bleeding for the Redwoods firing a laser to the top corner off a Matt Kavanagh pass at 9:28.

After three quarters, Whipsnakes 11 Redwoods 9.

Fourth Quarter:

Charlie Bertrand scored his third of the night for the Redwoods, followed by Jules Heningburg converting a Ryder Garnsey pass at 4:00 to again tie the game up.

The Whipsnakes got the lead back when Matt Rambo scored his fourth of the night off a Brad Smith pass at 5:39.  Kyle Bernlohr came up with a couple of exceptional saves near the end of the game.

Final score, Whipsnakes 12 Redwoods 11.

  • Shots on goal were in favor of the Redwoods 23-17.
  • The faceoff battle went to Joey Nardella.  Nardella went 15 of 23, while TD Ierlan went 10 of 25.
  • The Redwoods went 0 for 1 on the power play, while the Whipsnakes went 3 for 3.

Top Scorers:


  • Matt Rambo 4g, 1a
  • Brad Smith 1g, 2a
  • Michael Ehrhardt 1 2pt. g, 1a


  • Charlie Bertrand 3g, 0a
  • Ryder Garnsey 1g, 2a
  • Sergio Perkovic 1g, 1 2pt. g, 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 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.