Whitby Steel Hawks Move to 6-4

Kevin M. Neibauer
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In Arena League East Action, the Whitby SteelHawks employed a 7-3 second quarter en route to a 14-11 defeat of the Oshawa Outlaws (4-6).

How it Happened

Dan Michel (3g) for Whitby at 13:23 and at 11:48, Like Laszkiewicz (4g,1a) converting off a John St. John and Nick Andrioli set up, evened the score for Oshawa.

Owen Boyle (4g) at 8:12 on the man up gave Whitby a short lived lead.

5:07 later, it was knotted again courtesy of Andrioli setting up Mitch Gustavsen (3g).

Two Whitby markers in the last :24 from Michel at :24 and Boyle with one second left, closed the first with a 4-2 Whitby edge.


The pivotal second stanza witnessed things getting wide open with 10 goals recorded.

Whitby accounted for seven.

Boyle, set up by Dylan Goddard and Goddard (1g, 4a)! Mafe it 6-2 with 4:34 played

Gustavsen got it back to a two goal game with markers at 8:03 and 6:06.

Adam Peroni (1g), Stefan Diachenko (3g, 1a) followed by Goddard gave the SteelHawks an 8-4 advantage.

The trifecta of goals came in just 2:15.

Laskiewicz interrupted the run with a power play goal at 1:54 but, Diachenko at 1:31 followed sixteen seconds later by Michel ended the one-sided half, 11-5 the Whitby way.

Can the Scoring Pace Continue?

Glad you asked…things simmered on the offensive sided with just three lamp lighters in the third.

Andreoli and Laszkiewicz closed it to 11-7 but, Boyle had the final say and off they went to the final stanza with a 12-7 SteelHawk lead.

Fourth Quarter

Laskiewicz, John St. John (1g,3a) and Taite Cattoni (1g,1a) started a comeback and cut it to 12-10.

Diachenko snuffed out the rally getting it to 13-10.

Geoff McNulty (1g) went right back at it for Oshawa but, Ethan Shott (1g) ended the scoring with just 00:02 on the clock.


Both teams had 6 man up opportunities with Whitby hitting on two and Oshawa, just one.

Whitby Moves to 6-4

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.