SIX NATIONS — Finding an “edge of your seat” lacrosse game during the winter months is something that might have been difficult in the past. But with the onset of the Arena Lacrosse League (ALL), the representing Six Nations Snipers and their opponents, the Paris RiverWolves, were Abel to give a great showing this past weekend.
The scoreboard went back and forth and the Snipers were often left to play catch up, leaving the final period one that brought spectators to the edge of their seats.
Danton Miller broke scoring for both sides two minutes into the first period, from Pierce Abrams and Ashton Jacobs. The RiverWolves then answered five, but powerhouses Ian Martin and Tyler Brown went back and forth to gain two goals each to finish the period 5-5.
Entering the second, the RiverWolves came out hot to break the ensuing tie on offence and amped their defence to take away chances from the Snipers. This was so effective that the Snipers lost out this period and lagged behind the RiverWolves by three points.
After a half-time show by the Timbits Paperweight Team, the Snipers had to break the deficit. Ashton Jacobs came through in the first minute of the third to score his first from Brock Farmer. The RiverWolves answered twice, as they were keen on keeping their now four-point lead.
But in a great showing of ambition, five goals were racked up consecutively by the Snipers at the end of the third and leading into the fourth. Pierce Abrams, Tyler Brown, Kyle Isaacs, Patrick Corbett and Skye Sunday each scored with help from Justin Martin, Lyle Hill, Jake Lazore, and Vern Hill. The RiverWolves answered again and this brought the game to a tie 11-11 with no less than three minutes left.
But Justin Martin earned a fast unassisted goal and seemed to seal the end of the game as only minutes remained. Instead, the RiverWolves were able to bury again to tie it up. With fear of an oncoming overtime period, in the last minute, the Snipers called a time out. However, their efforts were squandered as the RiverWolves played a tight man on man defence and took the ball.
They called their own time out with only 17 seconds remaining, and they began a fast play that worked the ball to the back of the net leaving only three seconds of playing time left. This closed the game 12-13 for the RiverWolves.
Although the home team was hoped to win, the final score still contributed to an exciting game. The Snipers now rest in fifth place overall.