History was made at Nassau Coliseum as the New York Riptide played their historic first ever home game on 12/28 against the Saskatchewan Rush. For the first time fans of the National Lacrosse League the Riptide experience is one that is memorable as the action is not only fast paced but also hard hitting. Fans will be entertained from the first moment to the last as the action never stops.
It is going to be a growing process for the Riptide who are going up against teams who have been well established in the very competitive National Lacrosse League. Head Coach and General Manager Regy Thorpe has been seeing some major improvements with the team and the level of competitive play that they have been able to put on the field.
Scoring the first ever goal for the Riptide was a Power Play goal from Connor Kelly as he was able to connect from extreme long distance. New York kept fighting a very gritty style of play all night long but the Saskatchewan Rush, who have been together as a unit was too much for the Riptide to handle. The Rush was led by Robert Church who recorded a hat trick.
Kelly who was the third-round pick for the Riptide on the 2019 NLL Expansion Draft has been making a big time impact with the team so far, as he is currently leading the team with 11 points and Seven Assists.
Also having a stellar offensive night for New York was Tyler Digby, who had two goals and Dan Lomas who also recorded a goal. Alex Woodall was able to win 11 face-offs for New York and Goalkeeper Alex Buque made 44 saves.
The night was a memorable one for sure for fans of Lacrosse, as Long Island has always been a place with a great lacrosse tradition. The National Lacrosse League was able to bring back legends from the past as greats from the New York Saints and the New York Titans who played at both Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum. One could tell there was a genuine interest and passion for the Riptide as 6089 screaming fans were able to attend the night’s opening contest and show support and love to the team.
New York will now move on to the very tough Eastern Division Play when they host the Philadelphia Wings on January 4. The Face-Off for that game is set to start at
1495Sports is proud to bring the following video as Head Coach and General Manager Regy Thorpe and Connor Kelly shared these thoughts with the media:
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