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San Diego Seals Cap a Record-Breaking 14-Win Season with a Trip to the Semifinals

May 16, 2024 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)
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Despite falling short of their ultimate goal of hoisting the National Lacrosse League Cup, the San Diego Seals enjoyed their most successful season in franchise history in 2023-24, winning a team-record 14 games (including playoffs), and reaching the NLL Playoff Semifinals for just the second time in team history.

The Seals posted the NLL's second-best regular-season record at 13-5 and they won seven of their last nine to close out the campaign. San Diego was nearly unbeatable on its home turf at Pechanga Arena where the team went 8-1 during the regular season and outscored its opponents 124-90. The Seals also showed their grit and tenacity going a perfect 4-0 in overtime games, including a thrilling 9-8 OT win against Panther City in a win-or-go-home game in the NLL's opening quarterfinal round at Pechanga Arena that propelled the Seals into the semifinals.

For Seals Head Coach Patrick Merrill, the 2023-24 campaign marked the fourth straight that he guided the Seals to the playoffs and his second trip to the playoff semifinals. With 13 wins during the regular-season, Merrill improved his career won-loss ledger during the regular season to 53-31 (.631). Merrill, who joined the Seals in 2018, is the only head coach in team history.

There were a number of very notable individual player performances along the way, including:

- Team Captain Wes Berg finished the regular season with 108 points, second-most in a season in team history, behind the 109 he scored during the 2022-23 season. His 108 points were sixth-most in the NLL. Berg's 67 assists led the team and were tied for seventh in the NLL, while his 41 goals were second on the team and tied for 12th in the League.

- Austin Staats finished the regular season with a team-record 50 goals, which were fourth-most in the NLL.

-Combined with 52 assists, Staats scored 102 points on the season, 11th-most in the NLL.

- Staats joined Berg as the only players in team history to score more than 100 points in a season.

- Trevor Baptiste, the renowned faceoff specialist, finished the regular season third in the League in faceoff wins with a team-record 308. His 71% faceoff win percentage ranked third in the League among players with at least 250 faceoffs taken. Baptiste also set a single-season team record for loose balls secured (177), a figure which ranked 3rd in the NLL.

- Goalkeeper Chris Origlieri, a finalist for the League's Goaltender of the Year honors, finished the regular season with the NLL's second-lowest goals against average (9.79) among starting netminders. He played the third-most minutes in the League, a team-record 1,059:57; he recorded the NLL's fifth-highest save percentage among starters (79%), also a team record, and he finished the year ninth in the League with 661 saves on the season. "Rigs'" 13 wins as the Seals' starting goaltender were also a team record.

- Defenseman Kyle Rubisch, who earned second-team All-NLL honors, led the Seals and ranked 7th in the NLL during the regular season with a team-record 29 takeaways.

- In the playoffs, Dane Dobbie scored eight goals to move his career playoff total to 86, moving him past John Tavares (85) for the most playoff goals in NLL history.

- And Curtis Dickson scored six postseason goals for the Seals, raising his career total to 70 as he became just the fourth player in NLL history to score 70-or-more career goals in the playoffs.

- And just as he did during the regular season, Staats led the Seals with nine goals during the playoffs, while he and Berg both paced the Club with 15 points apiece.

Seals Game Recaps

Game 1 vs. Calgary: The Seals opened the 2023-24 season with a 12-9 victory over the Calgary Roughnecks before an opening night crowd of 6,700 that included NFL Super Bowl Champion quarterback Drew Brees and rock music icon Bret Michaels. The Seals trailed or were tied for most of the game. Calgary scored first and the Seals did not grab their first lead of the game until the 3:15 mark of the third quarter when Tre LeClaire's goal gave San Diego an 8-7 advantage. The teams went into the fourth period tied 9-9 but the Seals outscored the Roughnecks, 3-0 over the final 15 minutes. Wes Berg scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 13:53 mark of the final period before veteran Dane Dobbie added two more at the 9:37 and 3:27 marks to seal the victory. Austin Staats had a big night for the Seals with a team-leading four goals along with two assists. Curtis Dickson netted two goals and had a team-high four assists, while Berg had a goal and assisted on three others. Second-year goaltender Chris Origlieri played the entire game in net and made 35 saves en route to earning his first victory of the season. NOTEABLE: Defenseman Kyle Rubisch played in his 200th career game and at halftime, the Seals retired the No. 17 jersey that belonged to former team captain Brodie Merrill.

Game 2 at Buffalo: The Seals fell to the reigning NLL Champion Buffalo Bandits, 12-9, at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo. The game was tight early on with the teams separated by no more than two goals until Buffalo went on a five-goal run in the third period to turn a 7-5 deficit into a 10-7 advantage that included a pair of power play goals. The Seals closed to within 10-8 on a later third-period goal by Dane Dobbie, but the Bandits outscored the Seals 3 to 2 in the final 15 minutes to secure the win. Wes Berg led the Seals with three goals, while Curtis Dickson and Austin Staats each netted a pair. Dobbie and Dickson both had a team-high four assists. Faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste came away with a game-high 19 loose balls while goalkeeper Chris Origlieri made 34 saves.

Game 3 vs Rochester: The Seals defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 17-14, at Pechanga Arena to improve to 2-1 on the season. It was the Seals' highest offensive output of the season as the team got three goals apiece from team captain Wes Berg, Curtis Dickson and Austin Staats. Berg and Dane Dobbie had a team-high six assists for the Seals in the process of handing Rochester (3-1) its first loss of the season. Rochester scored the game's first goal one minute in and it was the only time San Diego would trail during the night. Staats tied the game just 1:17 later and the game was tied 4-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Seals outscored Rochester 10-6 over the second and third quarters to take a 14-10 lead into the fourth. Dobbie's third goal of the night with 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Seals a 17-12 lead to put the game out of reach. NOTEABLE: Berg's six assists put him over 300 for his career (302) and with nine points he finished the night with a total of 500 for his career.

Game 4 at Las Vegas: Despite a furious comeback, the Seals fell to the Desert Dogs, 10-8, at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. The Seals trailed 6-3 heading into the fourth quarter and rallied with five goals in the final period, but it wasn't enough as Las Vegas scored twice in the final 3:45 to put the game away. Wes Berg scored his 200th career goal as part of a team leading four goal night that included three goals in the fourth period. Kyle Jackson added three goals for San Diego.

Game 5 at Colorado: The Seals picked up their first road win of the season, defeating the Mammoth, 12-8, at Denver's Ball Arena. Nine different Seals scored in the win, led by Austin Staats, who scored a team-high three goals. San Diego dominated throughout, leading 4-1 after one period, 8-4 at halftime and 11-6 after three quarters. Goalie Chris Origlieri made 43 saves while allowing a season-low eight goals in the win. Wes Berg led the Seals with six assists.

Game 6 at Albany: The Seals rode a big fourth quarter to defeat the Albany FireWolves, 14-7, at the MVP Arena in Albany. It was Albany's first loss of the season after starting the year 6-0. San Diego scored six goals in the final 5:24 to blow the game open after Albany had climbed to within 9-7. Curtis Dickson and Austin Staats both scored a team-high four goals with one of Dickson's and two of Staats' coming during the furious final 5:24. The Seals got off to a fast start against the FireWolves with a pair of early goals from Dickson at the 14:11 and 12:17 marks of the first quarter. San Diego increased its lead to 7-2 at the half, outscoring Albany 5-2 in the second period. Staats scored the first two of his four goals in the second period, while Mac O'Keefe, Kyle Jackson and Wes Berg each scored a goal apiece. Albany came roaring out of the locker room at halftime and scored four straight goals in the third quarter to climb within one at 7-6 before Dickson gave the Seals some breathing room with a goal with just four seconds remaining to give San Diego an 8-6 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter. Goalkeeper Chris Origlieri picked up his second win in a row allowing a season-low seven goals while making 44 saves against the FireWolves.

Game 7 at Philadelphia: The Seals survived a furious comeback at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center and held off the host Wings, 12-11, to capture their third straight victory and improve to 5-2 on the season. The Seals got off to a lightning fast start and took a 5-1 lead with a five-goal first period that included a pair of scores by Curtis Dickson along with individual goals by Wes Berg, Kyle Jackson and Tre Leclaire. Dickson, Leclaire and Austin Staats each scored a team-high three goals apiece in the contest. The teams traded goals in the second period with each side scoring twice. San Diego's two goals came courtesy of Berg and Staats and the Seals led 7-3 at the break. Philadelphia had a strong third quarter, outscoring San Diego 3-1, including a pair of power play goals, to climb within 8-6 heading to the fourth and final period. The fourth quarter was a furious one that featured plenty of drama as the Seals and Wings combined for nine goals. Just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, Philadelphia's Chad Tutton was called for a five-minute major penalty for body checking Dickson. Staats took advantage of the delayed call from the officials and with an extra man on the turf, he scored to put the Seals up 9-6. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was then tacked on to Tutton's body checking penalty, giving the Seals a seven-minute power play. San Diego took full advantage with Leclaire scoring a pair of goals a man up before Staats added his third of the night at even strength to put the Seals up 12-7 with 10:23 remaining in the contest. Despite trailing by five goals, Philadelphia refused to go away and the Wings scored four unanswered goals, including a goal with just 51 seconds remaining, to climb within 12-11, but the Seals buckled down in the final seconds and held on for the win. Goalkeeper Chris Origlieri made 41 saves in earning his third straight victory while Leclaire paced the Seals with five assists.

Game 8 vs. Colorado: The Seals picked up their fourth straight win, handing the Colorado Mammoth a 16-7 shellacking in San Diego. Colorado got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the contest before the Seals responded with three unanswered goals in the final 2:33 of the opening quarter, including a pair of goals from Austin Staats, to tie the game at 3-3 after one period. The teams traded goals early in the second with Colorado taking a 5-4 lead 3:07 into the period before the Seals went on an absolute tear, scoring the game's next 11 goals to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 15-5 advantage. Staats scored four goals during the stretch to finish the night with a career-high six goals. Curtis Dickson chipped in during the run with an impressive four goals, while Dane Dobbie and Wes Berg each added a pair. Dobbie added another late in the contest and finished with four scores on the night as the Seals closed out the Mammoth, 16-7. Dickson had seven assists in the game to finish with a team-high 10 points while goalie Chris Origlieri made 29 saves and matched his season low with just seven goals allowed on the night.

Game 9 at New York: The Seals went on the road and saw their four-game win streak come to a halt as the New York Riptide used a big second half effort to come away with a 10-8 victory in front of their home fans at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The game was a tale of two halves. New York scored the game's first goal 5:55 into the contest but it was all Seals early on as the San Diego side scored seven of the game's next eight goals to claim a 7-2 lead at intermission. Five different Seals scored during that stretch with Austin Staats and Curtis Dickson both scoring twice, while Dane Dobbie, Wes Berg and Tre Leclaire each scored once. The second half was a completely different story. New York outscored the Seals 3-1 in the third quarter to climb within 8-5 after three periods but the fourth and final quarter was all New York as the Riptide shut out the Seals while netting five goals of their own. It included a pair of scores from Jeff Teat, who finished the night with a game-high four goals for the Riptide. Staats had a team-high three goals for the Seals in the losing effort.

Game 10 vs. Georgia: Wes Berg scored a season-high six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Seals defeated Georgia, 12-11. The game was close early. Jake Govett scored the first goal of the night for the Seals, but Georgia scored four of the next six and led 4-3 after one period. The Swarm extended its lead to 5-3 in the second before Berg scored his first two of the night to send the teams to the locker room tied 5-5 at intermission. Georgia came out firing in the third quarter, scoring three unanswered goals to take an 8-5 lead before the Seals responded with a pair of goals of their own, including a power-play goal by Berg and an even strength goal by Austin Staats to climb within 8-7. Georgia answered with a pair of goals of its own to jump back out front, 10-7, before the Seals rattled off four straight, including a pair by Berg, to take their first lead since early in the contest, 11-10 with 6:08 remaining. Unable to extend their lead, the Seals surrendered a late goal to the Swarm to tie the game at 11-11 and send it into overtime, setting up Berg's heroics. The teams traded possessions early in the OT period before Berg found a crease on a shot from the top of the circle 4:12 into the overtime session as the Seals claimed the 12-11 victory to improve to 7-3 on the season.

Game 11 at Panther City: Austin Staats' goal on a beautiful behind-the-back pass from veteran Dane Dobbie 3:22 into overtime gave the Seals a 10-9 win over the Panther City Lacrosse Club at the Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth, Texas. The game-winner was Staats' third goal of the night. The Seals had to rally from behind to get the game into overtime. Down 7-4 late in the third period, the Seals took advantage of a five-minute major power play after Panther City's Brent Mitchell was penalized for a cross-check. Wes Berg and Staats scored 20 seconds apart before Dobbie scored his first of the night 6:57 into the fourth period to tie the game at 7-7. For Dobbie, it was his 528th career goal, moving him past Colin Doyle and into sole possession of sixth place on the NLL's all-time scoring list. Panther City's Callum Crawford broke the 7-7 tie with a goal with 6:37 remaining in the fourth, but the Seals responded with goals from Kyle Jackson and Staats to take their first lead of the game, 9-8. Unfortunately, San Diego couldn't hang onto the lead as Panther City's Ryan Sheridan scored with 3:10 left in the fourth to tie the game at 9-9 and send it into overtime, setting up Staats' and Dobbie's game-winning heroics.

Game 12 vs. Toronto: The Toronto Rock scored three goals in the final 1:59 to defeat the Seals, 15-13, at Pechanga Arena. It was San Diego's first loss of the season at Pechanga Arena. During a chippy first quarter, the Seals exploded for six goals. They fell behind 3-1 early before outscoring Toronto 5-2 to close out the period and take a 6-5 lead. The six-goal outburst included a pair each by Jacob Dunbar and Wes Berg, in addition to goals by season scoring leader Austin Staats and Tre Leclaire. The second quarter had more offensive fireworks as the teams combined for eight goals, four by each side. For the Seals it was two more by Staats and a pair from veteran Dane Dobbie. It was a completely different story in the third quarter as the teams went scoreless for the first 9:28 until Marley Angus scored for Toronto to tie the game, 10-10. A pivotal moment in the game came just 23 seconds later when Toronto's Sheldon Burns was called for a five-minute major after cross-checking Jake Govett, but the Seals were only able to capitalize with one goal, Dobbie's third of the night, and the Seals led 11-10 after three quarters. Both teams' offenses warmed back up in the fourth. Toronto scored two quick goals to go up 12-11, but the Seals answered with a power-play goal by Leclaire and Staats' fourth of the night to reclaim the lead, 13-12. The score remained as such for the next 7:50 until Toronto tied the game with a goal at the 1:59 mark and took the lead 53 seconds later. The Rock added an empty-netter for the final goal of the night as they closed out the win.

Game 13 vs. Halifax: In a penalty-filled game, the Seals defeated the Halifax Thunderbirds, 12-8, at Pechanga Arena. The Seals fell behind early, 3-1, and trailed 4-3 after one quarter but they caught up to the Thunderbirds and tied the game 2:25 into the second on a Tre Leclaire power play goal off a pass from Dane Dobbie. They then took their first lead of the game just 1:09 later on another power play goal, this one from Austin Staats off a pass from Wes Berg and added another a short time later to go up 6-4 on a Jacob Dunbar goal off a feed from Staats. Halifax scored to narrow the deficit to 6-5 before Staats added another at the 5:14 mark of the second and the Seals took a 7-5 lead into the locker room at the break. Fifty-two seconds into the third quarter, the Seals extended their lead to 8-5 on another power play goal, this one from Dunbar off a pass from Dobbie. Late in the third, a slew of Halifax penalties gave the Seals a two-man advantage and San Diego capitalized with a power play goal from Staats, his third of the night and 49 seconds later, Berg scored on a feed from Leclaire and the Seals led 10-6 after three periods. The Seals added two more goals in the final period, Staats' fourth of the night and an empty-netter from Dobbie for the final points of the night. The teams combined for 18 penalties, 14 of which were committed by the Thunderbirds.

Game 14 at Calgary: The Seals came out flying and then had to hang on to capture their 10th win of the season, 7-6, over Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Seals got off to a fast start and scored the game's first four goals and led 6-2 at the half. Wes Berg and Austin Staats each scored a pair in the first half while Tre Leclaire and Kyle Jackson also tallied goals. The second half was a completely different story. Calgary scored three unanswered goals early in the third period to close to within 6-5, but San Diego buckled down defensively and the score remained as such until Leclaire's second goal of the night with just seven seconds left in the third quarter gave San Diego a 7-5 edge. The fourth and final quarter was all about defense. San Diego was unable to find the back of the net and gave up a late goal to Calgary's Tanner Cook with 3:14 remaining in the game, but again the Seals' settled down defensively and kept the Roughnecks off the scoreboard in the final minutes to come away with the 7-6 win. The six goals allowed by the Seals was a season low. Curtis Dickson had a team-high three assists to become the NLL's 16th player to reach 1,000 career points.

Game 15 vs. Las Vegas: The Seals qualified for the 2024 NLL playoffs in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 5-1 first quarter deficit to defeat the Las Vegas Desert Dogs, 10-9, in overtime at Pechanga Arena. Tre Leclaire put the Seals into the postseason after taking a length of field pass from goaltender Chris Origlieri and scoring just 54 seconds into sudden death. It was Leclaire's team-leading third goal of the night. Dane Dobbie, Jacob Dunbar and Wes Berg each scored twice for the Seals. Berg also had six assists for a game-high eight points. The Seals chipped away at the early deficit, outscoring Las Vegas 3-1 in the second period and 3-2 in the third period before finally tying the game 2:04 into the fourth period on Berg's second goal of the night. Dobbie gave the Seals their first lead, 9-8, on a power play goal with 7:49 remaining in the fourth. Las Vegas scored 1:20 later to tie the game and send it to overtime, setting up Origlieri and Leclaire's heroics. With the win, the Seals improved to 11-4 on the season.

Game 16 vs. Panther City: The Seals overcame a 10-9 fourth-quarter deficit by scoring five unanswered goals over the final 4:57 to defeat the Panther City Lacrosse Club, 14-10, at Pechanga Arena. With the win, the Seals guaranteed themselves of hosting a postseason game at Pechanga Arena. In a back-and-forth game that was closely contested throughout, the Seals outscored Panther City 7-3 over the final 15 minutes to claim the victory. Trevor Baptiste scored his first two goals of the season in the decisive fourth quarter, while Chris Wardle, Austin Staats, Wes Berg, Dane Dobbie and Tre Leclaire each scored once. Staats scored a team-high four goals for the Seals while Berg netted three. With his four goals, Staats increased his season total to 47, setting a new team record. Dobbie previously held the team single-season mark with 45. And Baptiste became the 10th player in NLL history to surpass 1,500 career faceoff wins while also breaking Cam Holding's single-season team record for loose ball wins.

Game 17 at Saskatchewan: The Seals saw their four-game win streak come to a halt as they fell to the Saskatchewan Rush, 13-8, at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Seals came out fast and scored the game's first two goals, but it was all Rush after that as Saskatchewan scored the game's next nine goals to stake out to a 9-2 lead. Chris Wardle's goal 4:19 into the third period halted the Saskatchewan run. The Seals trailed 11-5 after three periods and scored three unanswered goals early in the fourth, including two during a five-minute major penalty, to climb within 12-8, but Saskatchewan halted the run with a goal midway through the fourth and held on for the win.

Game 18 vs. Vancouver: The Seals got a much-needed momentum-boosting win heading into the 2024 NLL Playoffs, closing out the regular-season with a 16-9 win over the Vancouver Warriors at Pechanga Arena. Seven different players scored in the game for San Diego. The Seals came roaring out of the gate and outscored Vancouver 4-1 in the opening quarter. Wes Berg scored exactly one minute into the game and 2:15 later, Dane Dobbie scored to give the Seals a 2-0 lead, scoring on a power play goal from the right wing. After a Warriors goal, Kyle Jackson spun away from a Vancouver defender and scored from the top of the circle to put San Diego up 3-1. Curtis Dickson capped the first quarter scoring with a late goal to put the Seals up 4-1. Vancouver, which came into the game on a five-game win streak, returned the favor in the second, outscoring San Diego, 4-1 to open the period and tie the game 5-5. The Seals stopped the run, however, with three goals in the final 1:23 of the first half. Tre Leclaire scored first and 11 seconds later, Danny Logan came up with a steal and scored on a breakaway to put the seals up 7-5. Dickson's second goal of the night with 1.9 left to put San Diego up 8-5 at the break. San Diego carried the momentum into the third quarter with two quick goals. Dickson scored 1:31 in, his third of the night to put the Seals up 9-5, and 12 seconds later, Logan scored from the top of the circle to put the seals up 10-5. A pair of Vancouver goals trimmed the seals lead to 10-7, but Leclaire's goal with 2:38 left gave the Seals an 11-7 lead after three quarters. Season goal-scoring leader Austin Staats, Jackson and Berg all scored for the Seals in the fourth quarter for the final goals in the 16-9 win. Notable: Dickson (530 career goals) scored three goals to pass Colin Doyle (528) for seventh place on the National Lacrosse League's all-time list.

Round 1 Playoff Quarterfinals vs. Panther City: Dane Dobbie's goal 2:49 into sudden death propelled the Seals to a 9-8 victory over the Panther City Lacrosse Club in a National Lacrosse League quarterfinal playoff matchup at Pechanga Arena. Austin Staats, who led the Seals with four goals on the night, scored the game-tying goal early in the fourth to help send the game into overtime. A defensive battle throughout, the game was tied 2-2 after one quarter. Dobbie put the Seals on the board first with a goal 2:26 in and with 5:35 left in the first, Cam Holding made a beautiful defensive play, intercepting a Panther City pass at the midfield logo and scoring on a breakaway goal. Twenty-eight seconds into the second period, Tre Leclaire put the Seals up 3-2 and after a Panther City goal tied the game, Staats put the Seals back up 4-3, breaking away from a Panther City double team behind the net and scoring on a diving wraparound goal. Panther City scored the game's next two goals to take their first lead of the night before Staats knotted the game at 5-5 with a goal at the 5:31 mark of the second. After Panther city scored to go up 6-5, Dobbie scored again with 2:55 left in the half to send the teams to the locker room tied 6-6 at the break. Defense dominated the third quarter with each team scoring just once, the Seals goal scored by Staats, his third of the night. Just 2:39 into the fourth, Panther City scored to take an 8-7 lead, but Staats scored his fourth of the night with 10:25 left in regulation to tie the game again, 8-8, ultimately sending it to overtime. Dobbie's game winning goal came 2:49 into sudden death. Notable: Faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste won 19 of 21 faceoffs against Panther City. Baptiste also secured a game-high 14 loose balls in the victory.

Round 2 Playoff Semifinals vs. Albany (Game 1): The Seals staged a furious late fourth quarter rally, but came up just short in Game 1 of the National Lacrosse League semifinals at Pechanga Arena, falling to Albany, 14-12. After falling behind 13-8 on a power play goal by the FireWolves' Marshall Powless with 5:54 left, San Diego scored four goals in a 2:25 stretch to get within a goal at 13-12. Curtis Dickson, who led the Seals with four goals, scored twice, while Dane Dobbie and Tre Leclaire each scored once. Within a goal, the Seals won the ensuing faceoff and had possession in the Albany end, but they were whistled for a moving screen and on a quick change of possession, Albany scored an empty netter for the final goal in the 14-12 victory. It was a penalty-filled game that saw the teams called for a combined 19 penalties. Dobbie didn't waste any time, scoring 40 seconds into the contest on the Seals' first possession of the game to give the home side an early 1-0 lead. After an Albany goal at the 8:45 mark, Dickson helped the seals retake the lead with a goal 34 seconds later while flying through the crease. Albany scored two late goals, including one with just one second left in the quarter to take a 3-2 lead after 15 minutes. It was all Albany to open the second quarter as they scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead of the Seals 6-2. Dobbie stopped the run with a power-play goal for the Seals with 6:32 left in the half and team captain Wes Berg brought the Seals back to within two with his first goal of the playoffs with just 34 seconds left in the second quarter and with it, Albany took a 6-4 lead into the locker room at the break. Just like they did to start the game, the Seals scored on their first possession of the second half as Berg netted his second just 23 seconds into the third quarter to get San Diego within a goal at 6-5. The rest of the quarter though was all FireWolves as Albany outscored the Seals 5-1 to take an 11-6 lead. The stretch included three goals from Albany's Alex Simmons, who finished the night with a game-high five goals. The Seals' lone goal during the stretch was a power-play goal by Dickson. The Seals scored the game's next two goals to open the fourth quarter to get back within 11-8. Seals season scoring leader, Austin Staats, who scored four goals in the team's quarterfinal playoff win over Panther City, put his name in the scorebook on a diving goal through the crease and a short time later Berg netted his third off a beautiful feed from Dickson to get the seals back within three at 11-8. Albany scored two more to go up 13-8 before the Seals put together the late rally.

Round 2 Playoff Semifinals vs. Albany (Game 2): The host Albany FireWolves defeated the Seals, 13-10, in Game 2 of the NLL semifinals to complete a sweep of the series and advance to the NLL Cup. Much like Game 1, it was a penalty-filled game that saw the teams combine for 18 penalties, including 12 against the Seals, and eight power play goals. The first half was a game of runs. San Diego jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with goals off the sticks of Tre Leclaire and Austin Staats in the game's first three minutes. Albany though answered by scoring six of the game's next seven goals, including three on the power play. The stretch included a 3-0 run to close the first quarter, at the end of which Albany led 3-2. Three minutes into the second quarter, Leclaire scored his second of the afternoon to tie the game at 3-3, but Albany went on another three-goal run to jump ahead 6-3. The Seals put together a run of their own however to close out the half with a power play goal by Curtis Dickson and Staats' second of the afternoon, both in the final two minutes of the second quarter, and the teams went to the locker rooms at the half with Albany up 6-5. Dane Dobbie made it three straight for the Seals, opening the third quarter with a game-tying goal. For Dobbie, it moved him into a tie for the most playoff goals in NLL history. Albany answered though with two goals of their own and a third during a five-minute major penalty against Staats to pull ahead 9-6. Dickson stopped the Albany run with his second goal of the game, a power play goal, but Staats was called for another penalty shortly after and Albany's Alex Simmons, who scored five goals in Game 1, scored his third of the afternoon on the man advantage and Albany took a 10-7 lead into the final quarter. The fourth quarter started with an exchange of goals and after Albany's Tye Kurtz scored his third of the game to put the FireWolves up 12-8, the Seals countered with goals by Dobbie and Staats to get back within 12-10 with 5:09 left in the game. For Dobbie it put him into sole possession of first place on the League's all-time playoff goals list. That was all the Seals could muster offensively though and the FireWolves would add an empty netter late in the match for the final goal in the 13-10 victory.


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