Seals dominate Calgary 15-9 in second straight LAX home victory

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In the San Diego Seals’ first four games in the National League Lacrosse, there was one obvious stinker in the estimation of head coach Patrick Merrill.
They’d scored an emotional victory at Colorado in their inaugural game, but six days later, the Seals traveled to Calgary and experienced a post-Christmas flop, beaten 9-5 in the only showing among their first four in which they didn’t score in double digits.
“We definitely lost focus,” Merrill said. “It was a game there for the taking.”
Calgary saw a very different team on Friday night at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
Coming off a rousing win in their home opener last Saturday and going down by two goals early in this match, the Seals broke open a close game with three rapid-fire goals at the end of the first half and went on to win 15-9.
Austin Staats, the Seals’ 20-year-old rookie out of Six Nations, Ontario, had another big night, scoring three times (with three assists) to give him 16 goals for the season. Fellow forward Casey Jackson doubled his goals total with a hat trick, and goalie Frank Scigliano made 37 saves in facing 46 shots on goal.
The Seals (3-2) showed a stunning explosiveness in the closing minutes of the first half.
After Calgary (3-3) tied the game 5-5 at 9:47 in the second quarter, San Diego notched a trio of goals in a 44-second span.
Jackson ripped a shot past Calgary goalie Christian Del Bianco for his fourth goal of the season at 12:07. Billings then scored 37 seconds later.
San Diego won the ensuing face-off, and in seven seconds, Garrett McIntosh chased down the ball and fed it to Johnny Pearson, who scored to make it 8-5 at halftime.

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The announced crowd of 7,283 was down from the team’s announced attendance of 11,323 for their first-ever home opener on Jan. 12.
In an interview earlier in the week, Seals owner Joe Tsai predicted a smaller crowd because there is a large youth lacrosse tournament being held in Palm Desert this weekend. In fact, Tsai’s son, Jacob, 12, was playing and had to miss the Seals game.
The Seals face their first back-to-back weekend games when they play in Vancouver tonight. The Warriors, also in the West Division, are off to a 1-4 start, losing four straight since winning their opener.
San Diego has only one home game next month, Feb. 8 against Vancouver.