Fourth Quarter Explosion Pushes Whipsnakes LC Past Atlas LC

Photo Courtesy of Premier Lacrosse League                                                                                                  

Whipsnakes LC moves to 4-0 after defeating Atlas LC 15-10. After what had been a pretty back-and-forth game thus far Whipsnakes exploded in the fourth, scoring nine goals in the quarter to take home the win and stay undefeated. 

Atlas LC was led by Paul Rabil with 4 points (2G,2A) while Chris Cloutier had 3 points (2G,1A). Eric Law also tallied 2 goals for Atlas as well. Trevor Baptiste went 16-22 at the faceoff dot and Jack Concannon made 15 saves in cage. Scotty Rogers also made his debut in cage, coming in during the second half after being out for the first three weeks of the season. 

For Whipsnakes LC, they were led by Matt Rambo and Ryan Drenner who each tallied 4 points (3G,1A) each. Mike Chanenchuk also tallied 5 points (3G, 2 Two-Pointers) in the Whipsnakes win.

Atlas got the scoring starter very quickly with Paul Rabil finding Ryan Brown on the right win for the outside shot. Whipsnakes answered with Matt Rambo and Drew Snider walking right into the Atlas defense and converting, putting Whipsnakes up 2-1 early. 

With Atlas holding a 3-2 lead heading into the second it seemed as if they had a firm grip on the game, especially with the success of Trevor Baptiste at the faceoff dot. 

It was a slower second quarter with both defenses stepping up on both ends of the field, limiting the opposing offense. While both defenses seemed to be the aggressors, both offenses were able to find success as well. Atlas again was able to maintain their lead, being up 5-4 at the half. 

Again, it was a defensive heavy third quarter for the early part but both teams finally found ways to break out their offense late in the third. Paul Rabil got the first goal of the second half with a doorstep finish, putting Atlas up 6-4 with 3:10 in the quarter.

Just over a minute later Matt Rambo answered, ending a 13-minute scoring drought for Whipsakes. Jeremy Sieverts put in a quick one off a feed from Ryan Drenner to tie things up at 6. 

In the fourth Whipsnakes caught firs, scoring nine goals to help secure the win. Once again, Paul Rabil got the scoring started early on, putting Atlas back up by one. Following a Whipsnakes goal to tie it back up, Trevor Baptiste scored a two-pointer right off the faceoff to put Atlas up by two. 

While it seemed that Atlas may have control early in the fourth Whipsnakes knew just how to answer and the did so in a big way. They scored seven point unanswered, including two two-pointers to take the 15-9 lead midway through the fourth. Atlas was only able to convert once more in the fourth, taking the 15-10 loss. 

Whipsnakes really stepped up late, striking hard to secure the win and keep their place atop the league. 


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