Chrome LC Upsets Whipsnakes LC In Offensive Showdown, Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of Premier Lacrosse League                                                                                                  

In an absolute offensive shootout, Chrome LC struck fear in the hearts of all the naysayers and upset Whipsnakes LC: the number one team in the league. Also, in their 20-16 win Chrome became the first team to reach 20 points in a single game. 

While it was the highest scoring game in PLL history, the first quarter saw most of the action from Chrome as they scored 10. Whipsnakes started finding their offense more in the second half, but weren’t able to go on as big of a run as Chrome did in the first. The Chrome offensive attack was lethal as guys were doing the right things, moving well without the ball, and taking advantage of the piss-poor Whipsnakes defense. 

John Ranagan got the Chrome offense going within the first minute of the game. That goal was the start of a four-goal run that helped them get off to a hot start and take an early 4-0 lead. During that run Ned Crotty found the back of the net twice and Matt Danowski also scored a goal. 

Whipsnakes finally got on the board with Joe Nardell stinging the back of net with 6:16 in the first. A one-pointer from Mike Chanechuck and two-pointer from Michael Ehrhardt followed to tie things up at 4. Chrome closed the first quarter on a six-goal run to take a 10-4 lead. During that run, Justin Guterding and Jordan MacIntosh took control and burned through every hole the Whipsnakes defense gave them. 

Max Tuttle stretched the Chrome run to seven goals early in the second, but after Whipsnakes pulled Kyle Bernlohr and put Dan Morris in things started to even out. It was a very back-and-forth quarter of action even with Whipsnakes scoring four straight points (three goals) late in the quarter. Ned Crotty ripped a two-pointer in the final 20 seconds of the quarter to give Chrome a 14-9 lead heading into the half. 

With Kyle Bernlohr back in cage, Whipsnakes defense stepped up much more in the second half. However, Bernlohr did not the finish the game in cage due to a penalty late in the fourth quarter. 

After some back-and-forth play to open the third, Connor Kelly and Joe Locasio scored two straight for Whipsnakes to cut the Chrome lead to 14-11. John Ranagan answered quickly with a two-pointer for Chrome, pushing their lead back out to 16-11. Michael Ehrhardt pulled another two-pointer out of his back pocket to cut the Chrome lead to 16-14, but Chrome countered and was able to take a 17-15 lead into the fourth. 

Following an early goal from Ned Crotty, Jeremy Sieverts answered for Whipsnakes to cut the Chrome lead to 18-16. Chrome was able to hold their own on both ends of the field, scoring the last two goals of the game and holding Whipsnakes to just that Sieverts goal in the fourth. Ned Crotty put the nail in the coffin with 1:40 in fourth before Chrome was able to run the clock out and officially complete the upset. 

 

 

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