Buczek Leads Atlas LC Over Chrome LC In Blowout Victory

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Photo Courtesy of Premier Lacrosse League                                                                                                  

In the first overall pick bracket, Atlas LC defeated Chrome LC 17-8. Atlas will move on to face Archers LC next week to decide who gets the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. 

This win for Atlas can be heavily credited to Connor Buczek who put on an absolute show, breaking the PLL single game scoring record with nine points and really leading the offense in a multitude of ways. In addition, their defense stood stout for most of the game and made it difficult for Chrome to get many settled possessions. 

Atlas got on things started fairly quickly with Connor Buczek letting one fly from beyond the arc early in the first. Chrome finally got the board midway through the first with Jordan Wolf finding the back of the cage. Eric Law answered for Atlas, starting a six-goal run that lasted through the early portion of the second. 

Atlas held a 5-1 lead heading into the second and continued to grow it. They were simply dominating on both ends, playing aggressive defense and really moving the ball efficiently on the offensive end. Chrome did find some momentum late in the quarter with Justin Guterding and Connor Farrell scoring just eight seconds apart, but they still trailed 10-4 heading into the half.

It was much more back-and-forth in the third as Atlas and Chrome went back and forth for most of the quarter. Paul Rabil and Eric Law scored back-to-back early on, pushing Atlas’ lead to 12-4. Chrome answered in a sizable way, going on a three-goal run to cut the lead to just five. 

A Connor Buczek two-pointer, his second of the game, late in the third pretty much put this one out of reach as Atlas led 15-7 heading into the fourth. While Chrome was able to score early on Atlas capped off the game with two straight goals from Kieran Mcardle and Connor Buczek to secure the win. 

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