(Photo Courtesy of Premier Lacrosse League)
New year, New Chrome LC. The league’s worst team last season showed up and showed out, as they were able to start the season with comeback victory over Chaos LC.
Things were pretty tight first quarter in which things ended all knotted at 4, Chaos caught fire in the second quarter. From NASCAR speed fast breaks to Connor Fields BTB goals, Chaos light up the scoreboard and seemed to scorching Chrome in every way imaginable.
However, despite being up 8-4 at the half, the script flipped immensely in the second half. Chrome started to settle in. They were able to get to their sweet spots and operate their offense with efficiency, and with Connor Farrell dominating the faceoff dot and their defense, which only returns one starter from last season, clamping down they were able to hinder the Chaos offense.
A Jordan MacIntosh finish in the heart of the defense off a Jordan Wolf feed with 9:13 in third was the start of Chrome’s 9-0 run to close out the game and seal the 13-9 victory. The win marks the first ever PLL win for new Chrome head coach Tim Soudan and his staff.
Jordan Wolf led Chrome with four points (3G/1A) while John Ranagan and Justin Guterding each tallied three points (2G/1A) in the victory. Connor Farrell went 19-for-24 (79%) at the faceoff dot.
Connor Fields and Curtis Dickson each tallied four points (3G/1A) to lead Chaos.
Whipsnakes Take Championship Rematch
Whipsnakes LC started the 2020 season the same way they ended the 2019 season, defeating Redwoods LC. The defending champs won the rematch, 13-9, in the season opener.
Brad Smith got Whipsnakes on the board first before Joe Nardella followed it up quickly with two of his own to put Whipsnakes up 3-0 early in the contest. Myles Jones broke the ice for Redwoods, scoring his first goal as a member of the club. Matt Kavanagh made it a 3-2 game with 18.5 seconds left in the first.
Zed Williams made his presence known in the second, recording a hat trick in the quarter, which included two goals in transition and a diving backhander off of a restart in the final seconds of the half. Redwoods head coach Nat St. Laurent was furious with the goal, as Williams had left the restricted area early after a faceoff violation and it was not called.
Coming out of the half with a 8-6 lead following a tightly contested second quarter, Whipsnakes turned on the jets on both ends in the third, as they held Redwoods scoreless and put in three of their own. Redwoods were able to gain some positive momentum in the fourth with a two pointer from Sergio Perkovic, but they weren’t able to mount the comeback as Whipsnakes sealed the deal, 13-9.
Joe Nardella came up huge in the Whipsnakes win, going 15-for-22 (68%) at the faceoff dot. He also tallied two goals and scooped up six ground balls. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr made 15 saves to anchor their defense and newcomer Zed Williams netted a first-half hat trick to lead the way for the Whipsnakes offense.
Matt Kavanagh led the way for Redwoods with three points (2G/1A).
Welcome to The PLL
Saturday marked the official start of the PLL careers for players who came into the league over the offseason via the entry draft of the college draft. And multiple newcomers found ways to shine in their first game.
Zed Williams caught fire in the second quarter of Whipsnakes’ victory over Redwoods, netting a hat trick in the quarter – including this diving goal in the final seconds of the first half.
MY GOODNESS ZED 🐍 pic.twitter.com/06noG8mCLu
— Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club (@PLLWhipsnakes) July 25, 2020
Chaos attackman Curtis “Superman” Dickson had himself one heck of a first game in the PLL. The British Columbia native netted a first half hat trick and also recorded one assist.
Chrome, who had some major roster shake up over the offseason, also saw some new faces make big impacts. Rookies Matt Gaudet and Sam Duggan each scored one goal, while newcomers Eli Salama and Jake Pulver helped the new-look Chrome defense find success in game one. Salama scooped up three ground balls and caused one turnover while Pulver has two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Play of The Day
Chaos puts together one heck of a transition sequence, which ended with two BTB passes and a finish on the doorstep from Curtis Dickson.
Can’t stop watching this 🤯 pic.twitter.com/UMh6r6OGOV
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) July 26, 2020