(Photo Courtesy of PLL)
With 11:06 in the overtime period, Grant Ament fed Ryan Ambler on a no look, underhanded, cross field pass for the 13-12 Archers LC victory over Chrome LC, in what was a battle of undefeated’s.
A power outage caused by the heat delayed the game for an hour and ten minutes directly following Christian Mazzone putting Archers on the board first in the first minute of play. Once the two squads came back out, it was all Archers, as they not only dominated on both ends but also dominated the possession time, as well.
Down 8-3 after a piss poor, penalty ridden first half, Chrome started to find their rhythm in the third. They started the quarter on a four-goal run, which included a two-bomb from Sam Duggan, to pull within one. Scott Ratliff took a ground ball to the rack to give Archers a two-goal cushion again, but two straight from Justin Guterding and Matt Gaudet tied things up at 9 heading into the fourth.
A snipe from Justin Guterding put Chrome up 12-11 with 6:04 in the fourth and for a while it looked like they could hold on for the victory. However, Tom Schreiber had other plans as he came off a pick, swept across the top, and buried one to tie things up with eight seconds left and force overtime, where Grant Ament’s amazing feed would lead to an amazing catch and score from Ryan Ambler to secure the win for Archers.
Archers were led by Grant Ament with six points (1G/5A). Ament’s five assists tie the PLL’s single-game record. Will Manny netted a hat trick, while Tom Schreiber and Christian Mazzone also scored two goals each.
Archers’ duo of Stephen Kelly and Brendan Fowler dominated at the faceoff dot. Kelly went 10-for-15 (67%) and Fowler went 10-for-12 (83%).
John Galloway made 18 saves with a 60% clip for Chrome. Jordan Wolf led Chrome’s offense with four points (2G/2A), while Justin Guterding tallied three points (2G/1A).
Whipsnakes Ride to Victory
After things being all knotted at 3-3 in the first quarter, Whipsnakes LC used a nine-goal run to pull away and help secure the 15-6 win. They shut out Atlas LC for almost the entire second half, until Romar Dennis ended the drought with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Whipsnakes showcased their offensive versatility, again in the victory. Jay Carlson led the way wit four goals, while Zed Williams tallied five points (3G/2A) and Mike Chanechuk recorded five points (3G (1 2-pointer)/1A). Kyle Bernlohr made 15 saves and posted a 71% save percentage. Joe Nardella dominated the battle at the dot, going 16-for-21 (76%).
Romar Dennis led Atlas with two goals. Jack Concannon made 15 saves with a 52% save percentage.
Archers Attacking The Stripe
One of the biggest storylines coming out of Thursday’s games was the success of the one-two punch in Stephen Kelly and Brendan Fowler that Archers has rolled out this season. The due absolutely dominated Connor Farrell at the faceoff dot all game long.
The due went 20-27 (74%) combined. Individually, Kelly went 10-for-15 (67%) and Fowler went 10-for-12 (83%). The two were able to keep Farrell on his heels all night and really disrupted Chrome’s offensive flow, especially in the first half, because of their dominance at the stripe. Hunter Forbes was also dominated when he came in for Farrell for a few draws.
Farrell went 5-for-18 (28%) and Forbes went 2-for-9 (22%).
Play of The Day
What else but the game winning goal from Ryan Ambler off of the insane no-look feed from Grant Ament.
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) July 31, 2020