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In a tightly contest Friday night battle, Whipsnakes LC was able to ride the hot hands of Joe Nardella and Zed Williams, as they took home the 12-7 victory over Chaos LC.
Whipsnakes jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first, but it wasn’t long before Curtis Dickson got Chaos going. Chaos was able to tie things up in the second with two early goals from Josh Byrne and Curtis Dickson, but Whipsnakes soon got hot and were able to take a 7-5 lead into the half.
Zed Williams continued his streak of hat tricks, recording one in the first half. Mike Chanenchuk nailed one of his signature two-bombs early in the third, and that is when they really turned the jets on. While Chaos was able to gain back some momentum late in the third, Whipsnakes’ defense blanked them in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and stay undefeated.
Joe Nardella went 18-for-21 (86%) at the dot, scored a goal, and dished out one assist. Nardella scooped up one less ground ball (12) than the entire Chaos team (13). Kyle Bernlohr made 15 saves with a 68% clip and Matt Rambo tallied six points (2G/4A). Zed Williams ended the game with four goals.
Curtis Dickson led Chaos with three points (2G/1A). Blaze Riordan made 21 saves with a 66% save percentage.
Chrome LC Outlast Waterdogs LC
After not scoring since the first quarter, Kieran McArdle scored his third goal of the game to net a hat trick and end Waterdogs LC’s scoring drought. A nine-point run, which included two-bombs from Steve DeNapoli and Connor Kelly, wouldn’t be enough as Chrome LC was able to run out the clock in the final seconds and come out with the 13-12 victory.
Despite missing Ned Crotty due to an injury, Chrome’s offense picked apart the Waterdogs defense for the majority of the game. And the Chrome defense, which saw Michael Manley and Reece Eddy have stellar nights once again, showed up to play, holding Waterdogs scoreless for 28 minutes straight.
Jordan Wold dished out four goals, while Justin Guterding and Jesse King tallied three points (2G/1A). John Galloway made 13 saves with a 57% clip in cage to anchor the Chrome defensive effort.
Kieran McArdle led Waterdogs with five goals. Drew Simoneau went 7-for-14 (50%) and score two goals. Jake Withers went 7-for-12 (58%) at the faceoff dot.
Nardella Makes Continues MVP Caliber Series
Whipsnakes faceoff man Joe Nardella has been mentioned in the MVP discussion all week long, but he may have just cemented himself as the clear front runner following his performance on Friday night.
A Rutgers product, Nardella went 18-for-21 (86%) at the dot, tallied two points (1G/1A), and scooped up 12 ground balls in the victory. He did everything for this Whipsnakes squad, as usual, and looked like the best player on the field at multiple times throughout the contest.
Play Of The Day
Austin Staats flips it one-handed around Tim Muller to Miles Thompson, who proceeds to shoot a Behind-back-back shot right on the doorstep.
— Lacrosse Bucket (@LacrosseBucket) July 31, 2020