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In what was a back-and-forth affair for the majority of the contest, the Whipsnakes took down Archers, 17-11, to finish out pool play and claim the No. 1 overall seed in the PLL Tournament, which begins on Tuesday.
Reigning league MVP Matt Rambo was the X-factor for Whipsnakes, as they absolutely took over the game in the final quarter and a half of play. Rambo ended with 10 points (2G/8A), breaking the PLL single-game record for assists and points, to lead the way for the Whipsnakes’ offense in the victory.
Archers got hot early on in the game with the trio of Grant Ament, Will Manny, and Marcus Holman running the offense like a well-oiled machine to put them up 4-2 midway through the second. However, the script seemed to flip pretty quickly and Whipsnakes appeared to have all the energy for the majority of the final three quarters of play.
Whipnsnakes ended the first half with a 3-0 goal, outscoring Archers 6-3 in the second quarter alone to take an 8-6 lead into the half. They were able to stay ahead, taking an 11-9 lead into the fourth quarter, but it was in that final quarter when they shifted gears and put the pedal to the metal.
Starting with a crossfield feed from Matt Rambo to Zed Williams early in the fourth, the Whipnsnakes go hot. And they stayed hot for the majority of the quarter. Archers were able to capitalize on a few prime opportunities down the stretch, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Joe Nardella dominated the faceoff dot, going 21-for-30 (70%), scooping up 14 ground balls, and causing one turnover. John Haus (4G/2A) and Zed Williams (4G/1A) also played huge roles in the Whipsnkes’ offensive dominance.
Ryan Ambler led Archers with two goals and an assist. Grant Ament also had one goal and two assists, and Christian Mazzone found the back of the net twice.
First Round (Tuesday, August 4th)
No. 2 Chrome vs No. 7 Chaos – 5:30pm ET (NBC Sports Gold)
No. 4 Redwoods vs No. 5 Waterdogs – 8pm ET (NBC Sports Gold)
No. 3 Archers vs No. 6 Atlas – 10:30pm ET (NBC Sports Network)
Semifinals (Thursday, August 6th)
No. 1 Whipsnakes vs Redwoods/Waterdogs
Chrome/Chaos vs Archers/Atlas
Championship (Sunday, August 9th)
Semifinal 1 winner vs Semifinals 2 winner