(Photo Courtesy of Premier Lacrosse League)
After an inaugural season in 2020 that saw Waterdogs LC only grab a single victory, the club has already doubled their previous season with total with two wins over the weekend to sweep their first double-header weekend of the season. And it was their offense that played a huge part in both wins.
Ryan Brown, who was traded from Atlas LC over offseason following a 2020 campaign in which he only had six goals, returned to to form during the second weekend with his new team. Brown continually got his hands free in front of the cage and found the back of the net – looking like the best shooter in the world once again.
Brown netted a hat trick to help lead Waterdogs to their first win of the season, 14-12, against Chaos LC on Friday and then followed up that performance with a five-goal outing on Sunday to help lead his team to victory, 14-9, over Chrome LC.
However, the former Johns Hopkins Blue Jay was far from the only bright spot on the Waterdogs’ offense this weekend. Mikie Schlosser led the way with four points off two goals and two assists on Friday before putting up a hat trick during Sunday’s win. Ben Reeves had a five-point weekend with a hat trick against Chaos and tallied three points off two goals and an assist against Chrome.
Whipsnakes LC Escapes Cannons LC to Stay Unbeaten
The two-time champs may have been dealt a scare by the Cannons on Saturday afternoon, but Whipsnakes were able to seal the deal in overtime off a John Haus rip to continue their winning streak that dates back to the 2019 season.
Whipsnakes pushed ahead 8-4 at the half, but the Cannons were able to find their footing and sent things to overtime with just seconds left in regulation. Reece Eddy intercepted a Whipsnakes pass and took it downfield to find an open Andrew Kew on the left wing to make it a 14-14 game with 46 seconds left remaining.
Zed Williams had six goals to lead Whipsnakes while Brad Smith (2G/1A) and Matt Rambo (1G/2A) each had three points. Joe Nardella went 16-for-29 (55%) at the dot and Kyle Bernlohr made a whopping 21 saves.
Lyle Thompson netted four goals for Cannons while Ryan Drenner had himself a hat trick. Nick Marrocco made 16 saves.
Jack Concannon’s 17-Save Performance Leads Atlas LC in Upset of Redwoods LC
A week after being pulled, Jack Concannon put up an impressive 17-save performance to lead Atlas LC in their upset win, 12-9, over Redwoods LC.
The two squads were practically neck-and-neck the entire contest, but it was an 8-6 second half that helped Atlas find some breathing room. Additionally, Atlas was able to gain an upper hand in the ground ball games as they scooped up 41 to Redwoods’ 26.
While Concannon’s impressive day in cage turned heads on the defensive end, rookie Jake Carraway stole the show on the offensive end with a five-point day that saw him have three one-point goals and a two-pointer. Eric Law also had four points (3G/1A).
Rob Pannell (3G/1A) and Myles Jones (1G/3A) each had four points to lead Redwoods.
The battle between Atlas’ Trevor Baptiste and Redwoods’ TD Ierlan at the faceoff dot was as good as advertised. Ierlan went 13-for-23 (57%) while Baptiste went 10-for-21 (48%).
Archers LC’s Offense Turns On The Jets (Again)
Despite *LSM* Ian MacKay ripping two consecutive two-bombs to get the scoring Chaos in the first quarter and help make it an even 7-7 game at the half, Archers LC was able to flex their muscle and ended the contest on an 11-2 run from late in the second quarter through the third to make it a 12-8 victory. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
The Archers’ offenses showed just how dangerous they are for the second week in a row with Grant Ament (2G/4A) and Will Manny (5G) combining for 11 points. Tom Schreiber also tallied three points off two goals and an assist.
In addition to their offensive dominance, Stephen Kelly went 71% (15-for-21) at the faceoff dot.
Ian MacKay’s two two-pointers led the Chaos offense while Dhane Smith and Chris Cloutier each had two goals. Blaze Riordan made 21 saves with a 64% save percentage.
Current PLL Standings
Archers LC: 2-0
Whipsnakes LC: 2-0
Redwoods LC: 2-1
Waterdogs LC: 2-1
Atlas LC: 1-1
Cannons LC: 1-2
Chrome LC: 0-2
Chaos LC: 0-3
The PLL heads to historic Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for week three of the season. Whipsnakes face Atlas in Friday night’s contest while Redwoods-Chaos and Waterdogs-Archers highlights Saturday night’s action. Cannons face Atlas and Chrome face Whipsnakes on Sunday.