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Jeff Teat, the number one overall pick in the 2021 PLL College draft, made his PLL debut with Atlas LC on Friday night at Homewood Field. Teat’s debut was nothing too spectacular as Atlas fell 12-11 to Whipsnakes LC and Teat dished out two assists.
Fast forward to Atlas’ second contest of the weekend on Sunday and the script has completely flipped. Not only did Atlas come up on the winning end of a one-goal (18-17) contest, but Teat put together one of the best and most memorable rookie performances in history.
The former Cornell star ended the contest with seven goals and two assists for a whooping nine points to lead the Atlas offense. Teat put together a first-half hat trick and tallied six of his seven goals in the first three quarters of play.
However, it wasn’t all Teat for Atlas on Sunday afternoon. Romar Dennis and Jake Carraway each had two goals to aide the Atlas offense while Michael Rexrode led the way on the defensive end with four caused turnovers and one ground ball. Trevor Baptiste went 35-for-35 (69%) at the faceoff dot, going up against the Cannons’ duo of Drew Simoneau and Thomas Kelly.
Andrew Kew led Cannons with five points off three goals and two assists while Ryan Drenner (4G), Connor Buczek (3G/1A), and Paul Rabil (2G, 1 two-point goal).
Chrome Ends Whipsnakes’ Win Streak
After taking down Atlas, 18-17, on Friday night, Waterdogs LC suffered their first loss since 2019 against Chrome LC on Sunday afternoon, falling 16-6.
Chrome pushed ahead 6-1 at the end of the first and never took their foot off the gas, taking an 8-2 lead at the half before outscoring the two-time champions 8-4 in the second half to secure the victory. And it was multiple rookies and PLL newcomers who led the way for Chrome offensively.
Jackson Morrill led all scorers with six points off four goals and two assists while Colin Heacock put up five points off three one-point goals and a two-pointer. Heacock put in four of his five shots on the day. Additionally, Justin Anderson scored a two-pointer and Ryan Terefenko recorded a goal and a ground ball.
John Galloway made 21 saves with a 78% save percentage to anchor the Chrome defense, which held Whipsnakes offense to single-digits for the first time in the club’s history.
Whipsnakes, who were without Zed Williams for the entire contest and only saw limited action from Matt Rambo, saw Chris Aslanian led the offense with a hat trick. The PLL newcomer recorded his first point in the PLL in their Friday night win. Connor Kirst also had two goals.
Chaos Top Redwoods For First Win of 2021
After being held pointless in his first three pro contests, Mac O’Keefe scored two goals – including the game-winning two-pointer with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter – to help lift Chaos LC past Redwoods LC, 11-9, and secure their first win of the 2021 season.
O’Keefe’s two-pointer broke the 9-9 tie and and capped off a 4-0 fourth-quarter for Chaos to push them to victory after seeing Redwoods get ahead 9-7 after a third quarter in which they seemed to control the tempo for the majority of the frame.
Josh Byrne (2G/1A), Dhane Smith (1G/2A), and rookie Ryan Smith (2G) – who made his pro debut on Saturday – also aided the Chaos offense. Blaze Riordan anchored a solid defensive effort with a 61% save percentage.
In a game that marked Kyle Harrison’s last at Homewood field, the legend was held to 0-3 shooting. However, Myles Jones and Ryder Garnsey each provided two goals and Rob Pannell scored once and dished out two assists to lead the Redwoods’ offense. TD Ierlan went 17-for-22 (77%) at the faceoff dot.
Archers’ Offense Continues Hot Streak
Archers LC continued to roll through their opponents with a fiery display of offense and elite shutdown defense as they defeated Waterdogs LC, 17-8, in Saturday’s nightcap.
While it was the Archers offense of Grant Ament (1G/5A), Will Manny (3G/2A), Marcus Holman (3G/1A), and others that made the most noise on the scoreboard, they weren’t the only ones to get in on the goal-scoring frenzy. Scott Ratliff cashed in on a two-pointer in transition off a feed from Adam Ghitelman. The goalie later scored a goal of his own in the dying seconds of the game, launching one from the defensive zone and getting it to go.
Graeme Hossack led the Archers’ defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Ryan Conrad and Zach Currier each had two goals to lead the way for Waterdogs.
Current PLL Standings
Archers LC: 3-0
Whipsnakes LC: 3-1
Redwoods LC: 2-2
Waterdogs LC: 2-2
Atlas LC: 2-2
Chrome LC: 1-2
Cannons LC: 1-3
Chaos LC: 1-3
The PLL heads to Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium on Long Island for Fourth of July weekend. Archers will face Chrome on Friday while Redwoods-Waterdogs and Cannons-Chaos go down on Saturday night. On the Fourth of July Sunday, Whipsnakes face Archers and Chrome face Atlas.