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After suffering their first defeat since 2019 in Baltimore, Whipsnakes LC arrived on Long Island with the goal of getting back to their winnings ways. And on the Fourth of July they did just that, defeating Archers LC 15-14 in a contest between two of probably title favorites.
In a contest in which both sides were all knotted up at 8 at the half and Whipsnakes held a one-goal (12-11) lead heading into the fourth, it was a Jay Carlson mid-range jump shot with 32 seconds remaining to record a hat trick and secure the Whipsnakes victory. Less than a minute earlier, Whipsnakes came up with a huge defensive stop to regain possession.
Following Carlson’s game-winner, Matt Abbott came up with a clutch ground ball on the other end to help stifle the Archers’ offense and cap off the Whipsnakes victory.
With Matt Rambo out, Brad Smith led the offensive charge for Whipsnakes with five points off four goals and an assist. Zed Williams had four points off two one-point goals and a two-pointer. Joe Nardella dominated the matchup at the faceoff dot against Stephen Kelly, going 23-for-32 (72%) while also grabbing 11 ground balls.
Despite the lackluster play at the faceoff dot, Archers were able to stay with Whipsnakes all game through their impressive play at both ends. Will Manny (4G/1A), Tom Schreiber (2G/2A), and Grant Ament (2G/2A) ran the offense as expected and got a huge boost from a three-assists performance from Connor Fields. Adam Ghitelman made 15 saves in cage with a 52% save percentage.
Chrome Goes 1-1 on Long Island
After upsetting Whipsnakes in Baltimore Chrome LC split their two Fourth of July weekend contests on Long Island, beating Archers 8-7 on Friday night before falling 16-10 against Atlas LC on Sunday.
Colin Heacock got the party started for Chrome and finished things off, putting in the game-winner with 13 seconds remaining on Friday night to cap off a four-goal outing for the Maryland product.
Heacock and Chrome didn’t show up as strong on Sunday, falling down 8-4 the half and allowing Atlas to continue the onslaught and outscore them 8-6 in the final two quarters of play. The Atlas effort was fueled by a six-point (3G/ 1T / 1A) outing from Bryan Costabile and five-point (2G/ 1T/1A) outing from Romar Dennis. Rookies attackman Jeff Teat (2G/1A) and SSDM Danny Logan (1 T/1A) each had three points as well. Logan also had three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Additionally, Trevor Baptiste went 15-for-24 (63%) against Connor Farrell at the faceoff dot and Jack Concannon made nine saves in cage for Atlas.
Chaos Spoil Rabil’s Record-Breaking Night
Paul Rabil further cemented himself in the pro lacrosse record books on Saturday night, tallying six points off three goals and three assists to surpass John Grant Jr. on the all-time career points list.
However, Rabil’s big night was spoiled by Chaos LC being able to escape Long Island with a 14-10 victory. Chaos came back from down 8-5 at the half and with a four-goal third quarter and five-goal fourth was able to jump ahead and secure their second straight win of the season.
Josh Byrne led the charge for Chaos with five points off 2 goals and three assists while rookies Ryan Smith and Mac O’Keefe each put up three goals and one assist for four points apiece in the victory. Chris Cloutier also had four points off two goals and two assists to further help a Chaos offense that was able to get hot when they needed on Saturday.
Max Adler went 17-for-26 (65%) at the faceoff dot and Blaze Riorden made 18 saves with a 67% save percentage to anchor the Chaos’ defensive effort.
Redwoods Get Back in The Win Column
Coming into Saturday, both Redwoods LC and Waterdogs LC were coming off losses and looking to get back in the win column. Redwoods had lost back to back games against Atlas and Chaos and Waterdogs had been beaten badly by Cannons.
In a 19-16 shootout, Redwoods came out on top to snap their two-game losing streak and get back for the first time since week one. The Waterdogs offense came out firing and took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, but Redwoods were able to put it all together and force a fierce comeback to secure the victory. Redwoods outscored Waterdogs 16-9 in the final three quarters of play.
Serigo Perkovic’s eight-point (2G/ 2T/2A) led the way for the Redwoods offense in the comeback win. Ryder Garnsey (4G), Jules Heningburg (3G, 1A), Rob Pannell (1G, 3A) and Myles Jones (4A) each had four points and TD Ierlan went 24-for-33 (73%) at the faceoff dot.
Jack Kelly suited up in cage for the second half, marking his return to the field for the first time since being sidelined with an injury three years ago. Kelly made five saves with a 45% save percentage.
Current PLL Standings
Archers LC: 4-1
Whipsnakes LC: 3-2
Redwoods LC: 3-2
Atlas LC: 3-2
Chrome LC: 2-3
Chaos LC: 2-3
Waterdogs LC: 2-3
Cannons LC: 1-4