This week on the Going Offsides podcast, the guys recap championship weekend, talk about Tewaaraton candidates, and preview this weekend’s PLL matchups.
CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP, TEWAARATON TALK, PLL PREVIEW
With the 2021 college season in the books, we broke down each of the games on the men’s side. As we all know by now, the DI final between Maryland and Virginia was a perfect way to cap off the season. Maryland drew blood early, but Virginia was able to punch back and hold on until the bitter end on an amazing and timely Alex Rode save.
“Alex Rode is the best big-game goalie since Jesse Schwartzman.”Ryan Kuhn
The DII title game featured a relative newcomer in Lenoir-Rhyne and a perennial power in Le Moyne. The game was tied at half, but Le Moyne made some defensive adjustments that kept LR to only one second-half goal. Ultimately, Le Moyne was able to win, 12-6.
The DIII championship contest is often overlooked but was the best game in the past few years in my opinion. An RIT last-second goal forced overtime before an unlikely score won the program its first-ever national championship.
On the women’s side, we believe that Charlotte North is as big of a Tewaaraton lock as there ever has been. She is a generational talent who impacts nearly every aspect of the game.
On the men’s side, we believe Jared Bernhardt to be a lock, although we don’t expect it to be unanimous. Why not? There will be some bias against Bernhardt for playing what critics perceive to be a weaker schedule, or possibly because he won’t play professional lacrosse right away, but there’s no reason to think he won’t win it outright.
Predicting next year on the men’s side, we believe it’s a three-horse race between Chris Gray, Pat Kavanaugh, and recent champion Connor Shellenberger.
To learn more about where and when to watch the Tewaaraton ceremony, visit here.
You’ll have to listen to the pod to hear why we’ve made the choices below, but one thing is for sure: we’re extremely excited to have the PLL back and look forward to seeing all of the new faces (college/MLL) and the Cannons LC.
Week 1 Games:
🥍 Cannons LC vs. Redwoods LC
Friday, June 4 ⋅ 7:00 – 9:00pm (EDT)
Saturday, June 5 ⋅ 5:00 – 7:00pm (EDT)
Saturday, June 5 ⋅ 7:45 – 9:45pm (EDT)
Sunday, June 6 ⋅ 1:00 – 3:00pm (EDT)
Nick’s Picks: Cannons, Whips, Archers, Waterdogs, Chrome
Ryan’s Picks: Cannons, Whips, Archers, Cannons, Redwoods