From overtimes, big hits, crazy goals and takeaway checks, this past weekend of pro lacrosse had it all. There was only one MLL game with the Chesapeake Bayhawks defeating the New York Lizards, but there were three PLL games with two of them going to overtime and one being decided by one goal. Every weekend of pro lacrosse seems to be getting better and better. Let’s see who won the weekend and who came out on the losing end in this week’s edition of Winners and Losers.
Winners and Losers: Week 3
The Whipsnakes are the only remaining undefeated team in the PLL and they are just finding ways to win in a league in which every game has been played at playoff speed. The “Dripsnakes” have been able to with chemistry building early on this season. Ryan Drenner has scored two straight overtime winning goals and has been Mr. Clutch for the Whips so far who have offensive threats all over the field and Kyle Bernlohr has been a brick wall in net. Will the Whipsnakes stay undefeated in Week 4? If they can keep winning overtime games they will have a great chance.
Relive all of our OT wins ? pic.twitter.com/aanmroHXNB
— Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club (@PLLWhipsnakes) June 18, 2019
One of the scariest propositions of no overlap between the NLL and summer pro field lacrosse anymore is that NLL players like Lyle Thompson will be able to play full seasons in the MLL instead of the handful of games they usually can make. In two games so far this summer, Lyle has nine goals and four assists with his five goal two assist game against the New York Lizards this past weekend putting him on the Winners list for this week’s edition of Winners and Losers. Lyle is as dominant indoors in the NLL and outdoors in the MLL. Scary.
— Major League Lacrosse (@MLL_Lacrosse) June 18, 2019
The Atlas finally got their first win of the PLL season and one of the biggest reasons was the play of their goalie Jack Concannon. I sat up and exclaimed “What?!” several times during the game as Concannon was on another level keeping the Chrome shooters at bay. Connor Buczek got the spotlight with his timely goals, but Concannon was the probably the biggest difference maker in the game. The Hofstra graduate is playing lights out and will be huge for the Atlas all summer.
Concannon has made some CLUTCH stops for us today ? pic.twitter.com/hEHpc4005w
— Atlas Lacrosse Club (@PLLAtlas) June 16, 2019
Maybe the unsung hero of the flashy Chaos attack line, Byrne was in the right place at the right time as he slipped off of a pick in overtime finding himself wide open in front of the net as he buried the game winning shot. Miles Thompson and Connor Fields have been getting much of the attention with their flashy goals, but Bryne has put up nine goals so far and makes the Chaos a matchup nightmare.
Despite the loss by the Lizards, faceoff man Greg Puskuldjian went 20-32 on faceoffs and also scored two goals on fast breaks. If Puskuldjian can continue to play well the Lizards could be right back in contention if they can rattle off a couple wins.
New York Lizards
The New York Lizards have been on the other end of three incredible performances. In their first game they lost because of the amazing saves made by Dillon Ward with Ward stopping Mark Matthews on the crease several times leaving Matthews, one of the world’s best finishers, in disbelief. Then they ran into a strong Boston Cannons squad playing in their home opener at their new stadium. Then this past weekend they ran into Lyle Thompson and the Bayhawks. The Lizards have been great in all three games, but need to put a complete game together to finally get in the win column.
The Chrome are 0-3 and are the only team without a win in the PLL, but only three goals are the difference between Chrome and the Whipsnakes switching positions in the standings. Chrome has played two overtime games and lost a one goal game to Atlas. Don’t count out the Chrome just yet because they are going to win games and they still have a lot of time to make a run at the championship.
Who were your winners and losers in the MLL and PLL this past weekend?