Archers (4-1) met Waterdogs (4-1) Sunday in Dallas to determine sole possession of first place in the PLL. Archers dismantled Redwoods 10-3 before the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the defending champion Waterdogs came in on a three-game win streak. In an instant classic, Archers scored a 19-18 victory to move to 5-1 and stand alone at the top of the standings.
Archers and Waterdogs go blow for blow
The tone for this shootout was set with a first quarter that featured 15 goals combined. Waterdogs took an 8-7 lead on goals from Ryan Conrad, Kieran McArdle, Ethan Walker, Jack Hannah, two from Eli Gobrecht, and a 2-pointer from Ben Randall. Archers countered with two goals from Connor Fields, a standard and a 2-point goal from Tom Schreiber, and a 2-point goal from Tre Leclaire.
Waterdogs widened their lead to two at halftime, outscoring their opponent 5-4 in the second quarter. Walker and McArdle each scored their second. Matt Whitcher, Jake Higgins, and Jake Carraway also got in on the action. For Archers, Fields scored his third and Leclaire his second. Grant Ament and Ryan Ambler also added goals.
Steady second half lifts Archers to victory
Both teams got creative throughout the game as everyone was involved, including causing turnovers. Archers erased the halftime lead, outscoring Waterdogs 4-2 in the third quarter to tie the game at 15-15. Walker assisted Michael Sowers, and Zach Currier assisted on McArdle’s hat trick goal. Scoring for Archers in the third quarter were Matt Moore, Mike Sisselberger, and two from Mac O’Keefe.
Archers would score four of the next five goals in the final quarter, courtesy of Leclaire, O’Keefe, Schreiber and Moore. Walker scored his third of the game, followed by Thomas McConvey and Michael Sowers with his second goal. But the Waterdogs would run out of time, unable to find the equalizer.
Matt DeLuca and Brett Dobson saw a combined 63 shots in this contest. DeLuca made 12 saves, while Dobson had 14. Waterdogs caused 11 turnovers, but lost the Ground Ball battle by a surprising 55-31 margin. Sisselberger went 33 for 36 on faceoffs with 30 Ground Balls. Walker led all scorers with seven points (3g, 4a).
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