The Cannons (1-1) faced off against Atlas (2-0) in the early game of Saturday action in the PLL.
This match-up had two powerful lineups facing each other with Asher Nolting, Jake Froccaro, Ryan Drenner, and the return of Brodie Merrill. Atlas countered with Jeff Teat, Trevor Baptiste, Chris Gray, and Bryan Costabile.
The goalie match-up had Jack Concannon in net for Atlas, facing Nick Marrocco for the Cannons.
Although the Cannons took charge early in the game jumping out to a 4-1 lead, a mighty run by Atlas which spanned almost 20 minutes broke the game wide open. Atlas got out to a 12-4 lead, enroute to a 16-8 victory. The well balanced Atlas lineup had eleven different scorers in the game.
To The Game:
Jake Richard opened the scoring for Atlas at 3:12. Christian Cuccinello scored the next two for the Cannons, first at 6:08, then at 8:21 off an Asher Nolting pass. Ryan Drenner increased the lead to 3-1 followed by Stephen Rehfuss at 10:29 and it looked like the Cannons were off to the races.
The Atlas team is so strong, and can score so quickly, that you need to be on your game at all times. Three goals inside the last thirty seconds of the quarter changed the entire game around. Chris Gray scored with just 0:25 seconds left in the quarter. Jeff Teat scored just six seconds later, followed by Trevor Baptiste, off a faceoff win, charged down and scored six seconds after that.
After one quarter, Atlas 4 Cannons 4.
Brendan Curry continued the Atlas run converting a Jeff Teat pass, off his knees, to beat Nick Marrocco at 1:28.
Koby Smith scored his first career goal in the PLL pump faking then firing it past Marrocco at 10:31, followed by Jeff Teat converting a Chris Gray pass at 11:13. Bryan Costabile potted one more with just 0:14 seconds left on the clock to end the half.
At the half, Atlas 8 Cannons 4.
Daniel Bucaro opened the third quarter scoring for Atlas at 4:25, followed by Danny Logan scoring just nine seconds later. Logan converted a Trevor Baptiste feed for the two point bomb.
Chris Gray made no mistake off a John Crawley pass at 6:59, to increase the Atlas lead to 12 – 4, with ten unanswered scores.
Jake Froccaro finally got the Cannons back on the board with a two point blast at 8:11, followed by Asher Nolting at 8:43, and Shayne Jackson at 10:28, closing the gap.
After three quarters, Atlas 12 Cannons 8.
Romar Dennis opened the fourth quarter scoring with a laser from beyond the arc fro two points.
Jeff Teat scored his third of the game off a Chris Gray pass at 6:49, followed by Eric Law with a buzzer beater to end the game.
Final score, Atlas 16 Cannons 8.
- Shots on goal were dominated by Atlas 31-18.
- Trevor Baptiste was exceptional in faceoffs in this game going 20 for 24, while Stephen Kelly had a long day for the Cannons going just 5 for 23.
- Atlas went 1 for 2 on the power play, while the Cannons went 0 for 4.
- Asher Nolting 1g, 2a
- Jake Froccaro 1g (2pt.), 1a
- Christian Cuccinello 2g, 0a
- Jeff Teat 3g, 2a
- Chris Gray 2g, 3a
- Trevor Baptiste 1g, 1a
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
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