Atlas Defeat Whipsnakes In Dramatic Fashion

In a week two battle the Whipsnakes (0-2) took on Atlas (1-1).  Both teams lost one goal heart-breakers in week one.  The Whipsnakes, who are primarily Maryland graduates, had never lost to Atlas.  Jeff Teat and his group were hoping to alter those numbers with a good showing in this affair.

The goalie match-up had Jack Concannon in net for Atlas against Kyle Bernlohr in net for the Whipsnakes.

This game was just as it was billed, hard hitting with highlight reel goals all afternoon.  The Whipsnakes and Atlas went toe to toe most of the first half, with each team scoring breath taking goals en route to a 9-8 Whipsnakes lead.  One of the things Atlss needed to clean up was penalties.  Twice in the first half were they assesed 2 minute non-releasable penalties for cross checks to the head.

In the Second half Atlas dominated play in the third, moving to a two goal lead themselves, but the fourth had the ‘Whips tie it with just over 8:00 to go.  The action went end to end the rest of the quarter with neither team able to find the back of the net.  With under 0:30 seconds left off a timeout, Atlas was able to execute their plan to perfection with Chris Gray scoring the winning goal with just 0:17.5 seconds left.  Atlas win 12-11.

To The Game:

Atlas opened the scoring with Jeff Teat able to catch Brendan Curry who beat Kyle Bernlohr with a blast at 3:15, followed by a power-play marker by Teat himself off a skip pass from Chris Gray at 4:02. 

Zed Williams got one back for the Whipsnakes, with a blast from just inside the arc 0:28 seconds later.  Bryan Costabile was able to convert a Romar Dennis feed from in front of the net to increase the Atlas lead to two goals once again at 5:28, but Matt Rambo scored with a beautiful individual effort off a Will Manny pass coming from behind the net, scoring to the far side at 6:01.

Mike Chanenchuk was able to find Will Manny on the power-play at 8:31, followed by Zed Williams with a bounce shot at 9:12 to give the ‘Whips the lead.  With just seconds left in the shot clock Romar Dennis unleashed a howitzer beating Kyle Bernlohr for a 2 point goal to regain the Atlas lead at 10:22, but not to be outdone, Tucker Dordevic converted a Mike Chanenchuk feed from beyond the arc at 11:19 on the power-play.  Jeff Teat on the run was able to fire a shot to the top corner to tie the game at 11:51.

After one quarter, Atlas 6 Whipsnakes 6.

Second Quarter:

Tucker Dordevic opened the second quarter scoring with a blast at 3:46, followed by Matt Rambo’s second of the game escaping a double team at 4:44. 

Eric Law was able to catch Jeff Teat on the move with a pass.  In the blink of an eye Teat was able to catch and re-release a shot through the five-hole of Bernlohr at 8:49.

On a two minute penalty to Romar Dennis, Tucker Dordevic scored his third of the game with a laser just inside the arc, off a Matt Rambo feed at 9:45.  With just 0:09 seconds left in the half Bryan Costabile fired a frozen rope to the top corner to bring the game within one goal.

At the half, Whipsnakes 9 Atlas 8.

Third Quarter:

Atlas got on the board tying the game with a beautiful individual effort by Brendan Curry at 2:18, followed by Eric Law finishing off a Xander Dickson rebound that bounced through the goal crease at 8:10.  Brendan Curry scored his third of the game with a swim-dodge-back, then firing a laser at 8:57. 

After three quarters, Atlas 11 Whipsnakes 9.

Fourth Quarter:

After over 16:00 of being held off the board, the Whipsnakes were finally able to solve Jack Concannon with Matt Rambo scoring twice.  The first goal was to the shortside at 1:39, then with a cyclone move, tied the game at 3:28. 

Atlas had missed their last 11 shots, but with 0:17.5 seconds left, they made the one that mattered.  Chris Gray came from behind the net, turned and fired to the top corner to win the game.

Final score, Atlas 12 Whipsnakes 11.

The Three Stars:

1. Chris Gray
2.  Jeff Teat
3. Matt Rambo

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Atlas 29-23.
  • The faceoff battle was won by Atlas 15-10.
  • Atlas won the ground ball battle 33-24.
  • Atlas went 1 for 1 on the power-play, while the Whipsnakes went 4 for 7.

Top Scorers:

Whipsnakes:

  • Matt Rambo 4g, 1a
  • Tucker Dordevic 2g, 1 2-pt. g, 0a
  • Zed Williams 2g, 0a

Atlas:

  • Jeff Teat 3g, 2a
  • Brendan Curry 3g, 0a
  • Romar Dennis 1g, 1 2-pt. g, 0a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

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.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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