Atlas Makes Statement Driving Towards Playoffs

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Archers (4-3) played Atlas (5-2) in a battle for second place in the Premier Lacrosse League standings.

The Archers had won four of their last five, with their only loss coming against Atlas (10-9) in Week 4.  Atlas had won two of their last three, but dropped a 16-15 game to the Redwoods last week. 

The goalie battle had Jack Concannon in net for Atlas against Adam Ghitelman in net for the Archers.

Four of the top six scorers were in this game, so you knew there were a lot of goals going to be scored.  Having Trevor Baptiste back in the lineup paid big dividends for Atlas as he was 16 for 25 in faceoffs.  Jeff Teat (2g,4a), Dox Aitken (4g,0a), and Chris Gray (2g,1a) led the Atlas attack enroute to a 14-9 victory.  Marcus Holman (3g,1a), Grant Ament (1g,2a), and Tom Schreiber (2g,0a) led the way for the Archers.

To The Game:

Atlas got off to quick start when Dox Aitken scored in close off a Jeff Teat pass at 0:51 seconds.  The Bulls increased their lead when Chris Gray with a great individual effort fired a beauty off the far post at 4:13.

Dox Aitken made the score 3-0 off another beautiful feed from Jeff Teat at 5:57. 

The Archers stormed back with three straight goals themselves.  Connor Fields fired a laser just inside the arc at 7:23, followed by Tom Schreiber coming from behind the net throwing a twister five hole on Jack Concannon at 9:12.  Marcus Holman picked up a rebound and fired behind the back into the net at 10:44 to tie the game.

After one quarter, Atlas 3 Archers 3.

Second Quarter:

The Atlas squad put together another three goal flurry with Bryan Costabile scoring top shelf at 4:27, followed by Jeff Teat with his league leading 17th goal falling to his knees at 7:27.

Chris Gray scored just 0:22 seconds later off a Teat pass giving Atlas a 6-3 lead.

The Archers came back when Grant Ament scored his first goal of the season, firing a howitzer from just inside the arc at 9:17 off a Marcus Holman feed, followed by Matt Moore with a great individual effort to score at 11:45.

At the half, Atlas 6 Archers 5.

Third Quarter:

Daniel Bucaro opened the third quarter scoring for Atlas at 0:34 seconds, but was answered by a blast by Marcus Holman off a Will Manny pass at 3:58.

Cade van Raaphorst added a two point goal for Atlas off a Jeff Teat feed at 4:19, followed by Teat with his second of the game 0:29 seconds later. 

The Archers came back strong with two goals.  Marcus Holman scored his third of the game off a Grant Ament pass at 5:09, followed by Ryan Ambler scoring at 6:26. 

After three quarters, Atlas 10 Archers 8.

Fourth Quarter:

Tom Schreiber brought the Archers within one when he blasted one from just inside the arc off a Grant Ament pass at 0:41 seconds.

Atlas took over the rest of the quarter scoring four times.  Eric Law converted a Chris Gray pass at 4:12, followed by two from Dox Aitken.   The first goal was on an Eric Law feed at 10:27, followed by his second in a row just 0:29 seconds later.

Romar Dennis scored the final goal for Atlas off an Eric Law pass at 11:35 to end the game.

Final score, Atlas 14 Archers 9.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 26-22 in favor of the Archers.
  • Faceoffs were 17-9 in favor of Atlas.
  • Atlas went 0 for 1 on the power play, while the Archers went 1 for 5.
  • Jack Concannon made 14 saves for Atlas, while Adam Ghitelman made 8 saves for the Archers.

Top Scorers:

Archers:

  • Marcus Holman 3g, 1a
  • Grant Ament 1g, 2a
  • Tom Schreiber 2g, 0a

Atlas:

  • Jeff Teat 2g, 4a
  • Dox Aitken 4g, 0a
  • Eric Law 1g, 3a

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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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).

Mr. Groob 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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