Atlas Sweeps The Opening Weekend

A match for the ages had the Whipsnakes (0-1) with a young defense and a deep midfield, against the high flying Atlas (2-0), who proved the day previous how explosive they could be offensively.

The goaltending match-up had Tim Troutner in the Atlas net facing Kyle Bernlohr in net for the Whipsnakes.

Atlas picked up where they left off scoring seven unanswered to start the game.  Maryland tried to get back in the game by the Atlas defense, and goalie Tim Troutner had all the answers.  As the first half continued, Jeff Teat heated up scoring a pair in the second.   The Whipsnakes came back with Zed Williams, a two point bomb from Garrett Leadmon, and TJ Malone to make a game of it.  At the half it was 10-5 for Atlas.

Mike Chanenchuk with two 2-point bombs, along with TJ Malone and Zed Williams, brought Maryland within two goals in the second half, but goals from Dox Aitken and Malik Sparrow preserved the 17-13 Atlas win.

To The Game:

Dox Aitken, just like yesterday, got Atlas rolling early.  Aitken opened the scoring with a blast at 0:36 just seconds, followed by Dylan Molloy with a great individual effort at 1:10.  Xander Dickson got in on the scoring at 4:09, followed by Molloy with his second of the game 0:19 seconds later.

The barrage continued with Dox Aitken scoring his second of the quarter at 4:58, followed by Trevor Baptiste straight from the draw 0:06 seconds later.  Then, Xander Dickson added his second of the quarter finishing a Jeff Teat feed at 8:19.

Mike Chanenchuk finally got the ‘Whips on the board with a howitzer off a Jackson Morrill pass at 10:24.

After one quarter, Atlas 7 Whipsnakes 1.

Second Quarter:

The onslaught continued in the second with Jeff Teat scoring a pair of goals to start the quarter.  The first was a blast to the far corner off a Myles Jones pass at 2:19, followed by Teat moving away from the net off a Dylan Molloy pass at 3:27.  Xander Dickson then scored his second of the game low to high off a Jeff Teat feed at 5:39.

Zed Williams got one back for Maryland with a high to low bouncer off a TJ Malone pass at 6:58, followed by a 2-point howitzer from Garrett Leadmon measured at 100 mph at 8:12.  TJ Malone added one that deflected off goalie Tim Troutner at 9:56, and the deficit was down to five.

At the half, Atlas 10 Whipsnakes 5.

Third Quarter:

Ronan Jacoby opened the second half with a low to high shot off a Jeff Teat pass at 1:23, followed by an absolute 2-point bomb from Koby Smith at 2:01.  Tyler Carpenter then scored his first PLL goal 0:15 seconds later.

Mike Chanenchuk answered with two 2-point Howitzers for Maryland, followed by TJ Malone adding another off a Matt Rambo feed at 7:20 to bring Maryland back in the game.

Jeff Teat converted a Xander Dickson feed with a behind the back shot at 7:34, but the Whipsnakes kept pace with TJ Malone scoring again at 10:00.

After three quarters, Atlas 15 Whipsnakes 11.

Fourth Quarter:

The Whipsnakes brought the game closer with Zed Williams blasting a Jackson Morrill pass at 0:28 seconds, followed by Roman Puglise wiring a shot low to low at 6:22 to bring them within two.

Dox Aitken gave Atlas a bit of breathing room with a goal off a Jeff Teat pass at 6:52, followed by Malik Sparrow finding the net at 9:28.

Final score, Atlas 17 Whipsnakes 13.

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The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Teat
2. TJ Malone
3. Xander Dickson

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Atlas 27-26.
  • The faceoff battle was won by Atlas 20-10.
  • The groundball battle went to Atlas 32-22
  • The Whipsnakes went 0 for 1 on the power-play, while Atlas had no opportunities.

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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.