Baptiste Dominant As Atlas Holds On For Victory

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

In the last game of the Baltimore weekend, the Archers (2-2) faced Atlas (3-1).  Both the Archers and Atlas offenses are capable of fireworks.  Five of the nine leading scorers in the league (Will Manny, Tom Schreiber, Jeff Teat, Chris Gray, Matt Moore) were suited up on Saturday night under the lights at Homewood for an offensive showdown.

The goalie match-up had Adam Ghitelman in net for the Archers against Jack Concannon in net for Atlas.

Hat-tricks from Eric Law and Jeff Teat, as well as total domination on faceoffs helped Atlas squeak by the Archers 10-9.

To The Game:

The Atlas squad got on the board on their first possession when Eric Law scored 0:49 seconds in.  Ryan Ambler evened the score converting a pass from Tre Leclaire at 1:57.  Jeff Teat scored with a one handed flick shot to the top corner at 2:44, but Matt Moore evened the game up again beating Jack Concannon at 3:16.

The Archers took their first lead of the game when Jeff Trainor scored at 5:13 on a nice individual effort, and increased their lead when Connor DeSimone converted a Ryan Ambler pass at 8:13. 

Atlas got back in the game when Eric Law scored his second and third of the night. The first goal was off a Peter Dearth pass at 9:12, and then tied it up coming from behind the net, firing it past Ghitelman just 0:23 seconds later.  Matt Moore gave the Archers the lead once again at 11:21 to end the torrid paced quarter.

After one quarter, Archers 4 Atlas 4.

Second Quarter:

Atlas tied the game up to start the second quarter when John Crawley fired a Romar Dennis pass in from just inside the arc at 1:02.  Jeff Teat scored his second of the night off a deflection at 7:09 to give Atlas the lead.

At the half, Atlas 6 Archers 5.

  • Trevor Baptiste has been dominant at faceoffs for Atlas, winning 11 of 12, and Atlas winning 11 of 13 altogether.

Third Quarter:

Jeff Teat scored his third of the night to start the third quarter at 0:50 seconds with an underhand shot.  Tom Schreiber answered back for the Archers converting a Will Manny pass at 2:49, then Marcus Holman scored off a Will Manny pass at 4:29 to tie the game.

Trevor Baptiste scored immediately after winning the faceoff just 0:06 seconds later to give Atlas the lead once again, but Matt Moore scored his third of the night to tie the game up again.

Atlas once again took the lead in this see-saw affair when Peter Dearth scored on transition off a Craig Chick pass 7:00. 

After three quarters, Atlas 9 Archers 8.

Fourth Quarter:

Atlas finally opened the fourth quarter scoring at 6:12 when Dox Aitken scored unassisted.  The Archers made it very intense when Tom Schreiber scored his second of the game at 10:11 to make this just a one goal game coming down the stretch. 

Both teams had chances but came up empty as time wound down.

Final score, Atlas 10 Archers 9.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 25 to 21 in favor of Atlas
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Atlas 19-4, with Trevor Baptiste going an incredible 19 of 22.
  • The Archers went 0 for 1 on the power play, while Atlas had no opportunities.

Top Scorers:

Archers:

  • Matt Moore 3g, 0a
  • Tom Schreiber 2g, 0a
  • Ryan Ambler 1g, 1a

Atlas:

  • Jeff Teat 3g, 0a
  • Eric Law 3g, 0a
  • Peter Dearth 1g, 1a
  • Dox Aitken 1g, 1a

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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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