Chaos Reigned Supreme With A Huge Third Quarter To Beat Atlas

The struggling Atlas (1-4) faced Chaos (3-2) in the last game of the Premier Lacrosse League weekend in Fairfield, CT.

With a team that has Jeff Teat, Trevor Baptiste, Eric Law and Chris Gray, it’s only a matter of time before Atlas rights the ship.

Chaos will test Atlas with a relentless offensive prowess.  Josh Byrne, Dhane Smith, Chase Fraser, and Chris Cloutier all play Box together in Buffalo, and take that chemistry into every game they play.

The goaltending match-up had Drake Porter in net for Atlas facing Blaze Riorden in net for Chaos.

Once again Atlas put in three solid quarters, but the one they didn’t play well, cost them the game.

Chaos outscored Atlas 7-1 in the third quarter changing the entire complexion of the game winning 15-11.

To The Game:

Atlas got on the board first with Chris Gray beating Blaze Riorden at 3:57, but Kyle Jackson answered him for Chaos at 5:45 using his defender as a screen.

Jeff Teat gave Atlas the lead once more converting a Chris Gray feed at 9:20, but two from Chaos had Atlas trailing after one.  Brian Minicus scored on a beautiful individual effort at 9:19, followed by C.J. Costabile scoring from his knees at 11:22.

After one quarter, Chaos 3 Atlas 2.

Second Quarter:

Brian Minicus scored his second of the game off a Dhane Smith feed at 0:46 seconds, but Danny Logan answered for Atlas off a Xander Dickson pass at 1:13. 

Eric Law tied the game up for Atlas at 2:39, but Chaos got back on top with a goal by Dhane Smith converting a Brian Minicus pass at 4:21.  Marc O’Rourke tied the game once more on the power-play at 5:28, but again Chaos answered with Ryan Smith blasting a shot in at 9:29. 

Two goals from Eric Law had Atlas lead at halftime.  His first was off a Jeff Teat pass at 11:40, followed by Law converting a Chet Comizio pass 0:08 seconds later.

At the half, Atlas 7 Chaos 6.

Third Quarter:

This quarter was all Chaos, from start to finish.  Zach Geddes scored his first ever PLL goal converting a pass from Blaze Riorden at 0:21 seconds to tie the game.

Ian MacKay finished a Glicini feed at 1:19, followed by Tye Kurtz converting a Josh Byrne feed at 3:30. 

Chris Gray brought Atlas within one goal at 5:07, but Brian Minicus’ third goal erased that.  Tye Kurtz then scored his second of the day off a Dhane Smith pass at 6:49, followed by Josh Byrne with a blast at 10:07.

Ryan Smith added one more for Chaos taking a commanding five goal lead to the fourth quarter.

After three quarters, Chaos 13 Atlas 7.

Fourth Quarter:

Bryan Costabile got Atlas on the board with a blast at 3:05, but Josh Byrne answered for Chaos converting a Zach Geddes pass at 4:25.  Michael Rexroode then scored for Atlas 0:09 seconds later, but Kyle Jackson answered him at 6:14 restoring the five goal lead.

Trevor Baptiste added one more for Atlas, but the Atlas struggles continued on this day.

Final score, Chaos 15 Atlas 11.

The Three Stars:

1. Brian Minicus
2. Josh Byrne
3. Eric Law

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were tied 27-27.
  • Faceoffs were dominated by Atlas 23-7.
  • Atlas controlled ground balls 47-21.
  • Atlas was 1 for 2 on the power-play, while Chaos didn’t get an opportunity in this game.

Top Scorers:

Atlas:

  • Eric Law 3g, 0a
  • Chris Gray 2g
  • , Jeff Teat 1g, 2a

Chaos:

  • Brian Minicus 3g, 2a
  • Dhane Smith 1g, 3a
  • Josh Byrne 2g, 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 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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