Kelly’s Massive Second Half Gives Waterdogs The Victory

In the opening game of this week’s PLL schedule, the Waterdogs (2-1) faced Atlas (1-2) in a battle taking place in Columbus, Ohio.

The goalie match-up had Jack Concannon in net for Atlas facing Dillon Ward in net for the Waterdogs.

Atlas jumped out to a 6-0 lead seconds into the second quarter, chasing Dillon Ward from the Waterdogs net.  Although the Waterdogs mounted a comeback, Atlas was in control of the game most of the day. 

Connor Kelly (3g, 3 2-pt g, 0a) put the Waterdogs on his back having a memorable second half.  With less than a minute left, a 2 point goal from Kelly, followed by a single with 10 seconds left snatched victory from the jaw’s of defeat.

To The Game:

The first quarter was all Atlas! 

Marc O’Rourke opened the scoring for Atlas converting a Jeff Teat feed with a bank off the far post at 2:20, followed by Bryan Costabile with a blast at 4:37. 

Chris Gray added to the Atlas lead with a beautiful individual effort at 6:14, followed by Eric Law finishing a Bryan Costabile feed from in close at 9:46.

Chris Gray continued the Atlas onslaught converting a Xavier Dickson pass 0:14 seconds later.

After one quarter, Atlas 5 Waterdogs 0

Second Quarter:

Atlas continued to roll with Danny Logan converting an Eric Law pass at 0:38 seconds.

At this point Dillon Ward was replaced in the Waterdogs net with Matt DeLuca.

Zach Currier finally got the Waterdogs on the board firing a shot past Jack Concannon at 3:29, but was answered by a 2 point goal from beyond the arc by Chris Gray who was able to convert a Jeff Teat feed at 4:21.

Michael Sowers scored off a Jeff Connor pass at 5:49, followed by Jake Carraway converting a Zach Currier feed at 6:16.

Xander Dickson scored off a give and go with Jeff Teat beating DeLuca with a shovel shot at 9:11.

The Waterdogs made a push before halftime scoring twice.  Connor Kelly fired a laser at 10:09, followed by Kieran McArdle scoring with just 0:03 seconds left in the half.

At the half, Atlas 9 Waterdogs 5.

Third Quarter:

Jeff Teat opened the scoring just 0:17 seconds into the quarter, followed by Bryan Costabile with his second of the game 0:12 seconds after that.  Xander Dickson converted a Jeff Teat feed at 1:29 to increase the lead to 12-5.

Ethan Walker scored for the ‘Dogs, but was promptly answered by Eric Law converting a Bryan Costabile pass at 5:39. 

The Waterdogs mounted a comeback with Kieran McArdle and Charlie Hayes scoring, but Peter Dearth answered for Atlas at 8:13. 

Connor Kelly brought the game within three goals with a 2 point blast from beyond the arc at 9:15, but a power-play goal from Romar Dennis at 10:11 gave a bit more breathing room.

Connor Kelly scored again for the Waterdogs with 1:13 left, but was answered by Chris Gray at 11:20 to keep the four goal lead.

After three quarters, Atlas 15 Waterdogs 11.

Fourth Quarter:

Connor Kelly continued his hot hand with a 2 point blast to the top corner to open the fourth quarter at 1:03, followed by Jeff Connor scoring with just 0:03 seconds left on the shot clock to bring the game within one goal.

A huge save from Jack Concannon stopping Michael Sowers from tying the game, led to Atlas storming down the field and scoring two.  Eric Law scored off a Xander Dickson pass at 4:59, followed by Trevor Baptiste scoring directly from the faceoff 0:08 seconds later.

Matt Whitcher came down in transition and scored for the ‘Dogs at 7:53, followed by Ethan Walker scoring late in the shot clock off a Zach Currier feed at 8:45. 

Romar Dennis unleashed a laser from just inside the arc at 10:06 gave Atlas a two goal lead.

Connor Kelly scored his third 2 point goal of the night with a howitzer with just 0:58 seconds left to tie the game.  Kelly continued his heroics scoring in transition with just 0:10 seconds left in the game to give the Waterdogs their first lead of the night, and more importantly the win.

Final score, Waterdogs 19 Atlas 18.

The Three Stars:

1. Connor Kelly
2. Chris Gray
3. Trevor Baptiste

Game Stats:

  • Trevor Baptiste set a record in this game winning 31 of 36 faceoffs – the most won facoeffs in PLL history.
  • Shots on goal favored Atlas 33-27.
  • Atlas won the ground ball battle 51-20.
  • Waterdogs went 0 for 2 on the power-play, while Atlas went 1 for 1.

Top Scorers:

Waterdogs:

  • Connor Kelly 3g, 3 2-pt. g, 0a
  • Zach Currier 1g, 3a
  • Michael Sowers 1g, 2a

Atlas:

  • Chris Gray 3g, 1 2-pt. g, 1a
  • Xander Dickson 2g, 3a
  • Jeff Teat 1g, 4a

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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).

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