The Philadelphia Waterdogs Get Their First W Of 2024

The Philadelphia Waterdogs got their first win of the season with a much needed 10-6 victory over the Carolina Chaos to close out Week 4 of the PLL in Minneapolis. For new head coach Bill Tierney, it’s his first win as head coach of a pro lacrosse team after decades of wins in the college ranks. However, the first half wasn’t easy as both teams brought a lot of defensive plays to the table.

Going tit-for-tat when it came to scoring goals, Carolina would strike first on the scoreboard with attackman Josh Byrne picking up a rebound and finding Jules Heningburg open for a goal. Halfway through the first quarter, Kieran McArdle ran into a double team, but made a nice pass to Connor Kelly who would score in transition. Back and forth action from both teams resulted in a 3-3 tie after the first half.

Waterdogs and Chaos Exchanging Blows

Both teams continued to exchange blows, getting creative with their high-powered offenses. McArdle was the Waterdogs’ most productive player with 2 goals and 3 assists. He would kick off the 3rd quarter taking a quick pass from Michael Sowers, and with little spacing, firing a rocket at the net. Philly were picking their shots and looking for the mismatches. Jack Hannah chipped in with a pair of solo goals, beating the one-on-one coverage on his second goal. Connor Kelly also recorded two goals on the day for the Philadelphia Waterdogs. Meanwhile, Carolina did a great job themselves of spreading the ball around. Brian Minicus kept the Chaos in this game until late with a pair of goals. The 3rd quarter would end with the Waterdogs holding a slim 7-6 lead.

Good Goaltending Wins Games

As good as the Philly offense looked tonight, their defense made the magic happen. Credit to Dillon Ward in the Waterdogs net, stopping 12 out of 18 shots and holding a potent Carolina Chaos offense under double digit goals. The defense had eight Caused Turnovers, and won the Ground Ball battle 36-24. Can they bring this same energy up to Boston in Week 5, when they have a chance to spoil the the Cannons’ Homecoming Weekend?

Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.