Whipsnakes Dominate In Win Over Atlas

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

The Whipsnakes (8-1) took on Atlas (5-4) in Friday night Premier Lacrosse League action. 

This was billed as the best offense vs. the best defense in the league. While the Whipsnakes kept Atlas relatively in check last time around, you still had to respect Atlas’ ability to score in a hurry. Concannon’s doorstep saves could limit some momentum shifting opportunities from the ‘Whips who score more frequently on the doorstep than any other team in the PLL. Atlas is a more well-rounded team in transition. If they can speed this game up they could shake up Whipsnakes’ usual groove.

Jack Concannon (Atlas goalie) was a brick wall in the first game against Whipsnakes and the Whips still found a way to come back. Part of that was because of the Whips own goalie, Kyle Bernlohr.  Bernlohr stood on his head the last time these two teams played with a 72% save percentage.

The Whipsnakes absolutely dominated the first half leading 12-1. Matt Rambo, Zed Williams, Brad Smith, Mike Chanenchuk, and Jay Carlson led the way offensively.  Atlas never got going in this game despite Trevor Baptiste coming out ahead in the faceoff battle with Joey Nardella.  The Whipsnakes took this game convincingly 16-8.

To The Game:

A first quarter completely dominated by the Whipsnakes had Zed Williams open the scoring firing a shot past Concannon at 1:36, followed by Matt Rambo scoring at 6:56.  Jake Bernhardt finished off a Zed Williams feed at 8:47, followed by Rambo with his second of the game off a Connor Kirst pass at 10:26. 

Mike Chanenchuk added to the lead off a Zed Williams pass at 11:17, followed by Jay Carlson scoring with just 0:08 seconds remaining in the quarter.

After one quarter, Whipsnakes 6 Atlas 0.

Second Quarter:

Trevor Baptiste opened the scoring for Atlas just 0:18 seconds into the quarter off a Jeff Teat feed.  Atlas would then be silenced for the remainder of the quarter.

The Whipsnakes continued the onslaught with Brad Smith scoring at 1:55, followed by Jackson Reid beating Concannon at 3:45.  Brad Smith then scored his second of the quarter at 5:08, followed by a blast from Matt Rambo, scoring his third of the game 0:28 seconds later.

Jay Carlson continued the ‘Whips attack converting a Keegan Khan pass at 6:38, followed by Joey Nardella scoring off a Matt Rambo pass just 0:14 seconds later.

At the half, Whipsnakes 12 Atlas 1.

Third Quarter:

Atlas finally showed some life in the third quarter with Eric Law converting a Jeff Teat pass at 5:15, followed by Romar Dennis scoring at 8:41.  Bryan Costabile then potted one at 9:19 to bring the score to 12-4. 

Matt Rambo scored his fourth of the night at 11:00 to end the third quarter scoring.

After three quarters, Whipsnakes 13 Atlas 4.

Fourth Quarter:

Chris Gray opened the scoring for Atlas at 1:15.

Mike Chanenchuk scored on the power play off a Matt Rambo feed at 2:40.  Zed Williams continued the Atlas pounding scoring two more for the Whipsnakes.  First Williams blasted a shot past Jack Concannon at 4:20, followed by his third of the game at 8:02.

Danny Logan of Atlas fired a laser from beyond the arc for a 2-pt. goal at 9:35, followed by Jeff Teat converting an Eric Law feed at 9:58.

Final score, Whipsnakes 16 Atlas 8.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored the Whipsnakes 33-26.
  • Trevor Baptiste won the faceoff battle against Joey Nardella 18-9.
  • Atlas went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Whipsnakes went 1 for 3 on the power play.

Top Scorers:

Atlas:

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

Whipsnakes:

  • Matt Rambo 4g, 3a
  • Zed Williams 3g, 2a
  • Jay Carlson 2g, 2a
  • Mike Chanenchuk 2g, 2a

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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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