[Atlas]Rambo’s OT Winner Spoils Teat’s Debut as Whips Top Atlas, 12-11 in OT
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Saturday June 26th, 2021 9:00am
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Coming off of Week 2’s win over the Redwoods and heading into Friday night’s marquee matchup vs. the Whipsnakes, the clear narrative was the Atlas’ upswing. The next question in the storyline is the most difficult that could be asked: was Coach Ben Rubeor‘s team capable of knocking off the two-time defending PLL champions and ending their 11-game win streak?
By the slimmest of margins, the answer proved to be no, but the narrative of the Atlas upswing will remain strong.
With :43 remaining in the game in :10 on the shot clock, rookie debutante Jeff Teat restarted play off the end line and fed Matt Mark Cockerton on the crease for the game-tying goal. The Atlas got the ball first in overtime thanks to a Trevor Baptiste face-off win, but could not convert. At the other end of the field, a well-timed backside double-team dislodged the ball from Matt Rambo, but Whipsnakes’ attackman Jay Carlson made to play the game to ride back the ball work it to Rambo, who ended the game in overtime with a high bouncer past Jack Concannon.
Rambo led the Whips in their 12-11 OT win with three goals and two assists, while Carlson had two goals, Brad Smith and John Haus had 1 & 1 and Michael Ehrhardt had a 2-pointer. Atlas’ rookie attackman Jake Carraway had five points on two goals, a 2-point goal and an assist. Bryan Costabile and Eric Law each had three goals, and Teat had two assists. Micahel Rexrode caused a game-high four turnovers and Concannon made 16 saves, while Whipsnakes’ face-off specialist Joe Nardella won 13-of-23 face-offs.?
Coach Jim Stagnitta’s team goes to 3-0 on the year and take on the winless Chrome at 2:45 Sunday on Peacock. The Atlas fall to 1-2 and take on the 1-2 Cannons at noon in a game of two teams who seem to be better than their record.?
In all, it was another marquee night for the PLL in a sold out COVID-protocol limited Homewood Field with 4000 fans in attendance, and despite Game Seven of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals displacing the broadcast off of NBC Sports Network, the league was able to deliver to a free Peacock audience for the first time this season.
Already the 11th game of the PLL’s third season, it was also the first game covered in person by an Inside Lacrosse reporter. And while the merits of in-person viewing are awesome, I found myself spending more time talking to coaches, players and fans in the crowd than I did watching the first half of the game. And, while you might think that would lead to subpar game coverage, I don’t believe that to be so in this instance because I was able to watch most of the second half from the Cordish Center veranda with Johns Hopkins head coach Peter Milliman, who was Teat‘s head coach the last time he played a competitive game. That type of inside is incredible for understanding the game of a player whose contributions to winning are as nuanced as Teat’s.
While I wasn’t transcribing his quotes, Milliman’s initial reaction was that he thought Teat had bulked up. He attributed that to the new No. 7 staying in Ithaca, working with Big Red strength coach Tom Howley and spending a summer not playing box lacrosse and losing 10 pounds per practice. He thought that after easing his way into the game the first five minutes, Teat looked sharp for the second and third quarters — not like a player who’d played his last competitive game nearly 500 days ago. He thinks that Law is a perfect veteran attackman to be teamed with because of his style and personality, and that he’ll thrive with another rookie at attack. He said he’d be interested in how Teat would approach Sunday game after he was held without a goal, then he hit the road to New York to take part in an Iroquois Nationals tryout.
Saturday’s action begins at 5:15 with the Redwoods taking on the 0-3 Chaos in Kyle Harrison’s last game at Homewood Field.
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