Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Monday, June 28

Jeff Teat made his pro lacrosse debut this weekend, scoring seven goals Sunday in the Atlas' 18-17 win over the Cannons at Homewood Field. (PLL)


Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. The Premier Lacrosse League’s highly anticipated return to Homewood Field in Baltimore did not disappoint. Synthesizing the five-game slate:

  • Jeff Teat made his pro lacrosse debut. It had been 474 days since the former Cornell star last played. After a quiet showing Friday, he exploded for seven goals and two assists Sunday in the Atlas’ 18-17 win over the Cannons.

  • Kyle Harrison said goodbye to Homewood. The 17-year veteran out of Johns Hopkins is playing his last season and received a warm welcome before the Redwoods’ game Saturday against the Chaos — who spoiled K18’s homecoming by outscoring the Woods 4-0 in the fourth quarter, including Mac O’Keefe’s go-ahead 2-point goal in an 11-9 win.

  • After the Whipsnakes defeated the Atlas 12-11 on Matt Rambo’s goal in overtime Friday, their 11-game winning streak dating back to 2019 came to a surprising halt Sunday. The previously winless Chrome scored six first-quarter goals and rode a 21-save performance by veteran goalie John Galloway to a 16-6 victory. Rookie Jackson Morrill (Yale/Denver) led the offense with four goals and two assists.

  • The Archers look rather unstoppable. They defeated the Waterdogs 17-8 on Saturday and are the PLL’s last unbeaten team. While five teams have negative scoring differentials and the other two are barely north of zero, the Archers have outscored their three opponents by a combined 25 goals. Goalie Adam Ghitelman contributed on both sides of the differential, launching a casual full-field 2-point goal on an empty net as time expired.

2. The U.S. U21 men’s national team returned to the field for the first time in 17 months for a training weekend at USA Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

Matt Hamilton and Nelson Rice reported from training sessions Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There were also teambuilding activities, such as attending the PLL games Saturday and completing a ropes course at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton, Md., on Sunday. There will be a final training session this morning at Tierney Field.

3. Jill Batcheller was named the new head coach of the Villanova women’s lacrosse team Saturday. A Philadelphia-area native, Batcheller spent the last three seasons at nearby Drexel, leading the Dragons to the best season in program history this spring.

4. Noelle Lambert has qualified to compete in the 100-meter dash at the Paralympics in Tokyo later this summer. The former UMass Lowell lacrosse player who lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016 took first place at U.S. Paralympic Track and Field trials in the T63 category — a classification based on the athletes’ level of impairment that featured above-knee amputees. 

5. Every stick has a story. Redwoods defenseman John Sexton’s traditional leather pocket tells of the Japanese immigrant turned beloved Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) trainer whose mentorship helped shape his career, a must-read by Nelson Rice.







WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

In case you forgot because Princeton didn’t play this year, Alex Slusher is still a super slick finisher.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • Jack Goods’ weekly PLL notebook.

  • No rest for the weary. After the U.S. U21 men’s team training camp wraps up this morning, USA Lacrosse welcomes back the U.S. senior women’s team, with 36 players reporting for a three-day training camp that starts tomorrow.

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