Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Monday, June 13

Trevor Baptiste won 20 of 24 faceoffs in the Atlas' 16-8 win over the Cannons in Charlotte. Baptiste will be in Sparks this week for U.S. national team tryouts at USA Lacrosse HQ.


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

1. The Atlas, Chrome and Whipsnakes all improved to 2-0 with wins over the weekend as the Premier Lacrosse League staged four games in Charlotte — its first visit to the Queen City.

  • Rookie Logan Wisnauskas, the Tewaaraton Award-winning attackman out of Maryland, scored five goals to lead the Chrome to a convincing 12-3 win Friday over the listless Redwoods, who committed 22 turnovers and shot a dismal 3-for-23.

  • Will Manny scored five goals, moving into ninth place all-time in professional field lacrosse history with 390 career points, as the Archers defeated the Chaos 17-12 in Friday’s other game. Both teams are 1-1.

  • Trevor Baptiste won 20 of 24 faceoffs and rookie Chris Gray (North Carolina) had two goals and three assists as the Atlas beat the Cannons 16-8 on Saturday.

  • Week 2 ended in a thriller. Brad Smith scored in overtime to lift the Whipsnakes to a 12-11 win Saturday over the Waterdogs. Jay Carlson scored five goals and Joe Nardella won 22 of 26 faceoffs for the Whips, who erased a five-goal deficit and won despite committing 26 turnovers.

  • The Redwoods, Chaos and Waterdogs remained winless to start the season.

2. The Colorado Mammoth rallied in the second half to defeat the Buffalo Bandits 11-8 and force a decisive Game 3 in the NLL finals.

Playing without top playoff scorer Eli McLaughlin, who was placed on injured reserve just hours before the game, the Mammoth trailed 6-4 at halftime. But Zed Williams (four goals, three assists) and Dillon Ward (40 saves) took over from there.

Colorado is also without its top regular season scorer, Ryan Lee, who went on IR before the Western Conference finals.

The best-of-three series returns to Buffalo for a winner-takes-all finale next Saturday.

3. St. John’s is set to hire Michigan assistant Justin Turri as its next head coach, Inside Lacrosse’s Ty Xanders reported Sunday. With Providence reportedly tabbing Maryland assistant Bobby Benson for its vacancy, that leaves openings at Bryant, NJIT and UMass-Lowell.

4. Drexel women’s lacrosse coach Kim Hillier, placed on personal leave last month, has officially resigned from her position. The university announced the move Friday.

The Dragons won the CAA championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in Hillier’s lone season at the helm. Assistant coach Katie O’Donnell, who led the team during its playoff run, will remain on staff as interim head coach.







WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Who says fans don’t show out for pro lacrosse? Incredible atmospheres for the NLL Cup in Colorado and the PLL in Charlotte.

Lacrosse leaders in the public eye: USA Lacrosse president and CEO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and PLL president Paul Rabil on “Good Morning America.”

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • Notes from the weekends NLL and PLL action.

  • Our July/August edition cover feature on the Maryland men’s lacrosse team.

  • Lots of U.S. national team activity at USA Lacrosse HQ this week, including the U21 men’s team training camp and senior men’s team tryouts.

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