Another great weekend of lacrosse is upon us as lacrosse will once again be broadcast on the main NBC network and the quality of the games just gets better and better. The MLL and PLL are now in Week 3 of their seasons and some teams have already started to pull away, but if the St. Louis Blues going from last in January to winning the Stanley Cup has taught us anything it is to never count out a team. Maybe Chicago will be the start of a win streak for a PLL team. Let’s take a look at the games we cannot wait to watch this weekend.
Redwoods vs Chaos
Watch on NBC Sports Gold 2 pm ET
Do you like highlight reel goals? Because this game will be a 48 minute long highlight reel. Both teams boast some electric players that will be pulling up in transition looking to score 2 pointers, throw behind the back passes and shots, and do everything with a little bit of flair. Despite their differing play styles these two teams have produced some of the best highlights so far in the PLL season. These two teams also both have a 1-1 record so this will be a big game to build momentum off of. Expect plays like this Josh Sexton can opener to 2 point shot all game.
THE YARD SALE 😩 pic.twitter.com/uYKH5H0taK
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) June 8, 2019
Whipsnakes vs Archers
Watch on NBC Sports Network 5 pm ET
The two unbeaten teams left in the PLL will play for the top spot as they have been able to pull out wins in crunch time. The Whipsnakes are a Maryland Alumni heavy team and have had great chemistry so far as that base has allowed them to succeed early on. The Archers fit their name well as they are a group of players with precision passing and execution all over the field. Expect this game to go down to the wire and potentially overtime as both these teams won their first two games by 1 goal. Tom Schreiber has been crucial for the Archers so far this season.
"At the end of the day, it's not about the individual it's about those who have sacrificed for you over the years."
— Premier Lacrosse League (@PremierLacrosse) June 12, 2019
Chesapeake Bayhawks vs New York Lizards
Watch on ESPN+ at 7 pm ET
In the only MLL game this weekend, Lyle Thompson and Rob Pannell, two of the greatest attackmen in recent college, professional, and international lacrosse history, will put on a show on their respective sides of the field. What more could you ask for in a professional lacrosse game? The Lizards are still looking for their first win, but must have an answer for Chespeake’s dangerous offense. Two of the MLL’s most storied franchises will meet for what should be a battle to the end. Watch out for Lyle Thompson doing Lyle Thompson things against the Lizards.
.@lyle4thompson is back putting guys on ice skates…
— Travis Eldridge (@tgeldrid) June 2, 2019
Chrome vs Atlas
Watch on NBC 2:30 pm ET
No matter what happens in this game one of these teams will get their first win. Despite valiant efforts in the first two weeks, both teams came up short in their first two games. The Chrome have fallen in overtime twice, but have looked great thanks to the play of goalie John Galloway and the large group of Duke alumni as well as rookies like Max Tuttle almost scoring at will. The Atlas on paper have a tremendously talented group, but they just have not been able to put it all together. With more communication and less uncaused errors, one of these teams will be celebrating their first win on national television.
Every given week for most of this summer there are dozens of high level lacrosse games being played unbeknownst to most American lacrosse fans. All over Canada there are Junior and Senior level lacrosse games that are arguably more physical, dramatic, and exciting than some MLL and PLL games will be this summer. Unfortunately, there are very few options to watch these games, but I will try and feature one or two each week that are free to watch for any fans interested in what Canadian box lacrosse is all about. This week JVI Sports Network will stream a great Senior B game on Youtube.
Oakville Titans vs Ennismore James Gang
Watch on JVI Sports Network at 7 pm ET
Great players on both sides will face off the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre as Oakville tries to keep its 1st place position against a gritty Ennismore squad. Both rosters boast players who are looking to play in the next NLL season. The stream will be live at 7 pm.
What games are you excited to watch this weekend?