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What We’re Watching: MLL and PLL Week 4

Four weeks into the MLL and PLL seasons and it feels like teams are already playing at playoff pace. With so many good teams and players trying to keep their spots, they are leaving it all out on the field to try and help their teams win. It is awesome to watch as a lacrosse fan. This week, we have a battle of southern teams and a rematch of New York vs Boston in the MLL as well as a trio of PLL games that will be played at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Things are really heating up in both leagues as these are the games we cannot wait to watch this weekend.

Friday 6/21

Dallas Rattlers vs Atlanta Blaze
Watch on WatchStadium.com at 8 pm ET

In the first meeting of the season for the two southern MLL teams, Dallas is still looking for its first win on the season which will be a tall task against a high scoring Blaze team. Randy Staats and Shayne Jackson have been almost unstoppable for the Blaze so far and with Alex Woodall winning faceoffs they are getting lots of chances to work their magic. Dallas still needs to find their identity with a young roster that has the potential to turn into solid team this season.

Saturday 6/22

New York Lizards vs Boston Cannons
Watch on ESPN+ or NBC Sports Boston (if you are located near Boston) at 5 pm ET

The Lizards and Cannons meet for the second time in this young MLL season in what should be another close and heated contest. With three games under their belt without a win, the Lizards will be coming into this game looking to prove that they are better than their record shows. Boston has been fantastic early on with Mark Cockerton, Kyle Jackson, and others coming into their own on offense as well as Nick Marrocco anchoring the stout Cannons defense. The Cannons had a sellout crowd at their last home game and it will be huge for the team and the MLL if they can replicate that all season. The Cannons are doing great things at their new field in Quincy, MA.

Redwoods vs Chrome
Watch on NBC Sports Network at 1 pm ET

Both teams are coming off of loses and have made some lineup changes, but Chrome is due for a win after three weeks of clawing and battling without any payoff. They seem to make mistakes at the worst times with some costly turnovers happening in the 4th Quarter and in Overtime. With such a talented group they will definitely clean things up. It will not be easy though against the Redwoods who will be physical and relentless on offense. The Redwoods also got into a bit of a scrap in their game against the Chaos, which made the rounds on national social media, so do not expect them to back down from anything the Chrome throw at them.

Atlas vs Whipsnakes
Watch on NBC Sports Gold at 7:30 pm

The hottest team in professional field lacrosse is undoubtedly the Whipsnakes. With three overtime wins in a row this team has gained some early chemistry and will look to carry that momentum into Baltimore. Players like Ryan Drenner, Mike Chanenchuk, and Kyle Bernlohr have been outstanding so far for the Whips. The Atlas finally got their first win last weekend and looked much improved thanks to the play of Jack Concannon in net, Trevor Baptiste on faceoffs, and the offense stepping up their game. This game will also have a Johns Hopkins vs Maryland flavor to it as many players on the Atlas went to Hopkins and many on the Whipsnakes went to Maryland. These players will meet again on Homewood Field so expect this game to be a battle for bragging rights.

Sunday 6/23

Chaos vs Archers
Watch on NBC Sports Gold at 3:30 pm

Two of the flashiest and deadly offenses we have seen so far this PLL season will finally go up against each other in what should be a good old fashioned shootout. The Chaos and Archers have similar styles of play with some slight nuances that favor their player personnel. The Chaos are free flowing, creative, and play with a no fear in your face attitude. The Archers are more about precision passing, two man games up top, and going hard to the net. The Archers offense goes through Tom Schreiber and Chaos’ goes through Connor Fields who both make everyone around them better. I would not be surprised to find a play or two from this game on Sportscenter Top 10 the next day.

Which game are you most excited for this weekend?

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