What We’re Watching: MLL Week 11 and PLL Week 9

Oh Canada! Professional field lacrosse will be played internationally for the first time since the Hamilton Nationals were in the MLL six years ago as the PLL will make its way to Hamilton, Ontario to play some potentially playoff clinching games. With several players in the PLL hailing from the Great White North there should be some great cheering sections at every game. You can read about all of the PLL clinching scenarios here:

https://www.premierlacrosseleague.com/article/week9clinchingscenarios

The MLL games this weekend also have some serious playoff implications with 4 teams all within one game of each other in the standings and the top seeds still up for grabs. It should be another exciting weekend of pro lacrosse. Here are the games we will be watching this weekend.

Saturday 8/17

Chaos (6-2) vs Archers (4-4)
Watch on NBC Sports Network at 12:30 pm ET

The Chaos were the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the PLL and could take it easy for the last two games of the season, but I have a feeling they are going to play even harder to win the regular season title. While the Chaos can go on cruise control, the Archers need to win this game to give themselves a huge boost for their playoff chances. These are two teams loaded with offensive talent so the real stars of this game will need to be the defensemen and goalie for one of these teams to escape with a W. Fans old and new everywhere need to tune into NBC Sports Network for this one.

Will Connor Fields make another Sportscenter Top 10 play this weekend?

Chrome (2-6) vs Atlas (3-5)
Watch on NBC Sports Gold at 3:30 pm ET

The Chrome are clawing their way back into playoff contention with a win last week, but they will need some serious help to have a chance at the postseason. Standing in their way is an Atlas team that is just as desperate. PLL Co-Founder Paul Rabil will definitely be playing his heart out to give the Atlas a chance at playing for the first ever PLL Championship. The next two games for both teams are must wins or else their playoff hopes will be crushed.

Atlanta Blaze (6-5) vs New York Lizards (3-8)
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 7 pm ET

The Atlanta Blaze just keep getting scarier and scarier on offense every game. Four of the top ten scorers in the league are on the Blaze roster: Shayne Jackson, Tom Palasek, Bryan Cole, and Randy Staats. The addition of Mark Matthews to the Blaze has given them an elite passer to feed all of these goal scorers. Against the New York Lizards the Blaze have another chance to have a dominant performance, but don’t count out the Lizards as Rob Pannell and company are not ready to back down. They still have time to turn their season around and it could start against the Blaze.

Mark Matthews’ passing is on another level.

Boston Cannons (6-4) vs Chesapeake Bayhawks (7-3)
Watch on NBC Sports Boston or the NBC Sports App at 7 pm ET

The Cannons and Bayhawks will meet for the first time this season and they just so happen to be the top two teams in the league. The Bayhawks have really turned it on the past few games as they have been winning in dominant fashion since the All-Star break. They will face a Boston team that has had their best season in years so far and is poised to make its return to the playoffs. Boston’s Nick Marracco has been a brick wall in net and will need to have a big game as he stares down some of the best shooters in the world in Lyle Thompson, Colin Heacock, and company. Who will come out as the #1 team in the MLL?

Denver Outlaws (6-4) vs Dallas Rattlers (3-7)
Watch on Majorleaguelacrosse.com/watch at 8 pm ET

Earlier this MLL season, the winless Dallas Rattlers stunned the, at the time, 1st Place Denver Outlaws to win their first game of the season. That game is surely still in the back of the minds of the Outlaws who have had a rough patch in their season since that game. They will be out for revenge when they go south to Frisco, Texas to play the Rattlers once again. However, the Rattlers are becoming the hottest team in pro lacrosse with three straight wins against good opponents. Can the Rattlers pull off another upset? They will need goalie Sean Sconone to have another outstanding game to keep the deadly Outlaws offense at bay.

The Rattler’s Bradley Voigt has been a revelation on offense the last few games.

Sunday 8/18

Whipsnakes (5-3) vs Redwoods (4-4)
Watch on NBC Sports Network at 6 pm ET

Both these teams suffered stunning losses last week in San Jose and their playoff hopes now hang in the balance. The last time these two teams played the Redwoods handed the Whipsnakes their first loss of the season. So the Redwoods know how to beat them, but will the Whipsnakes be ready this time? The biggest difference maker in this game could potentially be at the faceoff x. Joe Nardella has been outstanding for the Whipsnakes and has even been scoring goals off of his faceoff wins. However, it looks like a healthy Greg Gurenlian will return to play this weekend and could give the Redwoods the edge they need to beat the Whipsnakes again.

What games are you most excited to watch this weekend?

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