By: Steven MacDonald
The final day from Weidner Field in Colorado features three games on the day in Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) action.
Whipsnakes vs Waterdogs:
Sunday in the PLL week seven kicks-off with a makeup game from Saturday as the Waterdogs take on the Whipsnakes for the first time ever.
The matchup to watch here is at the stripe between Jake Withers and Joe Nardella, both top five in their position on face-offs.
Chaos vs Chrome:
Chaos and Chrome square off for the first time this season. The two teams come in to Sunday sixth and eighth in the league respectively. It is important to remember here that the top seven clubs make the post-season, and eighth place is left on the outside looking in. Both teams will be looking for a win and the Chrome already lost to Atlas on Friday night.
The matchup to watch in the second game of a triple-header of lacrosse on Sunday is in transition. The Chaos have been one of the top teams in 2021 shooting the two, and will hunt twos in transition. The Chrome have the ability to play between the arcs, and have the personnel to slow the Chaos transition game with players like rookie midfielder Ryan Terefenko.
Atlas vs Cannons:
Atlas were the first team in the PLL to clinch a spot in the playoffs with their win on Friday night. With the win, the Atlas have now won four of their last five games, including three in a row. Atlas now enter Sunday as the No. 1 team in the league, and hold a score differential of plus 12.
Depending on how the earlier games on Sunday play out, at the very least Cannons will enter the contest in the playoff picture at No. 7.
Following their win over Archers in Minneapolis, Cannons attackman Lyle Thompson said the last few weeks of the regular season were going to be their playoffs. Thompson said that they could not lose another game in the regular season if they wanted a shot at the post-season. The best case scenario for Cannons is to win out and finish 4-5 overall, but there are already five teams with four or more wins with another week of regular season games to play following Colorado.
The matchup to watch here is the attack units against the opposing defenses. For Atlas, it will likely be Jeff Teat, Jake Carraway, and Eric Law matching up against defensemen Jake Pulver, Brodie Merrill, and Reece Eddy. For Cannons, they will likely send out Thompson, Ryan Drenner, and Shayne Jackson at attack and Atlas will counter defensively with Cade Van Raaphorst, Tucker Durkin, and Michael Rexrode. Keep in mind, the last time these two teams met, Rexrode held Thompson without a goal and the Atlas came away with a one goal win.