Hard to believe we’re already at the PLL Semifinals with four teams remaining and only three games left until the Premier Lacrosse League crowns a champion. Today on semifinals Sunday, the Atlas face off against the Chaos and the Waterdogs try to knock off the back to back champ Whips.
Atlas vs. Chaos (9/5 11:00am)
The Chaos have not had a good season this year, but that doesn’t matter in the playoffs and find themselves one game away from going to the Championship after knocking off the Archers in the quarterfinals in a 13-10 game backstopped by goalie of the year candidate Blaze Riordan and defensive player of the year candidate Jack Rowlett. They’re going to have a very tough matchup though this week as the Atlas have been the hottest team in lacrosse since adding the likely rookie of the year Jeff Teat and they’ve been 6-1 since he joined the team. The Atlas offense is firing, leading the league in shots and scores. Last week they rolled past the Cannons 13-9. Earlier this season when these two teams played, the Atlas had no problem dealing with the Chaos, taking them down in 16-10 game. The Atlas average 3 more scores per game over the Chaos and should control possession much more with Trevor Baptist at the face off stripe. I think the Atlas knock off the Chaos today to punch their ticket to their first championship game. I’ll take the bulls for a unit on the ML and half a unit on the goal line.
Waterdogs vs. Whipsnakes (9/5 1:30pm)
The top seed Waterdogs who had a first round bye in the quarterfinals face off against the back to back champs, the only championship winning team in PLL history, the Whipsnakes. The Whips faced the most struggles this season at points then they had in either of the previous two. They’re one win away from a chance to go for a three-peat. The Whipsnakes have looked much better the past couple weeks with the addition of a healthy Matt Rambo back into the lineup. They go against the Waterdogs though who have played very good lacrosse closing out the season and come into this game with a four game winning streak and second in scores and shots on the season. The Waterdogs defense has been pretty solid too the last few weeks. These teams played once in the regular season with the Waterdogs winning 11-6. The Whipsnakes weren’t all healthy in that game so I wouldn’t take much into account there. I’d slightly lean the Whips win this game but not enough to bet against the hot Waterdogs. Coming into this game, I leaned the over in what I think ends up being a back and forth great game, but at 24.5, I don’t see any edge in betting it. So I’ll lay off this game and just enjoy watching a great showcase of lacrosse.
1u Atlas ML (-152)
.5u Atlas -1.5 (+110)
Record: 19-25 (-17.48 units)