By Austin Owens | Jul 1, 2021
Where to Watch
- Friday, July 2nd
- 7:00PM ET
The Archers and Chrome find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the standings.
Chris Bates’ squad is spotless, blowing teams out and looking dominant all over the field in the process.
Chrome, on the other hand, hadn’t had much go their way through two weeks. That was, however, until they became the talk of the league in Week 3 with a massive victory over the two-time defending champion Whipsnakes, snapping their 672-day undefeated streak in the process.
The Archers have a showdown with the Whips in the second half of their doubleheader weekend while Chrome goes head to head with the surging Atlas on Sunday.
With a possible game of the year showdown on tap, the Archers need to be focused on Friday Night Lacrosse, or Chrome will sting them just like they did with the Whips less than a week ago.
Who Ya Got?
With their offense firing on all cylinders heading into Week 4, the Archers enter Friday’s game against Chrome as -2.5 (-167) favorites. 87 percent of fans are also rolling with the Archers in this matchup on PLL Pick ‘Em.
Archers Stay Hot
The Archers have the most potent offence in the PLL, holding a commanding plus-25 goal differential through their first three games. The attack trio of Grant Ament, Marcus Holman, and Will Manny have been unbelievable, filling the stats sheet every single week.
Tom Schreiber continues to be the best midfielder on the planet, setting up teammates and burying goals at his usual clip. And he’s got more than enough help from the likes of Connor Fields, Ryan Ambler, and Christian Mazzone. Even goalie Adam Ghitelman has posted a 2-pointer this season.
How could this squad get any scarier? I’m glad you asked. Because it just so happens that Tre Leclaire has been removed from the Unavailable to Travel List. The Ohio State product can bomb it from beyond the arc, and he was considered to have arguably the heaviest shot in the draft.
The Surrey, British Columbia native just adds another scary element to an Archers offence that’s already the class of the league.
Chrome walked into Homewood Field in Baltimore last weekend and didn’t step down from the challenge that was the Whipsnakes.
There was very little going for Chrome heading into Week 3. The injury bug saw them lose key contributors like Jordan Wolf and Jesse Bernhardt, adding onto the injuries to Randy Staats and JT Giles-Harris -- neither of whom had the chance to play a game for the team. Most thought it would be an 0-3 start for the Beauties as a result.
That didn’t matter to Chrome, as it was next man up for the team and they were firing on all cylinders from the outset.
Tim Soudan said last weekend that the locker room had a different energy before the game, and the likes of James Barclay and Eli Salama stepped up big -- it also doesn’t hurt to get 21 saves from John Galloway.
Can they do it again this weekend? Yes, they faced a Whips team that was without Zed Williams and one that was missing Matt Rambo for multiple periods of the game. It’ll be a taller task against a fully healthy Archers offensive unit, but after last week’s performance, are you going to count out the Chrome?
Morrill on a Mission
With Jeff Teat’s arrival last weekend, the debate for the Rookie of the Year award kicked into high gear. But a tremendous effort from Teat on Sunday really overshadowed one of the best performances of the weekend by Jackson Morrill.
The fourth-round pick in the 2021 College Draft has been one of the steals of the year, as he currently leads Chrome with eight goals and 11 points through three games.
That includes a four-goal, six-point outing in Week 3 against the defending champions. You can’t fully replace Jordan Wolf, but Morrill has stepped in and done a fantastic job working alongside Justin Guterding and Colin Heacock, among others.
The Denver and Yale product is going to have to put in another shift to help the Chrome hand the Archers their first loss on the year.
What’s on the Line?
The Archers are going to do everything in their power to maintain that perfect record heading into Week 5 in Minneapolis. With the Whips going through injury troubles of their own, this next stretch could be pivotal to the squad taking a stranglehold on top spot in the standings -- and the bye that comes along with it.
Chrome just needs to keep putting in consistent performances. They’ll have a lot of confidence heading into this game after snapping the Whips’ streak. A victory would get them back to .500, but it would mean so much more than that. If they can pull out this one, Chrome will have victories over two teams that are strong contenders.