Archers vs. Atlas Preview

By PLL | Jun 5, 2021

Where to Watch

  • Saturday, June 5
  • 7:45 p.m. ET
  • Live on Peacock

Major Matchup

Grant Ament is already the quarterback of a lethal Archers offense. Ament didn’t need much time to prove that he’s one of the best attackers in the sport. In his rookie season, he led the team with 20 points. 

The goal for Atlas on Saturday has to be to limit Ament from scoring and assisting. In 2020 he recorded 14 assists – second in the league behind only Matt Rambo.

Tucker Durkin and Cade van Raaphorst will likely be the guys defending Ament. They both went up against Ament last season and limited him to just one point in the quarterfinal. 

Archers offense

With the addition of Connor Fields, the Archers have one of the most prolific offenses this season. Their 25-man roster is made up of five attackers, five midfielders and five more who are listed as both attackmen and midfielders. They are returning Ament, Ryan Ambler, Marcus Holman, Christian Mazzone, Will Manny, Joey Sankey and Tom Schreiber.

Ament, Schreiber and Manny all finished in the top-15 in scoring last season. Fields led PLL in goals in 2019 with Chaos LC; if he can return to his MVP candidate form, this offense will be even more potent.

The Underdogs

The Atlas’ biggest addition this offseason is someone who won’t even be able to play right away. They had the No. 1 pick in the 2021 College Draft and selected Jeff Teat, but when the news came out that Teat wouldn’t be able to play immediately because of travel restrictions, they immediately became the underdogs this season.

This is a completely new Atlas club. Of those on the 25-man roster, only 13 were on the team last year.

Fans are considering this for Saturday’s game. Only 12% of fans are picking Atlas to win.

This team is full of young talent: 2020 second overall pick Bryan Costabile will look to continue his two-way success from last season, where he put up five points in his first meeting with the Archers. Jake Carraway – one of six rookies on the roster – and Dan Bucaro, who already have years of experience playing with each other at Georgetown. 

What's at stake?

The Archers have had a lot of attention surrounding this offense, and they want to prove they’re a championship-contending team after two years of regular season success and postseason disappointment.

For Atlas, it’s a chance to show to the world what kind of team they are. They’re hungry after having the worst record in the league in the Championship Series. 

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