Lauren Merola

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Atlas vs Cannons

How can Atlas upset Cannons in the PLL Cash App Playoffs?

By The Cannons and Atlas seem to be living the other’s projected storyline.  The Cannons, a team that went 1-9 and missed the playoffs in 2022, ascended into championship contention this season while Atlas, a 6-4 squad last season that seemed one or two offseason moves away from a trophy, struggled to scrape together two…
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Myles Jones Atlas

Myles Jones is ‘getting back to the old me’ with help of Atlas teammates

By On Aug. 8, Atlas did a one-for-one midfield swap with the Redwoods, trading Romar Dennis for Myles Jones. With the Redwoods, Jones’ production tapered off this season, averaging 0.6 points per outing. He was scratched from the lineup after the fifth week of the season and traded to the baby blue three weeks after…
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Atlas could’ve been 6-3 by now: What went wrong?

By | Atlas didn’t fall to a lonely 2-7 record easily. The Bulls found themselves in a handful of winnable, tight games that went down to the wire this season. They could’ve been 6-3 heading into Week 10. Instead, Atlas is as much in the playoffs as it is out of them. In seventh place,…
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How can Atlas make the playoffs? Breaking down postseason scenarios and rules

By | With two regular-season games left in the season, six of the seven playoff spots have been decided, with the final seed left to be fought for by Atlas and Chrome.  Through Week 8 in Denver, Atlas is seventh in the league, sitting in a fragile playoff position at 2-6, with Chrome trailing at…
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Atlas Transition Defense

Film study: Atlas defense’s indecision, lack of two-way midfielders detrimental in transition

By Through the PLL’s Denver weekend, Atlas turned the ball over league second-worst 158 times, only one turnover less than the league-worst Redwoods (159). To make matters worse, opponents score on the Bulls a league-worst 42.9 percent of the time in transition.  Watching plays like these, it’s not hard to see why. Atlas needs to…
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Pro Lacrosse Hall of Fame

What’s it like to sit next to a Pro Lacrosse Hall of Famer? Conversations from induction weekend

By In Midtown Baltimore, where East Biddle Street turns into West Biddle Street, rests Sammy’s Trattoria. It’s a large Italian restaurant, the inside coated in a dark, damp red to match the awning – the eatery’s principle marker with which its name is embossed in white – out front. On any given day, there’s dozens…
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Often imitated, never replicated: Ryan Powell’s unforgettable resume

By | Young waves of talent are constantly crashing lineups and stealing starting spots in professional lacrosse. Veterans are dethroned yearly by rookies who excel at what older players could once do best. Turnover is natural, and often accepted. Unless you’re Ryan Powell. Powell, a 2023 Professional Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, adapted his game…
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Atlas Finds Much-Needed Momentum Against Chrome in Playoff Push

By Atlas’ playoff push starts now. Well, technically, it started Saturday, when Atlas, who was tied with Chrome in the gutter of the league at 1-4 coming out of All-Star Weekend, ousted Chrome 11-9 to improve to 2-4 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Heading into the matchup, Atlas had a 75 percent chance to make…
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How Xander Dickson, the ‘Slim Reaper,’ claimed the 2023 All-Star Freestyle Competition win

By He’s skinny, one of the best shooters in the league, has become a regular on SportsCenter Top 10 and goes by “Slim Reaper.” And he’s not Kevin Durant. Xander Dickson was dubbed “Slim Reaper” his sophomore season at Virginia, after a friend drew the comparison between the 6-foot-1, 160-pound Dickson and the lanky Durant,…
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What You Probably Didn’t Know About Each Atlas All-Star

By | Atlas LC boasts seven original All-Star selections, the most of any club. Trevor Baptiste, Jeff Teat, Chris Gray, Bryan Costabile, Danny Logan, Gavin Adler and Brett Makar were the original 2023 All-Star selections from Atlas. Baptiste, Gray and Logan will sit out the weekend due to injuries, meaning Xander Dickson and Romar Dennis…
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