Bernlohr’s Injury Headlines 16-13 Loss

By Adam Lamberti | Jul 15, 2023

The Whipsnakes fell on Friday night 16-13 to the Waterdogs, but the biggest loss of the evening may have been the services of goalie Kyle Bernlohr.

Midway through the 2nd quarter, Bernlohr dove to deter an attempt from Waterdogs attackman Kieran McArdle and landed awkwardly on his left arm. He stayed down for a few minutes before walking off the field under his own power.

Head Coach Jim Stagnitta didn’t have an update after the game, but said “it’s probably not good” if Bernlohr had to leave the game.

Backup goalie Brian Phipps recorded nine saves in relief of Bernlohr, but the effort was not enough.

“It’s not how we drew it up,” Phipps said. “It's not Whipsnakes lacrosse that we play and [we] got away from a lot of things that that coach preaches, and we got to get better on each aspect of the game.”

Zed Williams continued his strong start to the season, tallying seven points and some big goals to carry the Whipsnakes after Matt Rambo exited with an injury.

Additionally, Tucker Dordevic, Mike Chanenchuk, and Keegan Khan registered multiple points for the second game in a row as the offense continued to produce goals.

While the Waterdogs did not suit a faceoff man for the second game in a row, it was encouraging to see rookie Petey LaSalla go 26-31 (84%) at the faceoff X which included a beautiful setplay off the faceoff that resulted in a Connor Kirst goal.

Defensively, without Matt Dunn and Michael Ehrhardt on the field, the unit looked out of sorts.

“We had some good efforts, but just inconsistent,” Stagnitta said. “Hopefully we can get healthy and get a little deeper here over this break.”

Brad Smith, Michael Ehrhardt, Matt Rambo, and Matt Dunn are all expected to be close to 100% following the break while Joe Nardella has a shot to play in the regular season. The status of Kyle Bernlohr is unknown, but initial reports do not sound promising.