Cannons-Atlas Preview

By Quinn Magner | Jun 26, 2021

Where to watch: 

  • Sunday, June 27
  • 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Live on Peacock

Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University is home to Week 3 of the 2021 PLL season matchups, and on Sunday, June 27 at 12 PM EST, you can watch Ben Rubeor’s 1-1 Atlas LC take on Sean Quirk’s 1-2 Cannons LC in the heart of Baltimore, MD for what is expected to be showdown of sheer lacrosse talent.

From Boston to the Big League

After spending the bye-week showcasing the league on Late Night with Seth Meyers as the first professional lacrosse player to be hosted on the hit NBC talk show, PLL Co-Founder and Cannons captain Paul Rabil continues to exhibit his passion, leadership and ever-evolving creativity in inserting the game into the mainstream. Rabil and Cannons LC, previously a Major League Lacrosse team from Boston the last 19 years, are coming off of a burning OT loss to Whipsnakes two weekends ago in Atlanta during Week 2 of the PLL season.  At 35 years-old, Rabil still demands attention from LSM’s on opposing teams at formidable 6’3, 225 lbs. and is coming into Sunday’s matchup with 7 goals in the last two games. The “bomb squad” from the Cannons midfield will have to show up early alongside Rabil with the likes of fellow middie Connor Buczek as well as Deemer Class.

Fans who will be attending are in for a show as Cannons attackman Lyle Thompson is tied for first in the league with goals and second in points behind Redwoods Rob Pannell. Thompson, a two-time Tewaaraton winner hailing from the University of Albany, finished his career having scored 400 points for the Great Danes – that’s the most points in Division I lacrosse history. Needless to say, the Onondaga Nation native, known for his slippery and crafty stick skills unparalleled to any player playing the game today, is sure to put his talents on display for Cannons attack this Sunday. Atlas captain and infamously hard-hitting close defenseman, Tucker Durkin, will have to do what he does best by staying in Thompson’s gloves with pokes and slaps while not letting him use his body to roll off of hard checks and topside pressure.

Player to Watch: Jack Concannon

Atlas goalie Jack Concannon, who was named the PLL’s All-Star Game MVP during the league’s inaugural season, is a big body in cage at 6’3 who uses his size and quick hands to make some of the games most exciting and acrobatic saves. Concannon, a former Hofstra All-American who steps into his crease this Sunday with 26 saves on the season so far, will have to get hot with some surprising saves early on Cannons’ Thompson and crew. That said, the 17 saves he made against Redwoods in Atlanta were a major contributor to Atlas’ big-time upset that day.  

Concannon is known to come in clutch standing on his head and making doorstop saves with aggressive steps to the ball and a hard-driving top hand, so Cannons really have to mix up their shot planes throughout all four quarters if they want to slip anything by the Atlas x-factor in goal.

Horns Up for Atlas En Route to Homewood

The midfield depth for Atlas is what will put the bulls in baby blue on top and continue their win streak this weekend. Former Notre Dame All-American and freak athlete Bryan Costabile (2g, 2a this season) will spearhead the Atlas’ legs at the midfield alongside former Hopkins midfielder John Crawley, both of whom will have an advantage knowing that field like the back of their gloves. Atlas captain Trevor Baptiste, a veteran at the faceoff stripe, went just 10-21 on face-off wins in addition to picking up 6 groundballs against Redwoods in Week 2. Baptiste is typically prolific at the stripe and will have to own every possession pushing opportunities to his offensive weapons.

It’s the Cannons in red, white and blue versus Atlas this Sunday, June 27 and 12 PM EST from Hopkins’ very own Homewood Field, and this game will, without question, be loaded with talent, excitement and some of the best players in the world with a stick in their hands who look to bring home a win in front of the PLL’s first-ever sellout crowd.

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