By Quinn Magner | Jul 30, 2021
Head Coach Andy Towers leads his 2-4 Chaos LC into war with Tim Soudan's 2-4 Chrome LC on Sunday, August 1 for Week 7 of the PLL’s 2021 season. Both teams are vying to insert themselves into playoff contention and captains on both clubs look to carry each other through the last whistle having hopefully tied off any loose ends in regards to this season’s chemistry. Both Chaos and Chrome have each had two impressive wins this season so far, and this one will absolutely flex its offensive guns for lacrosse fans to see.
Chrome’s Version of Chaos
Chrome’s two wins this season were by far the most surprising of the 2021 season being that they were both back-to-back upsets over Archers and Whipsnakes who were both #1 and #2 in the standings at multiple points this summer. Coach Soudan has some serious shooting threats on his ball club in point leader Jackson Morrill (10G, 5A) and big man Colin Heacock (10G, 1T, 1A). This team has shown that, when they want to and when their backs are against the wall, they can really turn it on by moving the ball quickly and lowering their shoulders to dodge downhill.
Chaos’ Josh Byrne has always been one of the most eye-opening offensive wizards to watch on the professional level. #22 leads his team with 19 points (11 1PG, 8 assists), and his creativity and toughness when handed pressure from frustrated defensemen make him the valuable asset that he is for Chaos. Other clutch attackmen like Chris Cloutier (6G, 1A) and Ryan Smith (5G, 1A) will undoubtedly have to step up for Chaos when Byrne draws the double on and off on Sunday afternoon. Chaos comes into this game with a 30% shooting percentage, so having the benefit of it being Week 7 can certainly offer Coach Towers’ offense another opportunity to find its groove. Overall, Chaos is home to a younger team this season with Byrne’s support team consisting of Mac O’Keefe, Smith and Chase Fraser who have combined for 20 total points between the three of them. All eyes will be on Byrne to quarterback the Chaos offense over Chrome defensive personnel of Mike Manley, Greg Weyl, and captain and LSM Joel White will be communicating to locate #22 in red and black.
Galloway vs. Riorden
These two goaltenders and fellow captains have been tour de forces between the pipes for their teams. Both keepers come into Sunday with 60% save percentages with John Galloway having tallied 76 saves and Blaze Riorden with an astounding 104 saves on the season so far. Riorden was last year’s Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year winner having finished the 2020 Championship series as the hottest goalie in the league with 119 saves. His positioning in goal and general ability to champion shooters’ tendencies from his experience as an offensive weapon with the NLL make him a daunting figure to have to slip shots by. Galloway has stepped up as a leader for Chrome, and his veteran experience has helped him find his center again as a strong righty goalie opposite Riorden’s lefty trait. Galloway is a sound leader like Riorden whose lightning fast hands and calm anticipation on shots from all distances and angles make him a threat to Byrne and the Chaos offense. If Galloway garners another 21-save performance as he did in Chrome’s upset over Whipsnakes in Week 3, this game can quickly teeter into a Chrome offensive storyline and victory at the end of the day.
Who Will Show Up?
Tune in to Peacock on Sunday at 2PM ET to watch these two teams scrap like their 2021 PLL continuity depends on it. At 2-4, it will simply come down to which of these professional lacrosse clubs executes and overcomes their seasons’ adversities. It’s going to be high altitude and high stakes for Chaos and Chrome in Colorado Springs.