The second meeting between the Redwoods and Chaos started in a similar fashion to their first match up…with a Sergio Salcido goal.
Salcido dodged down the left side by Jack Rowlett and bounced an on-the-run shot past Blaze Riorden. It was Salcido’s first of two goals in the quarter. The Redwoods did not finish the period unscathed, however. All-Star attackman Matt Kavanagh went down with an ankle injury. He did not return.
Jake Froccaro, the inaugural member of the Chaos’s bomb squad, displayed the power of the two-bomb and tied the game with one shot. It was his third two-point goal of the season.
Trailing 3-2 to start the second quarter, Chaos attackman Eric Scott tied the game off an impressive swim dodge. Scott, a natural midfielder, started at attack for the Chaos given the absence of Miles Thompson because of an elbow injury. The Chaos offense continued clicking and showed why they’re the most lethal unit in the PLL. Attackman Kevin Buchanan, another converted midfielder, scored twice within a minute. Froccaro executed a textbook off-ball cut and completed a Connor Fields assist.
Redwoods’ Jules Heningburg stopped the five-goal run. Since he was traded to the Redwoods after Week 3, Heningburg has been a revelation. He’s averaged 3.75 goals, scored six last week against the Atlas, and entering the game tied for the most goals in the league (18). He assisted Ryder Garnsey to cut the Redwoods’ deficit to two with 38 seconds left in the half.
“We don’t go anywhere,” Redwoods Head Coach Nat St. Laurent, told his team in the huddle after Heningburg’s goal. “That’s who we are.”
Garnsey continued the scoring streak with a leaping effort early in the third quarter that looked like it should have been in the Skills Challenge. Fields answered with another highlight reel worthy goal when he completed a jumping, one handed finish.
“What can this guy not do with a lacrosse stick?” NBC Sports analyst Ryan Boyle wondered aloud. “This guy is a magician.”
Myles Jones ran over Tyler Dunn and rocketed his shot past Tim Troutner to extend the Chaos’s lead to 9-7. Scary SZN is in full swing.
“Let’s make them play as much defense as possible,” Head Coach Andy Towers told the Chaos before the fourth quarter.
Thomas Kelly helped the Chaos win the possession battle. He finished 14-18 (77.7 %) from the faceoff X and tallied one goal. Jones then joined the ranks of the bomb squad with a two-point goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
“It's tough because I think it could be a couple of guys,” Chaos defenseman Jarrod Neumann said two weeks ago when asked about who would be the squad’s next member. “Myles Jones has been there. He's had the opportunities but hasn't found the back of the net yet. I think he will.”
When he wasn’t holding Heningburg to only two goals, Neumann highlighted why he’s the league’s most dangerous threat from behind the arc. He scored his fifth two-point goal of the season and put the Chaos ahead 13-10 with 5:53 remaining in the fourth. They held the Redwoods scoreless the rest of the way.
With the win Chaos improve to 6-2 and secure the first-ever playoff spot. Next week they’ll play the Archers on August 17 at 12:30pm ET in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Redwoods are now 4-4. They’ll look to get back in the win column against the Whipsnakes on August 18 at 6pm ET. Both games are on the NBC Sports Network.