The impact of the first PLL trade was felt in Game 1 at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Jules Heningburg led the Redwoods squad to a 13-11 win over the winless Chrome. The start was indicative of the game; Redwoods took a controlling 4-0 lead and kept it on cruise control. A complete team effort has gotten the Redwoods back to .500 on the season.
Head Coach Nat St. Laurent looks like a genius for adding Heningburg to his roster earlier this week. The righty attackman made an immediate impact assisting Clarke Petterson in the first eight seconds of the game. The former Whipsnake contributed to eight of the Redwoods’ 13 points. His four goals in the second half helped give the Woods a commanding lead, and his five points and three assists were the most points ever in PLL history.
The Redwoods’ defense put on an offensive display in the first half. Three separate poles scored a goal, highlighted by an impressive dangle dodge to shovel shot by Garrett Epple. The Notre Dame alum was all over the field for the Redwoods causing turnovers, scooping ground balls, and initiating transition.
Chrome looked out of synch to start the game; goalie John Galloway saw a lot of rubber in the first quarter and alll their efforts to make a comeback were answered by Redwoods goals. This is a team that is still trying to find its identity on offense. Their attack unit only put in four goals on the day, which is not going to cut it in a league filled with the best players in the world.
Chrome have put themselves in a hole to start the season and are flirting with the opportunity to be the first eliminated from playoff contention. The Redwoods, however, take a step forward and position themselves well in the standings.