Crease Collapse of the Week: Jack Kielty
The Cannons shook their defense up drastically in Week 4. Brodie Merrill, after whom the league’s LSM of the Year Award is named, was a healthy scratch. SSDM Tyson Bell picked up a pole. Rookie Matt Rahill (Maryland) got his first start down low.
Considering Chrome’s rope unit of Mike Messenger, Ryan Terefenko, Will Haus, and Eli Salama combined for nearly half their points (5G, 2A), the cohesiveness of the Cannons defense in settled sets was impressive. Chrome only converted on 19.2% of their settled possessions -- the Cannons best six-on-six defensive performance of 2022 so far.
Second-year pro Jack Kielty was a big part of that. Kielty was drafted out of Notre Dame for his off-ball play. Whatever the Cannons might lack for a true top cover guy (though Jake Pulver has been strong against certain matchups), they make up for with off-ball IQ. After attackman Ryan Drenner slides to Justin Anderson, Kielty rotates to Jordan MacIntosh on the pop and arrives on hands. If you’re getting stops with an attackman stuck on defense, you’re doing something right.