Justin Anderson’s left- and right-handed flamethrower
There are a lot of factors contributing to Chrome LC’s best start in club history. A healthy defense featuring JT Giles-Harris taking top assignments and Jesse Bernhardt organizing the unit. Connor Farrell’s improved exits, turning clamp wins into faceoff wins. Two top-10 picks (Logan Wisnauskas and Brendan Nichtern).
And a second-year leap from Justin Anderson.
The 20th overall pick in the 2021 College Draft – selected after Chaos said, “What the hell?” and took NFL-bound Jared Bernhardt off the board – is playing at an All-Star level.
Anderson has a flamethrower. Lefty or righty on the run, the ball jumps out of Anderson’s stick. As a rookie Anderson shot 2-for-21 (9.5%) off the dodge; through three games in ‘22, he is 4-for-8 (50.0%) on unassisted shots.
Trailing 14-12 on Friday night, Anderson took over. He buried two unassisted goals in the midst of a six-goal Chrome run to cap the game. Watch him dodge through contact. Too many midfielders compromise shooting angles by taking their dodges wide. Anderson went straight through this reverse V-hold attempt.
He drew the pole for most of the game. Out of a timeout in the second quarter, Anderson blew by Ryland Rees for a right-handed sweep. Here he swims the pole to get to his left hand. You cannot place a shot better than this.
"We were just resilient. We played a great team today. There are lots of ups and downs in lacrosse," Anderson told Alyssia Graves. "We stayed composed -- that was the biggest part."