Semifinals Preview: Atlas-Chaos
By Katie McNulty | Sep 4, 2021
All eyes will be on Jack Rowlett guarding Jeff Teat tomorrow. Teat has certainly impressed in his rookie season, scoring 32 points in seven regular season games. Not only is he up for Rookie of the Year, but he’s an MVP finalist as well. Rowlett is someone who you don’t want to upset. His play has been incredible all year; Rowlett’s recorded 14 caused turnovers this season and is up for the Dave Pietramala Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Colarusso vs. Concannon
Atlas head coach Ben Rubeor will have a tough task on his hand before the game even starts. Now that Jack Concannon is cleared for tomorrow’s game, does he go back to Concannon, who started for him to begin the season, or does he go with JD Colarusso, who’s 4-1 in his five starts? Concannon has a 49.6% save percentage in the five games he’s played and Colarusso also has a 49% save percentage this season, so they are pretty evenly matched goalies.
Player to Watch: Eric Law
Eric Law in the playoffs is a special kind of lacrosse player. Law recorded seven points in the opening round of the playoffs, which put him third all-time in playoff points (47). Only John Grant Jr. and Matt Kavanagh more. Expect Law to continue his tradition of having an extra chip on his shoulder in the playoffs tomorrow.
Chris Cloutier will be making his appearance for the first time since August 15, and he’ll get to do it against his former team. Cloutier was traded from Atlas for a third-round pick in the 2022 College Draft. Cloutier’s recorded 19 points and grabbed 21 groundballs this season. His chemistry with Josh Byrne, Dhane Smith and Chase Fraser gives a huge bonus to Chaos with him in the lineup.
3.2%. That’s the number of people who have the Chaos winning the championship. Even after they lost the first four games of the season last year, they still made it to the championship game, where they lost to the Whipsnakes. Chaos is used to being the underdogs. It’s almost like they do better when people are rooting against them.
Atlas and Chaos played once this season, where Trevor Baptiste won 70% of his matchups against Max Adler, but Adler has been dominating recently. In the first five games, Adler was winning 43.7% at the stripe. In the last three games, he’s won 64.1%. It took him a little while to adjust to the PLL rules, but he’s been an important factor in helping Chaos reach the semi-finals.
What’s at Stake?
A lot is at stake for this game. If Atlas wins, they would clinch their ticket to their first-ever PLL championship game.
If Chaos wins, this would be their second straight year going to the title game, and they’re hungry after coming up short last season.