Why the Waterdogs are at their worst on isolation dodges By Wyatt Miller | Aug 10, 2023 Tweet If the season ended today, the Waterdogs’ shooting percentage when initiating with a dodge would be the worst in PLL history (16.8%). Despite ranking fourth in total offensive efficiency, 62% of their settled shots have been initiated […]
Photo courtesy of Kait Devir. Waterdogs Power Team USA to World Championships Gold By Wyatt Miller Jul 3, 2023 Statistically, Waterdogs carried the Team USA offense to a gold medal in the World Lacrosse Championship, winning their second title in the last 10 months. Waterdogs accounted for 47% of Team USA’s total goals, which is […]
Photo courtesy of Nick Ieradi. The Underdog: Kieran McArdle’s Journey From 3-Star Recruit to Legend By Wyatt Miller Jun 26, 2023 In his senior season at Connetquot High, Kieran McArdle led the team to a playoff matchup versus current Waterdogs teammate Liam Byrnes and juggernaut West Islip.  Byrnes recalled McArdle scoring three goals using the […]
Waterdogs Culture: Why every free agent returned in 2023 By Wyatt Miller Jun 13, 2023 In just its third season, Waterdogs Lacrosse Club became champions. After beating Chaos LC 11-9, purple streaked the field as players cut down the nets and head coach Andy Copelan hoisted the 2022 Championship Trophy on the stage in Philadelphia. […]
Waterdogs Camp Recap: High Intensity and a Wakeup Call for the Champs By Wyatt Miller Jun 4, 2023 Waterdogs LC decided to dial up the intensity in training camp this season. According to head coach Andy Copelan, the defending champions started contact drills early and attacked weaknesses from last season head-on.  Offensively, Ryan Brown’s presence […]
2022 Players Top 50: #11 Kieran McArdle By Sarah Griffin Dec 13, 2022 When I first spoke to Kieran McArdle this past August, the Waterdogs were preparing for the final weekend of the regular season in Seattle with sights set on playoffs the weekend after. With so much conversation surrounding McArdle all summer long as […]
Known as the T-1000 (h/t Kyle Devitte and Chris Rosenthall), Kieran McArdle is one of the most determined dodgers in the league. He nearly single-handedly willed the Waterdogs to a comeback in the semifinals with 3 goals and 3 assists, driving fearlessly to the middle of the field and soaking checks along the way.
Film Study: Waterdogs’ Off-ball Screens By Joe Keegan PLL Analyst Aug 25, 2020 Ball screens. Seals. Slips. Backdoor cuts. Bee sting picks. C-cuts. Picking the picker. Tic tac toe ball movement. The Waterdogs offense featured everything – except for finishing – in 2020. Head coach Andy Copelan’s inaugural squad led PLL in assist rate (i.e. […]
The Top 10 Passers in the PLL By Jake Watts | Mar 27, 2020 The assist has long been the benchmark for ranking passers in lacrosse; a legacy stat that has its faults. The metric ignores the opportunities passers create that do not result in a goal. Shooters in the PLL missed 992 assisted shots […]