Teat dominates again to push Atlas past Chaos

By Austin Owens | Jul 11, 2021

After riding a nine-goal run to victory last weekend, the Chaos were on the other side of the same run in Week 5, as Atlas went on to pull out a 16-10 victory on Saturday night. 

The night belonged, once again to 2021 first overall College Draft pick Jeff Teat (4G, 4A). The Canadian now sits second in league scoring with 22 points in just four outings. 

Nine individuals finished with at least a point on the night, with Eric Law (3G), John Crawley (1 2pt, 1A), and Jake Carraway (2G) had strong offensive showings. 

Trevor Baptiste finished 19 of 27 from the stripe while JD Colarusso earned the victory, stopping 10 shots. 

“They are very slick so the game plan, first and foremost, was to prevent transition,” Atlas head coach Ben Rubeor said post game. “We also focused on the two-man game and knew there were going to be pick plays. We focused on communication and ended up switching on a decent amount of those picks. 

“That’s a good offense that can go on some runs and we played really well as a group, so I’m proud of our defense.”

It was Chaos coming out of the gates hot to start the game, as Chase Fraser potted the first goal of the game before Josh Byrne added a pair to make it 3-0. Despite that, the next run of play from the first to third quarter belonged to Atlas. 

Teat and Mark Cockerton connected to get the Bulls on the board with their first goal of the night. Teat followed that with his first of the night before Law and Carraway scored their first goals of the game to end the first frame. 

The second quarter was low-scoring and saw Atlas continue their run by scoring the only two markers, giving them a 6-3 advantage at the half. 

Atlas completed their nine-goal run with three straight to open the second half, with Baptiste scoring that but Chaos was able to answer by scoring three of the final goals of the third quarter -- the final one being a CJ Costabile 2-pointer that pulled them to within three goals heading into the final stanza.

Dan Bucaro helped widen the lead to open the fourth, but a three-goal run by Chaos cut it to just one with 8:57 remaining. However, Teat cemented his big night in the closing minutes, scoring twice and setting up Law to make it 14-10. 

“Jeff is unbelievable. He bailed us out a lot,” midfielder Romar Dennis said of his teammate. “A couple of times, the shot clock was expiring and he does something unbelievable. Carraway as well. But at the end of the day, everyone is just really selfless so the ball kind of spins around. 

“No one is fake cheering for each other. Everyone is happy when we score. So it’s easy to get the ball going for the best shot.”

Crawley added a 2-pointer with 1:18 left to put a bow on the victory for the Bulls. 

Atlas jumps to 4-2 on the season and second place in the league standings heading into the All-Star break. They now have a few weeks off to relax and recover before taking on a doubleheader against Chrome and Cannons in Week 7. 

Chaos now sits at 2-4 and will be looking to get back to their winning ways when they go up against Chrome. 

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