Whips fall to Cannons

Whipsnakes drop last game of regular season, face Waterdogs in quarterfinals

By Adam Lamberti

Aug 28, 2023

The Whipsnakes lost the last game of the regular season to the Cannons 15–11 on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

Despite not playing their best lacrosse, the Whipsnakes saw themselves holding a 10-8 lead in the fourth quarter before giving up back-to-back 2-pointers to the Cannons, who went on to control the game.

“It was a little bit like Groundhog Day,” said Head Coach Jim Stagnitta. “We’ve been in this situation probably a third time this year, against a good team that we were up in the fourth quarter by a couple and handed it back.”

Rookie Tucker Dordevic strengthened his rookie of the year case with two goals, including the opening goal of the game.

Michael Ehrhardt had yet another goal and is back playing at an elite level, gunning for his 5th straight Brodie Merrill LSM of the Year Award.

Midfielder Connor Kirst had two goals against his brother, Cannons goalie Colin Kirst, including a skipping two-pointer.

“It was definitely a lot of fun to play against him, just thinking about all the time we would go to our local field and shoot on him,” Kirst said. “It’s fun to play on this stage and play against each other.”

The game also served as a valuable opportunity to get some new faces on the field for the Whipsnakes before playoffs begin.

New addition Jackson Morrill started the game at attack and seemed to get more comfortable as the game went on, finishing with a team-high three assists and received high praise from Stagnitta. 

“I would have liked to get the ball to Jackson a little bit more because he makes things happen,” Stagnitta said. “I thought when the ball was in his stick, he made some great decisions and found some people. I thought we played some of our best offense when the ball swung through him.”

Goalie Kyle Bernlohr returned to the field for the first time since suffering an elbow injury in Fairfield and played the full game in net.

“I thought he held up pretty well,” Stagnitta said. “The expectations of him were just that he would go out there and get four quarters under his belt and get used to the speed and the shots, and I thought he did a good job with that. He made some big saves.”

The loss drops the Whipsnakes to the 6th seed entering the playoffs. They will face the 3rd-seeded Waterdogs in the quarterfinals next Monday in Boston.

The Whipsnakes could very well make some noise in the playoffs, but just have to play better lacrosse across the board.

“It’s a new season coming up, but we’re going to have to do some things different if we’re going to expect to get different results,” Stagnitta said.

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