Every week in the PLL we get great performances from a handful of players. In a league with only eight teams, every game is basically an all-star game. It would be easy to look at box scores and say player “X” played the best because he scored the most goals, but that isn’t always the case in this complex sport.
Luckily, I’m here to guide you through the best performances of the week sometimes beyond the box score. In this series, I will identify the three best performances from every week and hand out “Game Balls” like they do in the PLL.
Here are the three game balls from week two:
- Jack Concannon: G | Atlas
After a week one barrage on Concannon by the Archers that led to him being pulled in the second quarter, the Atlas’ goalie bounced back in the biggest way in week two. Concannon faced a stout Redwoods offense on Saturday and ended the day with nine goals allowed and added 17 saves to that clip. While 17 saves in and of itself is fantastic, the way in which he was making those saves was far more impressive. The Redwoods were getting shots from inside five yards almost at will, and they couldn’t bury any of them with Concannon in the way.
This video is one of many that highlight just how good he was in week two, leading the Atlas to their first win of the season.
2. Ryan Brown: A | Waterdogs
The Waterdogs looked like a team stuck in the mud in week one. All of their hyped offseason additions were non-existent in a 13-7 loss to the Cannons. One of those players who went missing was Ryan Brown, who, regarded by most as the best shooter in the world, went 0-for-7 in week one with none of those shots being on goal. Well, much like the entire Waterdogs roster, Brown put the past behind him and put on a show in week two.
The Dogs had two games and two wins this weekend where Brown was able to rack up eight goals on 15 shots (53.3%). He was an integral part of the offense every time down the field and you could just tell he was playing with a little more pep in his step. He was cutting, picking, and finishing with much more authority than he was in week two. Brown creates a serious problem for defenses when used correctly, and it seems as though head coach Andy Copelan has figured that out.
3. Will Manny: A | Archers
I had a tough time deciding who to give the third game ball of the week, but at the end of the day Manny deserves it. First off, congratulations to him for moving up to 12th on the all-time professional lacrosse scoring list this weekend with a total of 236. Quite an impressive feat for the UMass product.
The Archers came into the week with the hottest offense in the league after an 18-6 onslaught of the Atlas in week one. They would follow up that performance by stumbling out of the gates against an underwhelming Chaos squad, trailing 6-1 at one point in the game. They responded to that by finishing the game on an 11-2 run led by five goals from Manny to move to 2-0 on the season.
Every goal he scores looks so smooth and so easy. He was undoubtedly the catalyst that sparked the Archers’ comeback on Sunday. Manny has been one of the better attackmen in professional lacrosse for quite some time now, and it’s nice to see him dominate games like this when his team falls down.
Mikie Schlosser: M | Waterdogs
Drew Simoneau: FO | Cannons
Jake Carraway: A | Atlas