With the pro lacrosse season coming to an end, the PLL is down to two teams to determine a champion. It will be a rematch of the 2020 bubble championship with the fifth seed Whipsnakes and the sixth seed Chaos. This is a matchup we did not expect to see. The Whips are the two time defending champions, and remember this is only year three of the league. Chaos is trying to break up the trend and keep the championship hat trick from happening.
How Did We Get Here?
Chaos went on a run and took down the three seed Archers and second seed Atlas. It seems like they are always underdogs. It was rough start for them and a shaky regular season and they snuck into the playoffs. We always write them off and then they proceed to prove all of us wrong. Andy Towers is one of the best head coaches in the league, and his passion for the game is second to none. He always has his team believing they can do anything. Chaos beat Archers 13-10 and Atlas 15-9.
Whipsnakes just keep finding ways to win. The core remains one of the best in the PLL. They beat the fourth seed arch rival Redwoods and the top seeded Waterdogs to advance for the championship game for the third year in a row. What makes it even crazier is that the semifinals against the dogs was the first time Kyle Bernlohr did not play as the goalie. Bernlohr has had a rough season. Instead it was veteran Brian Phipps getting his first PLL action. Of course with players like Matt Rambo and Zed Williams, they are never out of a game. It was a hard year for them. After winning 11 straight games dating back to 2020, they lost the magic a bit due to injuries, including Rambo getting hurt. When he got back, it was like he never left. That was on full display when he ended all hope for the Redwoods with less than a minute to go in the quarterfinals. The Whipsnakes beat Redwoods 14-13 and Waterdogs 14-10.
This is a tough one. Both have proven that they are very good teams. The Whips can beat you from all angles, but Chaos just does not go away. It’s going to be a hard fought battle that may come down to who can make more plays. Make sure you tune in September 19th at noon on NBC to see for yourself. In the end, my final prediction is that Whipsnakes will take it 15-14 in overtime and Rambo will get the game winner again in ol DC.
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