Atlas Lacrosse Club went from the bottom of the barrel to the second seed. Atlas finished 6-3 with a +12 score differential. Blowing up the roster in favor of draft picks to acquire young talent proved to be the right one. Jeff Teat lead the way at attack with 16 goals along with Jake Carraway, followed by Eric Law with 15. At midfield, Bryan Costabile had 18 goals, three of those were two point shots which lead the team. The offensive explosion helped get them in great position to compete for a playoff push. They held the top seed for a while before Waterdogs beat them and took that mantle. Atlas got past Cannons in the quarterfinals, but could not stop Chaos.
What Needs To Be Done To Improve?
Now that we are into the deep playoff teams, it gets a little tricky to evaluate them. Atlas had a really good year. What did them in is that they were the victim of a 9-0 second half run in the semifinals. One way to look at it is that the defense still needs work. That may be true. Atlas did have some close games that could have changed the playoff seeding if they were able to pull out a win. Jack Concannon and JD Colarusso both played well when given opportunities in net. The two could make a formidable tandem, or one could be used as trade bait.
However, the other way to look at the situation is that the young players need more time and experience to develop into complete players. The majority of the roster is young, so there will be some growing pains along the way. Adding to this core in the draft is probably the best way to go unless there is a trade available for a solid player looking for a new team. I’ve thrown this name around before, but Matt Gaudet could be a low risk high reward option that likely won’t be very expensive if he is allowed to play again. Another in house name to watch to take a leap next season is Romar Dennis. Atlas Lacrosse Club will have some options moving forward with an already solid foundation.
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