2019 Premier Lacrosse League season

The 2019 Premier Lacrosse League season was the inaugural season of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). The season began on Saturday, June 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and culminated with a championship game played on Saturday, September 21 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club won against Redwoods Lacrosse Club.

2019 PLL season
LeaguePremier Lacrosse League
SportField lacrosse
DurationJune 1 - September 21
Number of teams6
Season MVPMatt Rambo
Top scorerMarcus Holman (23)
Finals championsWhipsnakes
  Runners-upRedwoods

Schedule

Week Date Games Time (ET) Venue City Attendance Ref.
1June 1Archers 13–12 (OT) Chrome1:00 pmGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA13,681 over two days[1][2][3]
Whipsnakes 15–14 (OT) Chaos4:00 pm
June 2 (‡)Atlas 9–11 Redwoods1:30 pm
2June 8Chrome 11–12 (OT) Whipsnakes1:00 pmRed Bull ArenaHarrison, NJ10,773 over two days
[4][5]
Archers 10–9 Redwoods4:00 pm
June 9Atlas 13–18 Chaos2:00 pm
3June 15Redwoods 11–12 (OT) Chaos2:00 pmSeatGeek StadiumBridgeview, IL (Chicago)11,398 over two days[6][7]
Whipsnakes 11–10 (OT) Archers5:00 pm
June 16Chrome 12–13 Atlas2:30 pm
4June 22 (‡)Chrome 11–13 Redwoods1:00 pmHomewood FieldBaltimore, MD16,701 over two days[8][9][10]
Whipsnakes 15–10 Atlas7:30 pm
June 23 (‡)Archers 13–14 Chaos3:30 pm
5June 28Atlas 13–12 Archers8:00 pmGeorgia State StadiumAtlanta, GA11,212 over two days[11][12]
June 29Chaos 15–14 (OT) Chrome1:00 pm
Whipsnakes 11–14 Redwoods4:00 pm
6July 6Archers 8–9 Redwoods5:00 pmAudi FieldWashington, DC14,209 over two days[13][14]
Whipsnakes 11–9 Atlas8:00 pm
July 7Chrome 19–11 Chaos3:00 pm
PLL All-Star GameJuly 21Skills Competition5:00 pmBanc of California StadiumLos Angeles, CA8,189[15][16]
Team Baptiste 17–16 Team Rambo8:00 pm
7July 27Atlas 18–15 Redwoods5:00 pmDick's Sporting Goods ParkCommerce City, CO (Denver)12,892 over two days[17][18]
Chaos 13–12 Whipsnakes8:00 pm
July 28Archers 9–7 Chrome4:00 pm
8August 10Redwoods 10-13 Chaos4:00 pmAvaya StadiumSan Jose, CA11,317 over two days[19][20][21]
Chrome 20–16 Whipsnakes7:00 pm
August 11Archers 15–11 Atlas7:30 pm
9August 17Chaos 11–10 Archers12:30 pmTim Hortons FieldHamilton, ON10,097 over two days[22][23][24]
Chrome 14–17 Atlas3:30 pm
August 18Whipsnakes 17–4 Redwoods6:00 pm
10August 24Atlas 12–9 Chaos8:00 pmTom & Mary Casey StadiumAlbany, NY12,522 over two days[25][26][27][28]
August 25Redwoods 18–7 Chrome1:30 pm
Whipsnakes 8–11 Archers4:30 pm
Playoffs (Round 1)September 6Redwoods 16–12 Archers7:00 pmMapfre StadiumColumbus, OH11,778 over two days[29][30]
September 7Chrome 8–17 Atlas3:00 pm
Whipsnakes 15–7 Chaos6:00 pm
Playoffs (Round 2)September 14Chrome 10–12 Archers5:00 pmRed Bull ArenaHarrison, NJ10,572[31][32]
Redwoods 10–7 Chaos8:00 pm
PLL ChampionshipSeptember 21Draft Pick Game: Atlas 7–25 Archers11:30 amTalen Energy StadiumChester, PA (Philadelphia)12,556[33]
Championship Game: Whipsnakes 12–11 (OT) Redwoods2:30 pm

‡ = joint event with the Women's Professional Lacrosse League

Standings

2019 Premier Lacrosse League standings
Team W L PCT STR GD GB
Chaos 7 3 .700 L1 +1
Whipsnakes 6 4 .600 L1 +12 1
Archers 5 5 .500 W1 +6 2
Redwoods 5 5 .500 W1 -2
Atlas 5 5 .500 W1 -7
Chrome 2 8 .200 L2 -10 5
  Playoff seed

College draft

The collegiate draft occurred on April 23rd and was broadcast on NBCSN at 6:00 PM EDT. It was hosted by sportscaster Paul Burmeister with help from draft analyst Ryan Boyle. A draft lottery was released on the league's YouTube channel on April 8th to determine the top six picks.

Format:

  • Each club was awarded four picks.
  • The draft order was selected at random and reversed each round until the draft was completed. (The first team with the first pick went last in round two, giving the team who went last in round one to go first in round two). A one minute countdown clock was started for picks.
  • Eligible players must currently be in their senior season.
  • No current picks could be traded for picks in a future draft.
  • No trading of players already on rosters for draft picks.
Rnd. Pick # PLL Team Player Pos. College Conf.
11ArchersPat SpencerAttackLoyola (MD)Patriot League
12AtlasRyan ConradMidfieldVirginiaAtlantic Coast Conference
13ChromeZach GoodrichMidfieldTowsonColonial Athletic Association
14WhipsnakesAlex WoodallFace-offTowsonColonial Athletic Association
15RedwoodsClarke PettersonAttackCornellIvy League
16ChaosJohnny SurdickDefenseArmyPatriot League
27ChaosJack RowlettDefenseNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast Conference
28RedwoodsTyler DunnMidfieldPennIvy League
29WhipsnakesBrad SmithMidfieldDukeAtlantic Coast Conference
210ChromeChris SabiaDefensePenn StateBig Ten Conference
211AtlasCade Van RaaphorstDefenseDukeAtlantic Coast Conference
212ArchersCurtis CorleyDefenseMarylandBig Ten Conference
313ArchersColton JacksonMidfieldDenverBig East Conference
314AtlasNoah RichardMidfieldMarquetteBig East Conference
315ChromeMax TuttleMidfieldSacred HeartNortheast Conference
316WhipsnakesIsaac PaparoDefenseUMassColonial Athletic Association
317RedwoodsBrendan GleasonAttackNotre DameAtlantic Coast Conference
318ChaosGreyson TorainDefenseNavyPatriot League
419ChaosAustin HenningsenFace-offMarylandBig Ten Conference
420RedwoodsTim TroutnerGoalieHigh PointSouthern Conference
421WhipsnakesJohn DaniggelisMidfieldYaleIvy League
422ChromeConnor FarrellFaceoffLong Island PostEast Coast Conference
423AtlasBrent NoseworthyMidfieldMichiganBig Ten Conference
424ArchersJohn PrendergastMidfieldDukeAtlantic Coast Conference

Source: [34]

All Star Game

The inaugural 2019 All-Star Game took place on Sunday, July 21 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It was broadcast on NBCSN. The two teams captains were Matt Rambo (Whipsnakes) and Trevor Baptiste (Atlas) Team Baptiste won with a score of 17–16 over Team Rambo. The MVP award went to goalie Jack Concannon who had 13 saves in the second half comeback win.

Championship

The Whipsnakes outlasted the Redwoods 12–11 in overtime to claim the inaugural PLL Championship. The ninth overtime game of PLL season was the most exciting. 

After a defensive first quarter with a 1–1 tie, the game heated up in the second quarter when the Whipsnakes went on a 5–0 run.

After halftime, the Whipsnakes continued their goal streak with a 4–0 run. However, being down by 7 goals, the Redwoods mounted an amazing comeback when they scored 6 goals (including a 2-point shot), pulling within 2 points if the Whipsnakes (10–8) in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Redwoods tie it up with 5:49 left to play. Then the Redwoods scored one more to pull ahead. But local product and league MVP Matt Rambo tied it with just 21.2 seconds remaining. The Whipsnakes won it in overtime and Rambo who scored the winning goal earned the Championship MVP.

League leaders

Points
Player Team Points Average (per game)
Matt RamboWhipsnakes42 4.2
Tom SchreiberArchers37 3.7
Justin GuterdingChrome35 3.5
Connor FieldsChaos33 3.7
Jules HeningburgRedwoods33 3.7
Goals
Player Team Goals Average (per game)
Marcus HolmanArchers23 2.3
Will MannyArchers22 2.2
Connor FieldsChaos22 2.2
Jules HeningburgRedwoods21 2.1
Ryan BrownAtlas21 2.1
Assists
Player Team Assists Average (per game)
Matt RamboWhipsnakes23 2.3
Tom SchreiberArchers18 1.8
Jordan WolfChrome16 1.6
Justin GuterdingChrome14 1.4
Kieran McArdleAtlas13 1.3
Save Percentage
Player Team Percentage
Drew AdamsArchers65.3%
Brett QueenerChrome56.5%
Blaze RiordenChaos55.8%
Kyle BernlohrWhipsnakes55.0%
Jack ConcannonAtlas53.5%

Source: [35]

Awards

Award Recipient Team Position Ref.
Jim Brown Most Valuable PlayerMatt RamboWhipsnakesAttack[36]
Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the YearMatt RamboWhipsnakesAttack
Gait Brothers Midfielder of the YearTom SchreiberArchersMidfield
Dave Pietramala Defensive Player of the YearJarrod NeumannChaosDefence
Oren Lyons Goalie Player of the YearBlaze RiordenChaosGoalie
Brodie Merrill Long Stick Midfielder of the YearMichael EhrhardtWhipsnakesLSM
PLL Rookie of the YearTim TroutnerRedwoodsGoalie
Dick Edell Coach of the YearAndy TowersChaosCoach
Paul Cantabene Face Off Athlete of the YearTrevor BaptisteAtlasFace-off
George Boiardi Hard Hat Award (SSDM)Dominque AlexanderArchersSSDM
Welles Crowther Humanitarian AwardScott RatliffArchersLSM
Brendan Looney Leadership AwardKyle HarrisonRedwoodsMidfield
Jimmy Regan Teammate AwardMark GliciniChaosMidfield
Dave Huntley Sportmanship Award AwardConnor FarrelChromeFace-off

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See also

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