The first three weeks of the season have given Chrome LC fans just about everything. Week one included a thrilling last second victory scored by an unheralded rookie from Salisbury, Cross Ferrara. In week two we saw the offense struggle but the defensive identity of the team held strong, as the men lost to a highly skilled Archers team. In week three we again saw a different Chrome team, this time with defensive issues.
Week 3 Dark Spots
The men have been unable to consistently put together every facet of the game. Each week there has been something to celebrate and something to agonize over. The latest game against the Cannons was an unusual one. Yes, the team was without team captain and defensive starter Jesse Bernhardt, but that alone wasn’t the issue. Without Bernhardt we saw a shuffling of the lineup which brought LSM Nick Grill down to close defense and moved rookie LSM Troy Hettinger into the lineup. Regardless of any changes in skill set, the biggest issue that I noticed was in continuity. There were several goals that I will break down in another article where there was a clear lack of communication or a miscommunication about who was sliding, if there was a switch, or what the matchup would be, leading to uncharacteristic allowed goals.
Sean Sconone is one of the best goalies in the PLL but every goalie has a bad day eventually and Friday was his. Sconone came into the game with a 50% save percentage but was only able to make five saves resulting in a 28% save percentage on the day. Not all of the goals against were his fault, the defensive mishaps allowed shooters to get their hands free or get inside for wide open looks, making a goalie’s life hell. That being said, there were one or two goals that Sconone would probably say he should’ve saved. Chalk this performance up as an outlier.
Week 3 Positives
When looking at the stat sheet Connor Farrell had his best day of the season at 72% facing off and 15 groundballs. These extra possessions led to increased chances on the offensive end and the highest output of the season (13 scores). Weeks one and two relied heavily on Justin Anderson and Jackson Morrill to score, but in week three we finally saw the Logan Wisnauskas we’ve become accustomed to. Wisnauskas was able to score three goals and the noticeable difference was the amount of picks the team sent his way. Ultimately, two of his three goals came directly from the two-man game.