PLL Improvement Series: Chaos Lacrosse Club

Chaos Lacrosse Club
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We officially wrap up and round out the series with Chaos Lacrosse Club. The champs shocked everybody except themselves as they are first team not named Whipsnakes to win the PLL championship. Head coach Andy Towers deserves a lot of credit. This group had a horrendous start to the season, but he kept them believing and engaged. You can make the case that Towers is the best leader of men and motivator in the league right now. Sure schemes are important, coaches need to instill belief in the team, and he does that better than anybody. Chaos Lacrosse Club finished the fifth seed with a 4-5 record and a -9 score differential and turned that into an underdog playoff run for the ages.

Winning Formula

Chaos doesn’t need to change a thing. What they did worked and it worked so well, they downed the best team in the league in the last two seasons. Blaze Riorden was great when he needed to be. The defense really played a huge role as well. Jack Rowlett, Johnny Sturdick, and Jarrod Neumann shut down teams with electric offenses during the postseason. Most felt Archers would blow the doors off them and potentially make it to the championship game. Safe to say that was a surprise.

Offensively it was a balanced attack. Josh Byrne, Chris Cloutier, and Chase Fraser led the attack group that also got contributions from Mac O’Keefe and Ryan Smith. If there was something to slightly improve on, it would be getting more goals and production from the midfielders. Dhane Smith led the group with 20 points and seven goals which is good. But it never hurts to get more. If that isn’t part of they system, then maybe that won’t matter as much. Ultimately, Chaos will be a contender again in 2022 and they will be hungry to show that they can repeat their success.

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