Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/21
From Staff Report
Chase Fraser (Neumann) scored four goals and Patrick Resch (La Salle) provided key defense at short-stick midfield as Chaos defeated the Whipsnakes, 14-9, in the Premier Lacrosse League championship today at Audi Field in Washington D.C.
After starting the season 0-3 and entering the playoffs as the sixth seed, Chaos continued its dominance in the PLL playoffs by toppling two of the top three seeds and now the two-time defending champion.
Dhane Smith (2G, 4A), Josh Byrne (2G, 2A) and Chris Cloutier (2G, 2A) also had big days to help the offense and league MVP Blaze Riorden made 15 saves to earn game MVP honors.
Meanwhile, Jarrod Neumann shut down Matt Rambo (La Salle), holding the MVP of the Whips’ first title run to one assist on one shot.
Max Adler was also a key, winning 13-of-26 face-offs against 2020 Face-Off Specialist of the Year Joe Nardella.
Resch had on groundball for Chaos.
Fraser, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of the top stories of the year. A box standout, he had last played field lacrosse at Neumann in 2017 when he scored 66 goals in 18 games.
Byrne recommended Chaos sign him during the season despite the fact Fraser was lugging materials at a rubber and plastics manufacturer in the off months from his successful career as a box player in the National Lacrosse League.
Fraser scored 12 goals in the regular season and added six in the playoffs.
The Whipsnakes had whipped Chaos in a 13-7 win in Week 1.