PLL: Classic Whipsnakes/Redwoods match interrupted by lightning

Whipsnakes’ Kyle Bernlohr makes an athletic save against Redwoods’ Ryder Garnsey in Premier Lacrosse League action. (Photo credit: PLL)

Summer lacrosse is often met with Mother Nature attempting to steal the show. Friday night’s PLL game between the Whipsnakes and Redwoods was one of those games. Tied at three at the of the first quarter, and with the sun still trying to shine, the game was postponed for lightning in the area.

The delay didn’t hamper the Whipsnakes, who roared back from a 9-8 third quarter deficit to win 14-12.

Matt Rambo, slated to return from injury, seemed to be the only question for the Whipsnakes after missing several weeks, but he didn’t disappoint. Rambo ended the night with four goals and two assists. With his shot percentage at 50%, the team appeared to play more confidently with his return.

Also leading the Whipsnakes was Zed Williams who netted five. Jay Carlson and Will Haus each scored twice, while Brad Smith added one. Kyle Bernlohr came up with some big saves in the game’s dying minutes, finishing with eight saves.

Myles Jones had seven points (4G/3A) for the Redwoods, who fall to 4-4. Ryder Garnsey had three goals and Jules Heningburg had two. Sergio Perkovic, Matt Kavanagh, and Charlie Bertrand each had one. It is evident that the Redwoods need to have more offense from all of their players if they want to win a championship.

Again, weather was a factor in this one. The teams were tied at three going into the second quarter, but the lengthy weather delay interrupted the flow of the game for some fans. Even though the Redwoods regrouped and came out ahead in goals 4-2 in the third quarter, the Whipsnakes had the final say as they dominated quarter four and, ultimately, won the game after a four-goal run that had Matt Rambo looking like the MVP.