Ghitelman would play the first half and then Drew Adams would come in and close out the game in the 2nd half.
The strategy worked. The Archers’ defense had the lowest goals-against average, only letting in 10.4 goals per game. Ghitelman himself saved 58% of shots thrown his way in the 2020 season. That was 4th best in the league.
It’s a good one-two punch because of these 2 goalies differences in styles. Ghitelman being a short, quick righty and Adams being a tall, lengthy lefty.
If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I see the Archers rolling with this 2 goalie setup once again this year.
Also with the exception of Rabil, is there a more entrepreneurial minded professional lacrosse player than Adam Ghitelman?
Jacob Stover already has 2 PLL championship rings as he backed up Bernlohr with the Whipsnakes for the past 2 seasons.
He’s now made the move to the brand new Cannons LC and is looking to earn himself a starting role.
He’s got the talent. Former Patriot League GoY at Loyola and Honorable Mention All-American from Inside Lacrosse.
More importantly he’s got the right attitude. Something his Dad (NFL kicker Matt Stover) passed down to him in addition to athleticism are mental toughness lessons that are critical for lacrosse goalies and NFL kickers alike.
He’s just one example of why you want Stover on your team:
A team drafting Marrocco gets a pure shot-stopper with a modern hybrid style that fits perfectly into the pro game. They’re also getting a goalkeeper that is entering his prime with the experience and the ability to match current PLL starters.
Coach Sean Quirk led the MLL Boston Cannons to the 2020 title and now returns as head coach for the PLL Cannons. Anytime a head coach wants to reunite with the same goalie you know that goalie has something special.
According to the PLL website, in his free time, Troutner enjoys eating large amounts of chicken nuggets and watching his favorite movie, Catch Me If You Can. So you know he’s a solid guy.
Jack Kelly used to be a top 10 favorite goalie for me. Then I interviewed him for my podcast. Now he is solid Top 3.
I did another interview with sports psychologist, lacrosse goalie coach, and friend of the program Chris Buck and he told me: “Oh you gotta interview Jack Kelly. This guy is the real deal”.
After chatting with Jack, indeed he is his the real deal. Such an authentic and awesome guy. Plus an absolute stud of a goalie. Who remembers the run Brown went on when Kelly was manning the cage?
He’s also got the accolades:
Gold medal with Team USA in 2018
C. Markland Kelly Award for Top Collegiate Goalie 2016
Helped Brown to memorable final four run in 2016 when he led the country in saves (223) and save percentage (60.6)
Holds Brown career record with 673 saves
MLL Goaltender of the Year (2017)
MLL Rookie of the Year (2016)
MLL Championship with Denver in 2016
In the World Championships Jack hurt his knee and has been on the recovery path for the last few years. Even though he was injured in Israel that did not stop him from being a team leader –
Something on my mind since returning home — @JLKelly94’s contributions post injury. His energy, focus, & mental toughness were contagious down the stretch. Made himself as valuable as anyone on the field. Truly the epitome of a great teammate. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Qy7g08K6Gj
The starting goalie of that 2018 World Championship team John Galloway also confirmed what a solid guy, leader, and goalie Jack Kelly is. He’s the real deal.
He was on the Redwoods initial roster but has yet to suit up for a PLL game. I see Jack on the Redwood’s roster right now and that gets me pumped up.
I’m not really sure what the status of his knee is or his goalie game in general but I’ll tell you this – I’m rooting for Jack to return to the top level of play. If he does, my prediction is he takes over the starting role for the Redwoods.
He’s just 26 years old so he’s got a lot of good years ahead of him.
There’s no question Phipps can ball. After a successful career at Maryland, Phipps has shown he can play at the highest levels.
Last season he was starter for the Cheasapeake Bayhawks and also a finalist for MLL goalie of the year.
The Redwoods roster of goalies is stacked deep with talent.
Let’s assume they only carry 2 goalies and Kelly is back to 100% – Troutner, Kelly, and Phipps – that’s an elite goalie lineup and if one of them eventually doesn’t make the team, I think another team would scoop them up.
This one is such a tough prediction since I don’t know Kelly’s health status. Let’s assume he is 100% tho. Prediction: Troutner and Kelly make the team with Kelly taking over the starter role mid season.
Last season Charlie Cipriano earned the starting role for the Waterdog’s very first season in the PLL.
Cipriano attended Fairfield before manning the nets for an assortment of MLL teams. He eventually earned a starting role with the Charlotte Hounds.
Andy Copelan is the head coach of the PLL Waterdogs and was also the head coach of Fairfield back when Cipriano started. So when it was time to select a goalie in the expansion draft, he knew exactly what he was getting with Charlie Cipriano. The Waterdogs snatched Cipriano from the Chaos.
At times the Waterdogs looked rough on D. All other PLL teams had a year to gel and get to know one another and at times it showed for the Waterdogs on defense.
Cipriano saved only 48% of the shots fired his way, last in the league. Then unfortunately he got injured. Can Cip regain his top form he once had?
One thing that was blatantly clear was this young buck’s passion for the sport of lacrosse and the goalie position. It radiated.
Anyone that has that level of passion for the game typically has success. I know Deluca will be great.
It’s hard to enter professional lacrosse as a goalie and have immediate success. Deluca got his first taste of pro lacrosse action when he filled in for the injured Cipriano last season and he did pretty well. Posting a 59% save percentage in 5 games but he also looked like a rookie at times.
At 6’6″ Deluca is the tallest goalie in the league and that height allows him to play a wide base style that is very unique. Like baseball pitchers, funkiness can be a good thing for a goalie to confuse the shooters.
At the age of 34, its possible Rodgers best ball stopping days are behind him. But what is still very much apart of his game is the leadership.
It’s not often that a backup goalie is a team captain but that was the case when Rodgers strapped it on for the Atlas. That just speaks to the leadership abilities that this 6’4″ goalie behemoth gives you.
I’ve never played with Scotty but from what I know about him he’s definitely a guy I want on my team.
If you’re a club with only 2 goalies (or 1 goalie) on the roster, why not bring in the Big Rig and let him compete for a spot?
Queener played for the PLL Chrome in the previous 2 seasons. At 36 years old he’s getting up there in age. He started before Blaze Riorden at Albany.
By the way, if Queener makes the pros is there another 3 starters goalie run at a University where all 3 goalies are in the pros at the same time – Queener, Riorden, Colarusso. Perhaps a run of Maryland goalies?
We know Queener is still interested in playing, he said so himself:
Along with JD Colarusso, Alex Ready was another emergency backup goalie last year. Meaning he’s taken reps with the PLL teams and can play at the highest level.
He laced it up with the Chrome in the past seasons so he’e even got that PLL game experience.
In addition to being a great goalie, Ready is an awesome goalie coach. At the original Lacrosse Goalie Summit in July 2020 he gave a full masterclass in how to coach a goalie – My Approach to Goalie Coaching.
Ronnie’s story is really incredible. From the MCLA all the way to the pros. He’s constantly working his tail off to improve his goalie game and that has payed off in the form of MLL goalie experience with a variety of teams.
He’s also a great friend of the program. Presenting in not one but two Lacrosse Goalie Summits:
Like Adler, Porter is finishing up school at Syracuse so he’s not technically a free agent yet. Does Porter have what it takes to make a PLL roster?
Lots of people put Porter as their best goalie in college right now.
He’s a good goalie and an awesome dude but I personally can’t get behind his style of play.
I’m not talking about his uniform style. Porter has got the best look in college lacrosse and its not even close.
I’m talking about that top hand position with the elbow and wrist cocked. Just seems so stiff and awkward for me. But hey, he makes it work. He also relies a lot on his hand quickness to make saves. I don’t think we’ll see Porter on a PLL roster this year.
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Hey, Coach Damon,
Can you specify what you mean by Drake Porter’s, “I’m talking about that top hand position with the elbow and wrist cocked. Just seems so stiff and awkward for me. But hey, he makes it work.” I’d like to know what you mean as I too am bewildered and intruiged in Porter’s playstyle.
Take a look at that photo I included in the post. When you compare to another goalie’s stance you’ll see the difference. Wrist is cocked, forearm is like parallel with the shaft. Just seems uncomfortable for me.
Got it, thanks coach!
What do you think about Owen McElroy? In my opinion he’s the best goalie in the country this season and definitely can make a pro roster.
Hey Jay! I think Owen is an awesome goalie for sure. I still think it’s gonna be super tough to make a roster. Especially this year. He’s not on a roster yet and the season starts in just a few weeks June 4.