On June 1st, I wrote my first PLL article, predicting the records of each team and where they would rank against each other. Almost a third of the way through the season, some of these predictions are turning out similar to how I thought.
One, however, did not. In fact, the prediction I originally made, will never be satisfied. The team that I was incorrect about is the Chrome. In all honesty, I couldn’t have been further from correct. I predicted this team to go 2-8, and they have already beaten out my prediction. The best part is, this team hasn’t lost a single game, looking at an incredibly promising 3-0.
Every week, I look at the standings and wonder where I went wrong. Honestly, I tore into this team, talking about how picking Logan Wisnauskas over Chris Gray at No. 1 was “possibly the worst draft fumble in recent sports memory”.
But looking at it now, Wisnauskas is actually having a clearly better season than Gray. They both tie at 4th for points scored, but Wisnauskas has more goals, has taken more shots, and has made a higher percentage of those shots. Gray has shot the ball less than Wisnauskas, yet still manages to make less of those shots as well.
As I look back at my original predictions, I still agree with some of what I said. Looking at it from the outside, this Chrome team is outperforming every expectation. With this team leading the PLL power rankings and destroying every team they’ve faced, my fellow PLL fans are wondering: How?
Led by the surprise rookie Logan Wisnauskas, this Chrome team is absolutely loaded on offense. Three players in the top 10 for points scored, with Wisnauskas at 4, Dylan Molloy at 6, and Branden Nichtern at 7. Each of these guys as 11 points to their name, with a combine 12 assists between them.
Sean Sconone is holding down the net, placing 3rd in the league in save percentage, while the Chrome defense holds down the fort. JT Giles-Harris has 5 caused turnovers, placing him at 3rd, with Michael Manley close behind with 4.
The reason I am relying so heavily on statistics is due to something I said at the beginning of the season. In my preseason predictions, I wrote, “With no other player even close to leading in any major statistical category last season, Chrome fans are lucky I didn’t put them dead last.”
I am eating those words. This club now has players at each position leading in most major statistical categories. These players, as a unit, have come together and put on a show, with Wisnauskas and crew at the helm.
Although the Chrome players are individually having an amazing season, having great performers doesn’t equate to success. The team needs to be able to function as one, making each other better.
They have managed to do just that. Out of all PLL teams, they are 3rd in scores and 2nd in total goals, with their 3 attackmen filling up the stat sheet. Although they are scoring such a high quantity of goals, they still manage to have the second-highest shot percentage in the league, making them easily a top 2 most effective offensive programs in Lacrosse.
With the help of Connor Farrell, the Chrome are 3rd in the PLL in faceoff percentage, and Connor leads the league in ground balls. The faceoff could very well be the most important part of the game, giving a team-first chance at possession, and in turn, the best chance to score.
Lastly, and possibly most importantly, they lead the league in causing turnovers. Not only does this team put up insane offensive numbers and win at the line, but when worse comes to worst and the ball goes the other way, they’re the best in the game at getting the ball right back.
This Chrome team is surprising. It’s almost out of nowhere. They have put together an incredible start to the season, and I hope they have continued success. I may have ranked them low, but I want them to win. If anything, this experience taught me a new lesson: NEVER underestimate the Wiz.