Whipsnakes superstar Zed Williams had a truly historic performance.
Showing that ability to thrive in the spotlight, Williams was named MVP after exploding with a record tying six goal single game performance in what was a 12-6 Premier Lacrosse League title win against Chaos.
“This was for my dad,” an emotional Williams said gesturing at the MVP trophy.
Williams, who is 6’2 and 230 pounds, scored five of his goals in the fourth quarter, when the Whipsnakes went on a serious roll in finishing strong by outscoring the Chaos 10-0 in cruising to the championship win.
“I know the whole game our defence was keeping us in it, and Kyle (Whipsnakes goalie) was standing on his head,” Williams said. “I knew they (the Whipsnakes defence) were going to give us possessions.”
In turning his attention towards the opposition goalie, Williams added,
“Blaze Riorden deserved a ton of credit. Riorden was stuffing me out, and I know I had to make something happen.”
Playing the finals on Sunday, August 9th at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman Utah, the Whipsnakes were on a roll as they came into the finals undefeated.
Heading into the fourth quarter, that undefeated streak looked to be in jeopardy until the offence kicked it into high gear with the 10 goals, which included five from Williams, with four coming in less than a two- minute span. When the tournament was over, Williams recorded an unbelievable 20 goals.
“I had to make something happen,” Williams said about the fourth quarter surge. “We got to the fourth quarter, and you know, this one is for my dad.”
Afterwards Williams got lots of strong praise from his teammate Kyle Bernlohr who stated,
“He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever met in my life. He’s just so talented.”
That talent, and ability to shine in clutch situations was on full display as he led the Whipsnakes fourth quarter offensive explosion which resulted in them triumphally celebrating a Premier Lacrosse League title win.