Medford, MA – Here’s a quick recap of Boston’s 21-16 victory over the Philadelphia Spinners at Hormel Stadium on Saturday, July 18.
How it Happened: While the fourth matchup of 2015 between these two teams remained close, the Whitecaps maintained a lead for most of the game due to stifling defense and smooth handling. Trailing by a few points in the second quarter, the Spinners mounted a comeback and were able to cut the Whitecaps’ lead down to a single point (9-8) with 24 seconds remaining in the first half. A hybrid Whitecaps line took the field, and Alex Simmons was able to toe the line for a goal to end the half, Whitecaps up 10-8. In the second half, both teams began scoring at a much more rapid pace. The Whitecaps scored some of their points in fewer than 30 seconds, but the Spinners were also scoring with relative ease, cutting the Whitecaps’ lead back down to two points (14-12). In the final ten minutes of the fourth, both offensive lines played smooth games and utilized the field effectively, but the wind had once again picked up and they were unable to score as easily as they had in the previous quarters. After several turnovers and three huge layout catches, Josh Markette threw a goal to Sam Kittross-Schnell and gave the Whitecaps a six-point lead – their largest of the game. But the Spinners were able to score one final goal after several turnovers with four seconds remaining, and the game ended with the Whitecaps up by five, 21-16.
Turning Point: Once again, the Whitecaps began their second half of the game with several crucial breaks in a row. This put it out of the Spinners’ reach and they were unable to get back within two points of the Whitecaps for the rest of the game.
Player of the Game: Six. Rookie Sam Kittross-Schnell scored six goals on the evening.
Stat of the Game: Two. The Whitecaps become the first team in MLU history to win two conference titles.
Quotable: “After a competitive conclusion to the regular season and battling a high caliber set of Eastern Conference teams all year, we are excited to head to Philadelphia and take on the Rainmakers. We want to bring the championship back to Boston!” – Misha Herscu
What’s Next: The Boston Whitecaps will have the chance to win their second MLU Championship in three years when they face-off against the Seattle Rainmakers on Saturday, August 8, 2015.