PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Spinners (2-0) are now the first team in 2016 to be 2-0 after they defeated the Boston Whitecaps (1-1) 18-16 at Carey Stadium.
How it Happened: On a sunny afternoon in Fort Washington, Pa., the Boston Whitecaps arrived at Carey Stadium for their matchup against the Philadelphia Spinners. Both teams were equally exhilarated for today’s game after the previous day’s wins – the Spinners defeating the New York Rumble (0-1), 22-12, and the Whitecaps defeating the D.C. Current (0-1), 17-16. Overall, the Spinners maintained their lead by about two points throughout the first half. Spinners captain Nick Hirannet even threw in a “chicken-wing” greatest to Himalaya Mehta to spice up the half. The multiple point lead faltered only slightly when Boston picked up the pace in the second half. The Whitecaps defense and offense dominated the field in the third quarter, but the Spinners still managed to keep up a lead of a point or two. After the Whitecaps tied the game early in the fourth, the Spinners stepped up their game and squeaked out an important early season win, 18-16.
Turning Point: With the Philadelphia leading 10-8, but the Whitecaps closing the gap, Hirannet made what fans are calling “the play of the season” to score the final point of the first half. The crowd was amazed when Hirannet gained possession and threw a chicken-wing backhand in mid-air which was deflected by Spinner Dustin Damiano before it was brought in for a score to Mehta with no time left on the clock. The play left the crowd in awe and the score at 11-8 at the end of the first half.
Player of the Game: Mehta takes home Player of the Game honor for Sunday’s game, recording five goals and an assist. The most impressive moment for Mehta, and potentially the game, had to be the phenomenal catch from Hirannet’s greatest.
Stat of the Game: 10 points. After both Boston and Philadelphia completed their opening weekend doubleheaders, Mehta and Whitecaps player Piers MacNaughton lead the league with 10 points, each tallying 7 goals and 3 assists.
Quotable: “This win is huge for us,” said Spinners Head Coach Darryl Stanley. “We are proud to be the first team in the 2016 season to be 2-0. Also, Boston is obviously a rival of ours as well as last year’s champions; so we consider this a big win. I know that last season the Spinners started off getting this win at home in similar circumstances. It set the tone for the previous season and I think holding this position again is going to contribute to a lot of momentum and confidence to get them to where they need to be.”
What is Next: The Spinners (2-0) will look to stay undefeated next week on the road against the Washington D.C. Current (0-1), April 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET, while the Whitecaps (1-1) will look to get back on track against the New York Rumble (0-1) at Bell Stadium, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Both games will be available via MLU Live.