WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here is a quick recap of the Philadelphia Spinners’ victory over the D.C. Current on Saturday evening at Cardinal Stadium at the Catholic University of America.
How It Happened: On a brisk Saturday evening in clear conditions, the Philadelphia Spinners prevailed over the 19-18 over the Washington, D.C. Current to take sole possession of the Eastern Conference lead. Philadelphia improved to 4-1 on the season, while D.C. fell to 3-3. Both teams kept things close throughout the contest. D.C. could not establish a lead larger than two in the first two quarters and held a 9-8 lead at halftime. The Spinners scored the first two goals to begin the second half, but D.C.’s Delrico Johnson made the defensive play of the game when he laid out for a Callahan to tie the game at 10. The Current then proceeded to take the lead again when Markham Shofner found Jeff Wodatch in the end zone after the D.C. offense received the disc because of the Callahan. However, just as the Current started to seize the momentum in the game, the Spinners responded with a Jake Rainwater goal to even the score at 11-11. Philadelphia and D.C. traded points for the remainder of the game. The Spinners took a 19-18 lead in the final minute of the game. With 24.6 seconds remaining, the Current attempted to quickly and decisively march down the field for the tying score, but turned the disc over at midfield with less than 10 seconds left.
Turning Point: After D.C. took a 11-10 lead in the middle of the third quarter after two quick scores, the Current’s Brian Marshall committed a foul on a huck flick from the Spinners’ Nick Hirannet to Trey Katzenbach, giving Philadelphia the disc near the goal line. After some patient goal-line swings, Rainwater scored on a Harrinet pass to tie things up at 11 each. The pendulum never swung back D.C.’s way afterwards.
Player of the Game: Philadelphia cutter Billy Sickles continued his impressive rookie season with six points (3 goals and 3 assists). Sickles’s sharp cutting, snappy throws and smart decisions helped the Spinners keep up with the Current the entire evening.
Stat of the Game: 1. The Current lost for the first time at Cardinal Stadium in franchise history.
Quotable: “We have confidence in everyone here,” said Delrico Johnson. “We just have to work harder. It hurts just because we’re at home in front of our fans. We want to win for them. It’s also motivation to get revenge and finish out the season strong.”
What’s Next: The Spinners face the New York Rumble at home next Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The Current have a bye next week. The Spinners and Current will play again on June 6 in Philadelphia at 6:30 p.m.