How It Happened: Pumped up by a large and energetic crowd, the Spinners came out firing, outscoring their opponents 7-4 in the first quarter, converting 3 breaks, and allowing Boston none of their own. Coming into the second quarter, the champs struck back with gusto, outplaying the Spinners to end the half with just a 1 goal deficit 10-11. The Whitecaps maintained their momentum into the third, as the Spinners defense looked exhausted in the high heat. Heading into the final quarter, the Whitecaps had tilted the scales in their favor, leading the home team 15-14. As the teams took the field for the final quarter, the hometown crowd seemed to channel their energy and passion for their team into the action on the field, as the Spinners proceed to out score the Whitecaps in the final period, 6-1, while converting an impressive 4 breaks.
Turning Point: After Michael Panna found Dave Brandolph early in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 15-15, the Spinners defense converted two breaks in 15 seconds to just out to a two goal lead and permanently put the Whitecaps in the rear view mirror. After a Leon Chou–Gabe Colton goal, Philadelphia pulled the disc and the Whitecaps took possession. Boston began to work the disc up the sideline, when Spinner Brice Dunn went fully horizontal to swat down a Whitecaps pass. Regaining possession of the disc, David Shields quickly found Patrick Lindsey in the end zone, pushing the Spinners lead to 17-15 and putting Philly in the driver’s seat.
Player of the Game: Brandolph. The Spinners’ hybrid tallied 2 goals, 2 assists and an incredibly clutch late game block, all while converting 100% of his passes on the day.
Stat of the Game: 40.9% Defensive Scoring Efficiency (DSE). The Spinners scored on 40.9% of the points that they began on defense, compared to the Whitecaps 27.8%. While both teams converted 11 holds, the Spinners scored 4 more breaks. Scoring on defense has been a strength of the Spinners in 2016, and it made the difference today.
Quotable: “This feels incredible” said Spinners Captain Nick Hirannet after the game. “It’s been a long journey from the beginning and we’ve gotten better every year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to do this with, past and present Spinners all led us to this point”
What’s Next: While the Whitecaps season comes to a close with the loss, the Spinners will go on to face the Western Conference Champions, the Portland Stags in the 2016 MLU Championship, July 16 at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, in their hometown.