How it Happened: The weather seemed to clear up from the anticipated thunderstorms for the Spinners and Whitecaps to another extremely hot afternoon. Boston arrived at Carey Stadium well rested after a week off and a win against the Portland Stags. The Whitecaps spirits were exceptionally high since they had ended the undefeated streak of two MLU teams, the Spinners and the Stags in their two previous matchups. As for the Spinners, they sought revenge for Boston ending their undefeated streak a few weeks ago and were pumped from last week’s win against the DC Current. The first quarter of the game brought a great deal of panic for the Spinners as the Whitecaps dominated the field from the first point. The Spinners failed to gain their usual early lead when and even faced a two-point deficit a couple of times. By the end of the first quarter, Boston had taken the 4-3 lead. Throughout the second quarter, Philadelphia played catch-up and thanks to two beautiful scores by Michael Panna and single scoring from Billy Sickles, Matt Esser, and Matt Glazer, Boston was astonished when the score was tied up at 8-8 at the half. The third quarter brought a great deal of ties for both teams. This was the busiest quarter of the game as Philadelphia scored nine times and Boston scored 8 to end the quarter with Philly in the lead by a point! By the final quarter, Philadelphia had the win within reach as player of the game, Sickles, locked in three goals while Vince Reydams locked in two and Glazer and Tom O’Connor scored a goal a piece. As the buzzer went off to end the game, the Spinners celebrated their continued at home undefeated streak with a 24-20 win!
Turning Point: When the first half coming to a close at an 8-8 tie, the Spinners seemed to pick up the pace a bit in the second half. The Philadelphia team managed to take the lead for the first time thanks to a goal by Esser at the beginning of the third quarter. From then on, the Spinners and Whitecaps managed to tie the game up throughout the third quarter, until the Spinners took home the win in the final quarter of the game.
Player of the Game: Billy Sickles. Sickles scored a ridiculous 7 goals, along with one assist and one block.
Stat of the Game: Billy Sickles scored a tremendous 7 goals for the Spinners throughout the game – scoring 3 in the final quarter alone to lead the team’s offensive efforts.
Quotable: “This win is huge and important.” said Spinners Head Coach Darryl Stanley. “It puts us in a better position since the last time we went head to head against the Whitecaps. However, we still need to keep our focus. We need to remember that Boston will come back stronger when we face them in the playoffs. They made a lot of adjustments to try and put a halt to our offense this game and they were very effective in the first half. They took the lead early on and ran with it. I’m sure they will put up a similar or even a greater challenge for our offense the next time we face them.”
What is Next: The Whitecaps continue their doubleheader weekend tomorrow with a matchup against the New York Rumble (2-5) , The Spinners will be at home one last time next weekend for a game against the Washington, D.C. Current. The game will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 4 PM at Carey Stadium in Fort Washington, PA.