MILWAUKIE, OR –  The Portland Stags are the 2016 Western Conference Champions after a 18-9 victory over the Seattle Rainmakers.


How It Happened: The first pull went up in the early evening sun from the Rainmakers as they charged down the field to set their zone up on the Stags. The windy conditions in Milwaukie set the stage for a defensive matchup and in the first point alone the Stags completed 40 throws before finally finding the endzone. While the Rainmakers were able to answer back, the Stags dominated the first quarter 5-1. The Rainmakers were able to pull themselves together in the second quarter but we’re unable to close the score gap as the Stags still outscored them 5-4, ending the half up 10-5. The Stags continued to pour the pressure on in the third quarter. While the Rainmakers defense was making it difficult for the Stags to put in points they still had trouble putting in their own and only added a single point to their score in the third, entering the final quarter 14-6. While no team has come back from down 8 the Rainmakers weren’t about to roll over. Seattle’s strong defense was again on point and was able to convert a break to start the fourth. The Stags fired back, but as the quarter progressed, the Rainmakers used the momentum off of one score to convert a quick break. With little time left the Rainmakers had one more shot to get it to double digits but Peter Woodside was again able to bring down deep throw from the other team. The final seconds wound down with Stags in possession of the disc and the 18-9 lead.

Turning Points: After tying the game 1-1, the Stags went on a four-point run to end the first quarter. With the four-point lead, the Stags only kept up the momentum and piled on breaks as they game went on.

Stat of the Game9 points. The Rainmakers were held to the lowest point total this season with only nine goals scored.

Players of the Game: With Grant Cole out with a broken finger for the Stags, Ben McGinn was moved to defense. He was effectively able to field marshal the defense, putting in three goals and catching two of them himself.

Quotable: “It feels fantastic,” says Stags cutter Aaron Adamson. “We’ve been building up to this all year and especially playing Seattle last year it was sweet revenge for us.”

What’s Next: The Rainmaker’s season is at an end, but the Stags will be traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eastern Conference Champions in the MLU Championship.