MILWAUKIE, OR – In what was expected to be a close game, the Portland Stags defeated the Seattle Rainmakers 22-16. The Rainmakers opened the game with a break and traded points with the Stags until a 4-4 tie midway through the first quarter. Portland then opened up a three-point lead before the end of the first quarter, 7-4. The Stags defense allowed the team to open up the lead to 18-10. The Rainmakers were able to start making a comeback in the fourth quarter once they started winning their downfield matchups. In the end, the Rainmakers had too much ground to make up and found themselves down by six at the end of the game.

Turning Point: Near the end of the first quarter the Stags were able make impressive defensive plays and effectively use the midfield pull to take early lead. They built on this lead in the second quarter to take the Rainmakers out of the game early.

Player of the Game: Raphy Hayes was all over the field with four blocks, multiple assists and goals. He had an amazing goal from his knees after falling down in the end zone and recovering just as the disc got to him.

Quotable: “It was a good start, there is a lot we can improve on,” said Stags defender Grant Cole. “We’re happy to get the result we had. We started out strong, we had a good push for most of the game. I’m a little disappointed that we weren’t able to continue generating breaks in the second half at the same rate we did in the first half.”

What’s Next: The Stags are going on a double-header road trip next weekend where they will first face the Nighthawks in Vancouver and then rematch with the Rainmakers again in Seattle.