VANCOUVER, B.C. -The Portland Stags (5-0) defeated the Vancouver Nighthawks (0-4) by a score of 24-16.
How it Happened: The Stags came out firing early and built a comfortable 8-2 advantage over the Nighthawks by the end of the first quarter. Vancouver, led by Erik Hunter, put pressure on the stags in the second quarter by getting within four before ultimately trailing 12-7 at halftime. The defensive prowess by Peter Woodside and Riley Meinershagen all game long propelled Portland to a 24-16 victory.
Turning Point: Portland scored four consecutive break points to end the first quarter with Brian Penner punching in a pair of them to take an 8-2 advantage. The Stags never looked back, despite improved offensive play by Vancouver.
Stat of the Game: 317 vs. 193 – The total number of Nighthawks throws vs. the total number of Stags throws. The Nighthawks’ offense in Week 4 was comprised of short swings and dump throws to steadily work the disc up the field. On the contrary, the high octane offense of Portland was more efficient and took more shots down the field.
Player(s) of the Game: Woodside’s five goal performance puts him in the league lead for goals scored with 16. Taylor Nadon of Vancouver was a key cog in the Nighthawk’s offense, finishing with four goals and three assists.
What it Means: The Stags remain perfect in 2016 and improve to 5-0 while Vancouver drops to 0-4 for the season. For the Nighthawks, the loss makes tomorrow’s game at Seattle that much more desirable, especially for a young team with many players still seeking their first victory in pro ultimate. For Portland, it’s business as usual as they remain atop the Western standings.