How it Happened: It was a hot day in Portland with temperatures nearing the triple digits and a swirling wind winding through the stadium. The Stags started off on offense and after the longest point of the game were able to take their first lead of the game. The Nighthawks answered back with a quick score and tied it the only time for the game at 1-1. The Stags went on to take the quarter 5-2. The weather was clearly a factor in the game as both teams suffered from frequent turnovers. The Stags were able to build up their lead in the second quarter but a quick offensive point at the end of the quarter kept the Nighthawk’s within 6 at 12-6.
The Nighthawks short roster became apparent in the second quarter as the heat began taking its toll on the players. The Stags piled on the breaks getting four in the third quarter and additional seven in the fourth. While the Nighthawks were able to get a few blocks throughout the game they weren’t able to keep up with the efficiency of the Stags offense.
Turning Point: The Stags took control of the game in the second half outscoring the Nighthawks 15-4. The fourth quarter was particularly troubling for the Nighthawks as seven of the Stags eight points came from break points.
Player of the Game: With 7 assists and 2 goals Cody Bjorklund was a huge presence on the field.
Stat of the Game: 72 – The beating sun and swirling wind was an undeniable factor in this game and as a result the teams combined for 72 turnovers, 44 from the Nighthawks and 28 from the Stags.
Quotable: “We had quite a few drops today,” said Stags defensive cutter Riley Meinershagen (1G, 2A, 3B). “Just the exhaustion and missing that last 5% cutting in and actually catching the disc. Both teams were dropping more discs than normal today.”
What is Next: The Stags will home again next weekend as they take on the San Francisco Dogfish and try to and lock up home field for the Western Conference Finals. The Nighthawks get to regroup and are on bye next weekend.