How it Happened: On an extremely hot, sunny afternoon during Memorial Day weekend, the Spinners took the field against the Current for the second time this season. D.C. was pumped and ready to go after their two consecutive wins against the New York Rumble. The Spinners on the other hand were hoping for a win to boost team morale after a loss against the Boston Whitecaps two weeks ago that ended their undefeated streak. The Spinners scored the first goal of the game at just sixteen seconds in thanks to some excellent teamwork between David Brandolph and Billy Sickles. However, despite the Spinners scoing first, the Current were in control throughout the first quarter ending with a 3-2 lead. The Spinners stepped up their game tremendously in the second quarter landing them a four-goal streak after tying up the game twice. These two ties would be the last of Philadelphia’s scares for the rest of the game as the first half ended with D.C. facing a three-point deficit of 9-6. Fans could agree that the Spinners turned the tables for the remainder of the game against the Current. The Philadelphia team never let D.C. get within three points of their score even when the Current went into overdrive in the 4th Quarter. The D.C. team had managed to score an astonishing six points in the final four minutes of the game! Unfortunately for the Current, the Spinners managed to keep them at bay ending the game with a 20-16 win.
Turning Point: With the score at 5-4 with the Current in the lead, Spinner Mike Arcata started a team wide scoring streak to ignite the Spinner’s spirit and leave D.C. trailing behind. It began with an assist from Matt Glazer to Arcata at just four minutes into the second half to bring in the first of the four-goal streak. The following scoring efforts were made possible by assists from Isaiah Bryant to Greg Martin and Tom O’Connor, and an assist from O’Connor to Brice Dunn.
Player of the Game: Dunn takes player of the game for the Spinners vs. Current match after two goals and three blocks. Fans saw some great scoring from Dunn, but it was nothing compared to his defensive efforts that kept the Current from scoring even in the midst of the end zone.
Stat of the Game: 1 callahan. Early on the third quarter, Brandolph set the tone for the second half with an exhilarating callahan for the Spinners.
Quotable: “When I saw that the Spinners were down by two points for the first time this season, it was a little scary,” said Spinners’ Coach Darryl Stanley. “So, I gave the offense and the defense some advice with the hopes that they would turn the game around. I encouraged the offense to maintain the mentality of getting their hands on the disc whenever they could, but to make that cut while communicating. To us, communication is key and that should be the first thing on our mind rather than just going for the disc. That communication worked out in our favor as offense got a little bit tighter and we pulled off the four-goal streak. As for the defense, I felt like D.C. was doing a really good job of attaching the high side and were using the wind to their advantage. Having realized that, I encouraged our D-line to adjust our marks by about 45 degrees to make the around throws to the high side very difficult.”
What is Next: The Spinners’ win against the D.C. Current was the boost of team morale they were looking for after their previous loss against the Boston Whitecaps. Next up, Philadelphia will go head to head once more against Boston next weekend on June 4th at home in Carey Stadium at 4:00 PM.