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The Portland Stags are a juggernaut in the Western Conference, but it hasn’t always been that way.
Over the past two season, the Portland Stags have been 17-3 in the regular season, dominating the Western Conference foes. In 2013, that was not the case for the then lowly Stags. Without a win, and facing the then unbeaten San Francisco Dogfish, the Stags looked to turn their young franchise’s season around.
In one of the most exciting games of the MLU’s inaugural season, the Stags lead by one as they pulled to the Dogfish with just a minute remaining in the game.
With the Dogfish looking to tie the game up at 18-18, Stag’s defensive cutter Riley Meinershagen, who had just thrown the tying goal, jumped an in-cut down the left sideline and dove to grab the disc with less than 30 seconds to go in regulation.
With Meinershagen’s relentless play on both sides of the disc, the Stags secured what would be their only win of the season, while the Dogfish would represent the Western Conference in the first ever MLU Championship.
“I tried to tell everyone after that game to remember how much effort that took,” fellow Stag Timmy Perston said, “to do what we just did. Everybody had to realize that what we put in that night got us a by-the-skin-of-our-teeth win.”
This game has been noted as an early showcase of a number of aspects of the professional style. The wide field allowed Meinershagen enough space to close on his man and the time was very much a factor.
After the 2013 season, Meinershagen has been a major part of the of the turn around for the Stags and rejoins the team in 2016 as they work towards their first appearance in the MLU Championship.