Photo by Brian Canniff – UltiPhotos.comWith all eight teams back for a full schedule of games, it was a fantastic weekend of Major League Ultimate. The MLU single-game scoring record was set by the Whitecaps and the Rumble at 55, and then tied a few hours later in the Nighthawks vs. Rainmakers game. The Stags have secured their spot in the playoffs for the second year in a row, while the East Coast is still up in the air.

 11 – 23 

In their last matchup the Dogfish gave the Stags their only loss of the season, but with a short roster they were woefully unprepared to deliver another blow to the Stags record. With weather in the mid-90s and windy conditions, both teams struggled in the first half. The Dogfish were able to go up 4-2 in the first quarter, but then allowed the Stags to score three times in a row finishing off the first quarter 4-5. The second quarter saw both teams trading points in what was looking like a close game and finished with the Stags up by two at 8-10.“We made very few adjustments coming out of the half,” said player-coach for the Stags John Thornton. “We just converted every chance in the second half and didn’t make mistakes. It was pretty flawless and that’s really what we aim for when we play.”The second half of the game couldn’t have been more different from the first. The early mistakes the Stags were making disappeared and Dogfish fatigue became evident.“We had a better game plan today,” said Stags defender Riley Meinershagen. “We saw some things they’ve been doing consistently, and our plan worked. They weren’t able to change much. I think they got too tired throughout the game.”Read the full Rapid Reaction here

 24 – 31 

As the score indicates this was a game dominated by fast offensive points, none more so than the first quarter where the Whitecaps outscored the Rumble 6-11. The first quarter was really the turning point for the Rumble as they were never able to close that gap even though they kept up with the Whitecaps for the rest of the game. In the second quarter, New York was able to narrow their deficit to only three points, but that is as close as they would get for the rest of the game.The Rumble looked like they could still be in it coming out of the third quarter, but their unforced errors from the first quarter were still haunting them. In the fourth Boston put the final nails in the coffin and gave New York no chance to fight back into the game.Read the full Rapid Reaction here. Watch the full game here

26 – 24 (OT) 

In what could have been an early look at the Eastern Conference Finals, the Current defeated the Spinners in overtime.While the Spinners were able to take it to the Current in their last matchup at the Dojo, the Current have shown that they are a threat on the road. In the first quarter it looked like the Current might run away with the game by scoring the first three possessions, and the Spinners found themselves down by three after the first quarter, 7-4. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Philadelphia was able to tie it up and send the game into overtime.“The first thing we discussed after our loss at home a couple weeks ago was hunger,” said D.C. Current defensive head coach Will Smolinski. “Philadelphia wanted that game more than we did, and as a team we agreed that we had a decision to make. Do we want it? Those first two breaks showed the choice that we made.”In overtime the Spinners found themselves struggling on offense again and even after getting a turn to sub in their offensive line, they weren’t able to convert. The Current were definitely hungry and walked away with a victory after outscoring the Spinners 3-1 in overtime.Read the full Rapid Reaction here

 28 – 27 

The last time these two teams met it was a blowout that signalled the rise of Seattle in the Western Conference. The Nighthawks had a bye week to address their issues and came out strong against the Rainmakers, outscoring them 5-6 in the opening quarter.“Our offense was definitely better than it was the last time we played them two weeks ago,” said Nighthawks cutter Brendan Wong. “I thought we did really well, particularly when we switched up the personnel a bit, partly due to injuries but also just trying to change things up. It seemed to work really well, but unfortunately we just fell short.”The teams would match each other point-for-point throughout the game with Seattle only gaining the advantage in the fourth quarter. With 20 seconds left in the game and the Rainmakers up by one, they were able to trap the Nighthawks on the line with a pull out of bounds. The Rainmakers forced a hammer that they were able to intercept, and then let the clock wind down to notch another victory on their belt.“We just couldn’t get that last point, and there were definitely mistakes that we can improve on,” said Nighthawks coach Andrew Lugsdin. “However, I think this game was a huge step in the right direction.”A clear game changer for the Rainmakers was the return of Mark Burton, who missed last week’s game against the Stags and scored 11 goals in this matchup.Read the full Rapid Reaction here.

Week 9 Matchups

Boston Whitecaps vs. Washington D.C. Current Saturday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET | Buy TicketsVancouver Nighthawks vs. San Francisco Dogfish Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 p.m. PT | Watch on MLU LiveSeattle Rainmakers vs. Portland Stags Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. PT | Buy TicketsPhiladelphia Spinners vs. New York Rumble Sunday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET | Buy Tickets