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Coming off a bye week the D.C. Current (5-1) will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Philadelphia Spinners (2-4) on Saturday. If the Current are able to claim their fourth-straight victory, D.C. will be the first team to secure their spot in the 2014 MLU Playoffs.
The D.C. Current have been the most consistent team in the league to this point of the 2014 campaign. D.C. has scored 20 or more points in four of their six contests, winning each of those matches.
Following the squad’s bye week, D.C. hopes that they can still count on that consistency and produce another productive outing against the Philadelphia Spinners at Cardinal Stadium.
“I think this game sets the tone for the second half of the season,” said Current Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “If we come out and we’re flat then that makes the second half of the season and all the things we’ve been pushing for that much more difficult. But if we come out and show that we’re still playing at a high level I think we will be able to keep cruising.”
If the Current are able to top the Spinners for a third time this season, D.C. would become the first team in the MLU to punch their ticket to the postseason. While a win wouldn’t guarantee a home playoff game, it would secure D.C.’s spot in the playoffs for a second-straight season.
“It would be nice to have [the playoffs] locked in and not have to think about it at all,” said handler Alan Kolick. “I don’t think by any means that it’s a must win situation. If we drop to 5-2 then it’s not the end of the world. But in order to keep our momentum going it’s important; however in a 10-game season every game is important.”
Kolick, who is tied for second in the MLU with 19 assists, will once again play a leading role in the Current’s offense. Kolick and the Current will look to move the disc effectively up the field and put pressure on the Spinners O-line to do the same.
If D.C. is able to dominate with their defensive line as they have in each of their previous three victories, scoring at least four-consecutive break points during all of those matches, then the Current should comfortably earn their spot in the playoffs.
“On defense I’m looking forward to even more energy then we’ve already shown,” said Moldenhauer. “And hopefully that will allow us to create even more opportunities than we have been getting.”
But that task won’t be easy as the Spinners will be brining reinforcements with them to Cardinal Stadium. Coach Billy Maroon has added Marcus Ranii-Dropcho and Jonah Wisch, players from the University of Pittsburg squad that appeared at USAU Club Nationals this season.
“I think talent wise those guys are going to be at the top of the Spinners roster for the most part,” said Kolick. “It will be interesting to see how they rotate those guys in and how they work them in to what their current system is doing.”
While Philadelphia will be looking to mesh new pieces into their play, D.C. will have to fight off any rust that may have built up over their bye week. But Moldenhauer and Kolick both said that they aren’t worried about any deterioration in their play, and are more concerned about finishing the job at hand.
“If we do our job right now we could potentially have a home playoff game,” said Moldenhauer. “And that is something that we want to push for. That is a goal of ours, and it starts with this game.”
Come out and cheer the Current on this Saturday when they take on the Philadelphia Spinners at Cardinal Stadium starting at 6 p.m. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can purchase them here. Buy before midnight on Friday and get 30% off your tickets by using the discount code DcDojo30 during checkout.