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The D.C. Current (2-1) will look to return to the win column this weekend as they host the Philadelphia Spinners (1-2) starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday inside of Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium.
After a tough 17-12 loss in Boston last week, the Current return to the friendly confines of Cardinal Stadium for their second home game of the year. D.C. will be prepared for a tough contest against a scrappy Spinners team that will be looking to even their record at 2-2 (Philadelphia’s two losses this season have come by a combined four points.)
“From what I can tell, they’re a pretty gritty team,” said handler Alan Kolick. “I’ve always enjoyed playing against Philadelphia because I think we sort of a have a rivalry with them going back to the Southpaw [club] team. I think we’re looking for a battle and it’s really important for us to come out firing.”
The Current started out well in their 21-18 Week 1 victory over the Spinners, jumping out to an early two goal lead only to see it slip away. D.C. never trailed in that opening weekend contest and hopes to apply a similar amount of pressure when they line up against Philadelphia on Sunday.
“Hopefully we get some cushion, like we did last time and not make it close from the start,” said Kolick. “We really want to make a statement.”
For D.C. to get off to a fast start they will have to solve one of their biggest issues – making too many simple mistakes.
“A lot of times it comes down to focus,” said Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “In the Boston game we only had one drop, but outside of that it was poor decisions. You will never get rid of the drops or the occasional turn – that’s just going to happen – but in terms of poor decisions that lead to turnovers, that’s what we want to cut out.”
There is no question that Kolick has been the most reliable member of the Current with the disc in his hands. He has been nearly perfect on his throws this season at 96 percent completion rate and a league-leading 139 throws.
“My goal going into the season was to be 100% [on throws]. Obviously nobody wants to throw turns, but I kind of see it as my role on offense to be more of a distributor,” said Kolick. “I’m looking to be more of a setup man and trying not to take as many risky throws, so I think that has something to do with it. Obviously I got saved a couple times by some great grabs, but I’m happy that I’ve cut down the incompletions and the turnovers, and that’s something I’m looking to continue to do going forward.”
Besides holding on to the disc and minimizing their silly mistakes the Current will have to contend with the Spinners solid core of performers. Jake Rainwater, Patrick Diviney, Nick Hirannet and Matt Esser have all made significant contributions for Philadelphia this year and the D.C. defense will need to limit their impact to come away with a win on Sunday.
“I haven’t seen a lot of film on their offense, but one thing is for sure they are willing to put it,” said Moldenhauer. “Esser has been playing on defense, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring him over to the O-line because he’s been a pretty dominant force the last couple games. It looks like Rainwater is starting to get his stride back after taking a year off, so those are some of the guys that we will definitely be aware of.”
While D.C. will have to contend with Esser and Diviney on deep shots all day, they will be doing so in front of their home crowd.
“We’re really excited about being back at home, especially if you think about how we left the fans last time, with a huge win and a really exciting win,” said Moldenhauer. “I like the idea that we are working with Scandal and helping those girls go to Italy. It will be a really fun day.”
Get your tickets here to see the D.C. Current take on the Philadelphia Spinners this Sunday May 4th at 5:00 p.m.