Both of them, as well as Daniel Kantor, sat out Saturday’s game in an attempt to give their injuries that extra bit of rest as back-to-back games can exacerbate lingering issues. This sort of gamesmanship could well have led to the Current showing a sub-par effort against the Philadelphia Spinners but DC displayed an exemplary commitment to winning this game despite the eventual 18-19 loss.
Both teams took their time, trading the first 4 points of the game, as 5:16 elapsed. One thing was clear: Despite a noticeable breeze, each team would be unafraid to let their deep throws fly. The player who, over the course of the game, best embodied this attitude was DC’s Markham Shofner, who threw no fewer than four over-60-yard assists. In addition, he managed to complete a few other just-short-of-the-endzone hucks, tallied another assist on a precise 40-yard blade as the first quarter expired, and reeled in a 60-yard goal on an assist from Ryan Todd.
At 2-2, Philly took its first lead of the game after Leon Chou disrupted a deep look and then completed the break by throwing a goal to Michael Panna. This proved to be the second point in a 4-0 run for the Spinners, which put them up 5-2. This was the first of two three-point leads (5-2, 7-4) that the boys in sky blue extended in the first quarter, raising the question of whether DC would let the game get out of hand thanks to concentration on the next day’s de facto play-off game against the NY Rumble.
It was not to be, however, as DC went on their own 3-0 run to tie it back up at 7-7. This run in particular proved the mettle of the Current, as the first point of the second quarter took just over four minutes and a DC timeout to resolve, and involved 7 changes of possession, the last of which was a handblock on the goal-line by Erik Salmi.
The rest of the game, saw just one two-point lead on either side (PHL 13 – DC 11). Even that lead was mere table-setting for Delrico Johnson’s bookends, which capped a 3-0 DC run to go up 14-13.
As the game wound to a close with neither team pulling away, Jeff Wodatch caught the last of his many deep cuts on the day, leading to a DC score with 55 seconds remaining. The Spinners were perfectly poised on their final possession as they worked it up the field to within 20 yards of the endzone, then moved the disc around between handlers before setting up the last throw of their 2013 season as the clock expired. It was, fittingly, a hammer from one of the team’s most active handlers, Dave Baer, to their near-totemic cutter, Trey Katzenbach, that closed out their season with a much-desired first home win, 19-18.
The Spinners end the season with a 3-7 record while the DC Current move on to their regular-season finale against the NY Rumble to determine which sub-.500 team will make the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The final game will be played Sunday at 4 pm in Arlington, VA, at Washington-Lee HS (1301 N Stafford Street, Arlington, VA, 22201). Indoor tailgating will commence at 1:30pm mere blocks away at Carpool (4000 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA, 22203). Come out and support the DC Current in the final leg of their playoff push!