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The undefeated D.C. Current will look to further advance their place in the standings this weekend as they hit the road for a pair of games.
For the first time in franchise history the Current will play on back-to-back days to face the Boston Whitecaps on Saturday night before battling the New York Rumble on Sunday.
Ultimate players are accustomed to playing multiple games a day during weekend club tournaments, but the Current have never had games so close together. While the games could be challenging, D.C. is one of the deepest teams in the MLU who consistently uses their entire lineup.
“Playing two games in a weekend is definitely a challenge,” said offensive handler Alan Kolick. “But it will be a good challenge and one that will hopefully allow us to grow as a team.”
There is certainly room to grow for the Current. While their record is unblemished their in-game play certainly hasn’t been. In D.C.’s Week 1 home win over Boston both teams battled the wind in a contest rife with turnovers. The Current were much better with the disc during the first half of their Week 2 victory against the Philadelphia Spinners, but were still sloppy with possession in the third and fourth quarters. Following practices during their bye week, the Current hope to display a much more polished product on the field this weekend.
“We are ready to break out,” said Defensive Head Coach Will Smolinski. “We made some small but good changes this week that should help us keep the disc moving and help guys find space.”
Smolinski said that preparing for two games in a single weekend presents some issues because the team needs to be equally ready for both contests.
“We focused on our biggest issue at practice this week and that is D-line offense,” said Smolinski.
The Current have come away victorious in each of their matches this season, but the team is not entirely happy with how they have executed on offense or defense.
“We have executed well at times and at other times the offense has looked stagnant,” said Kolick. “There is definitely a feeling out process at the beginning of each year and a re-learning of the offense coming off of the more recent club season. Hopefully we are able to get better each week.”
D.C. (2-0) will get to challenge themselves this weekend as Boston (1-2), who dropped a 19-18 double overtime decision to the Current in Week 1, will be looking to get back to a .500 record. New York (0-2) will be hungry to snag their first victory of the 2015 campaign.
“We are ready for the back to back,” said Smolinski. “It will be tough, but our guys are in shape and we use the entire roster every game. Every win counts equally and two wins would put us in an even better spot. We are already at the top of the standings and are taking everybody’s best shot. But we don’t want to make the mistake of putting to much value on any one regular season game and losing sight of our process.”