The (0-1) are confident that they will bounce back when they face the (2-0) this Saturday at home.
Though they did not begin their 2016 campaign the way they wanted, D.C. is proud of not only what they did, but also how they did against a tough opponent in extremely unpredictable weather.
The Current to the in a 17-16 heartbreaker in gusty and cold conditions last Saturday.
“The wind was tough, but our guys can play,” said Head Coach Will Smolinski. “We are taking Saturday as a learning experience about our energy – keeping it up and maintaining it – and keeping our expectations high. We can play better than we did this last weekend.”
The Current are looking to slow down a Spinners squad off to a fast start. Philadelphia won both games of their opening weekend doubleheader against the (22-12) and against Boston (18-16). A win over D.C. would give Philadelphia an early foothold at the top of the Eastern Conference.
“In order to win against Philly, our defense needs to clamp down tight and our offense needs to create and take easy looks,” noted offensive handler . “Success in phase two for our team means we’re running the system, hitting our timing on cuts, and forcing the other team into the looks we want them to have.”
Making the Spinners throw against their will is a tough task as they currently have the highest completion rate (92.4) and the most touches per offensive possession (6.637) in the Eastern Conference, as well as three of MLU’s most efficient passers in , , and , each of whom has played over 30 points and completed over 93% of his throws.
Last season, Philadelphia were the league leaders in completion percentage and TPOP, while Hirannet completed by far the most passes (354).
To achieve success against the Spinners, the Current know that they will have to maintain a sharp focus on the processes they have been working to establish in the season’s early stages.
“We have some great athletes, but even more important is to run our systems,” Assistant Coach Sam McClellan said. “Our strength will come from every player being on the same page and of the same mind when they are on the field.”
Though not satisfied, D.C. like the progress they have made as a team already and feel strong on both sides of the disc physically. This weekend will be another test of how far the team has come and how much further they have to go mentally.
“A big thing we have learned from last Saturday’s game is that we have the raw talent to beat any team, now we just have to refine it,” said cutter . “I learned about my teammates’ strengths BlueHost优惠码 and weaknesses and how I can use my strengths and weakness to help the rest of the team. I can trust my teammates to shut down their match ups and that I don’t need to poach off my man to help them.”
“From week to week, it’s being prepared for any individual team,” Assistant Coach Jacob Nuxoll added. “Our strength this year is a team that works for each other, which means doing our homework. Our guys will be ready to execute the plan on Saturday because they want to do well for the team.”
College Night is the evening’s theme and the school with the most jerseys in the stands wins a discount to the next game.
“As is the case in any game, the determining factors will be who executes their game plan best, which team is willing to grind longer and harder than the other, which team has all their players on the same page out on the field, and which team is able to make the most effective in-game adjustments,” said McClellan. “It should be an exciting game.”
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