Photo by Natalie Bigman-Pimentel – Ultiphotos.com
In a rematch of last week’s handily won game against the Dogfish, the Rainmakers will host their last home game of the season at Renton Memorial Stadium. Last Saturday the Rainmakers played the Dogfish in San Francisco. After a slow start in the first quarter, Seattle got into the game and scored seven in the second. They did not let up the rest of the game, harrying the Dogfish into turning the disc and then scoring 10 break points to San Francisco’s one break point. “I think we were surprised that the score was so close at the end of the first quarter and that fired us up to turn it on in the second,” said Coach Kate Kingery. “We are also continuing to focus on being a 4th quarter team and I think we did a great job of returning to that focus late in the game.” The decisive 20-12 win numerically ruled out San FrancIsco from the Western Conference Championship game and guaranteed a spot to Seattle to challenge the Portland Stags for the second year in a row.
There are a couple Rainmakers on the inactive list this game. Handlers Gavin McKibben, Jonathan Masler, and Eddie Harmoush are out for this game, not surprising for Harmoush after he limped off the field with a hamstring injury last game. Matthew Neeley, a steady hybrid player, is also out, as well as key player Evan Klein, #2 in goals and scoring and the top blocker for the Rainmakers. The offensive line handlers are looking a lot more complete than last week, so expect to see Clay Dewey-Valentine and Daniel Trytiak back in their normal positions. Khalif El-Salaam will also be back this week, so it’s a good bet that he, Cam Bailey, and Brad Houser will be scoring up a storm in Klein’s absence.
As for the Dogfish injury list, quite a few players are out for this game, including #2 and #5 for scoring, Andrew Goldstein and Nate Young respectively. Gabe Saunkeah, the top player for San Francisco in goals, scoring, and assists, has a leg injury but is listed as probable to play. Taylor Cascino, and important handler for the Dogfish last game with three goals and two assists, has a foot injury but it also probable.
Coach Kingery said that the Rainmakers are looking towards the playoff game, which will be held on June 25th in Portland. “We have started to work on strategies we would like to use against Portland and look forward to trying them out this weekend,” said Kingery. Todd Sliva says that the Rainmakers will use the next two games to prepare for the offseason. “With our playoff spot now officially locked up we will use the remainder of the regular season to get more consistent and mentally prepare to give our best effort against Portland come the Western Conference Playoff Game,” said Sliva.
“We are looking forward to hosting our final regular season home game vs San Francisco,” said Kingery. Getting women and girls to play ultimate at an equal level as boys and men is a concern of this year’s Rainmakers. “The players and coaches are pushing to create gender equity in the sport by hosting the All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AgeUP) fundraiser … an amazing organization that teaches young girls life and leadership skills through ultimate… and sponsoring a women’s summer league through DiscNW that just started this week… [Rainmakers] players have generously donated part or all of their salaries from this season and last season to support efforts to create gender equity in the spot. The team’s efforts are an inspiration!”
Frisbee Formal is the theme for this game, so make sure to wear your fun and fancy frisbee frocks! Use the coupon code AgeUP for 20% off your ticket for the game and a portion of the sale will go to fund AgeUP, which provides leadership skills through mentoring with women ultimate players.
See the Rainmakers take on the Dogfish on Saturday, June 11th, 6:30 pm at Renton Memorial Stadium. Get your tickets here and remember to use discount code “AgeUP” for 20% off! If you can’t watch the game live you can catch it on livestream here.