The Seattle Rainmakers defeated the Vancouver Nighthawks 18-16 on a windy Mother’s Day in West Seattle.
It came down to the last second. With less than a minute on the clock, Seattle led 17-16 even as the Nighthawks were advancing downfield on the sideline. The Vancouver disc handler looked for an upline dump pass. But Seattle D-line cutter Jacob Speidel was in the way. Speidel had superior positioning and forced the turnover as Seattle went on to secure the win.
It was no accident that Speidel was in the right place at the right time. Teammates Seth Wiggins and Reid Koss had observed Vancouver’s cutting patterns, noting the tendency to throw breakside, upline dump passes. Knowing this, Speidel was able to make the play.
But Speidel is just a part of Seattle’s strong defense. Through Sunday, the Rainmakers defense is allowing a league best 14 goals per game.
With San Francisco falling for Portland’s first win on Saturday, the Seattle Rainmakers are tied with the Dogfish in wins, but the head to head loss means San Francisco remains in first place. The two teams will play twice more this season, giving Seattle the opportunity to take the series if it can win the remaining games.
The match began with heavy winds from the west, giving Seattle a mild advantage as Vancouver holstered its deep game. Seattle handlers also declined quite a few huck opportunities for the sake of saving possession.
The game began with a layout score by Rainmaker Matthew “Skip” Sewell. Seattle then earned a break on the second point from a floaty Vancouver throw, jumping to a 2-0 lead. Turnovers were frequent in the first half. On the fourth point of the game, the two teams combined for six turnovers before Seattle bore down and held to take a 3-1 lead.
Seattle earned three breaks in the first half. Combining with the MLU’s rule to swap the pulls every quarter change, the Rainmakers were able to take a 10-5 lead at the half.
But Vancouver came roaring back in the second. The Nighthawks earned six breaks to Seattle’s two, actually tying the game at fifteen apiece. The teams traded points before Seattle was able to break for the win.
The tenacity of the Rainmakers was palpable as they fought to escape the persistent Nighthawks. Seattle has never trailed at home, and they continued that streak Sunday. Nevertheless, Seattle was outscored 11-8 in the second half. Assistant Coach Andy Lovseth says that Seattle is “still learning to play four quarters of ultimate.”
Seattle’s next game is Saturday, May 18th at Portland. Stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook, and the Rainmakers website for game updates.
As for the next home game, you can join us to watch the Rainmakers on June 1st as they take on the Portland Stags at Renton Memorial Stadium. Please note that the home field will be moving to Renton Memorial Stadium! First pull is at 1:00 PM.