The Philadelphia Spinners fell to the Boston Whitecaps in a game that Boston dominated, defeating Philadelphia, 24-18.
After losing last week’s contest against the Current on the back of a poor third quarter in which the Spinners (1-4) scored just one point, Head Coach Billy Maroon hoped that his team would avoid a similar chain of events on the road against last year’s champions in a game the Spinners needed to stay in the Eastern Conference race.
Instead, Maroon saw much of the same from his team. In the second quarter, which began with Boston holding just two against Philadelphia, the Spinners were outscored, 9-4.
“This was the second-straight contest where we allowed a 6-0 run and only scored two in a quarter,” Maroon said.
Much of this came from the Spinners’ inability to complete their hucks. Philadelphia has shown this season that it is not afraid to put the disc deep, and Boston had shown vulnerability with the deep shot, but it was not to be on this night. In the second quarter, numerous hucks sailed, including one that was meant for a wide-open Dave Baer but would instead sail out of the back of the end zone.
“It seems like we got a little desperate,” Maroon said.
Still, from Maroon’s standpoint, the second quarter was much more about Philadelphia’s poor play than it was about Boston’s intense defensive presence on the 6-0 run the Whitecaps went on in the second.
“I don’t think that Boston earned any of those D’s during that run,” Maroon said.
Drops and throwaways added up in that second quarter at an alarming rate for Philadelphia.
When the Spinners entered into the second half, they were able to clean up a bit, holding the Whitecaps to just three points in the third, but it was still not enough after allowing Boston to jump out to a seven-point advantage in the second.
The Spinners would out score the Whitecaps by one in the second half, but once Boston opened up its lead, it cruised to victory.
Patrick Diviney had another strong performance for the Spinners. He has been a bright spot for the team despite Philadelphia’s record. In addition, Jake Rainwater looked healthier, making plays that reminded fans of why he was the runner-up for the MVP award in 2012.
The Whitecaps will be back for more against the Spinners on Saturday, while Philadelphia will attempt to protect its home turf and keep its playoff chances alive.