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The New York Rumble, Washington D.C. Current and Philadelphia Spinners all entered the 2014 MLU Season with one very tangible goal – beat the Boston Whitecaps. The Whitecaps went undefeated in 2013, steamrolling their Eastern Conference rivals on their way to the MLU Championship. Coming into the second year of MLU action, the champs had a huge target on their back.
For the Spinners, there were reasons to be optimistic in 2014. The Spinners had faltered in 2013, losing several close games on their way to a 3-7 record that did not reflect the talent the team felt they had on the roster. With the addition of a few big pieces in 2014, Philadelphia was looking to make a run at the playoffs in their second season. One of those big additions was Jake Rainwater, a fixture of the Philadelphia ultimate community. Big, fast and smart, Rainwater instantly gave the Spinners’ offense a top level deep threat.
After a loss in Boston early in the season, the Spinners prepared to host the Whitecaps in Week 6. Looking for their first victory against the Whitecaps, Philadelphia took the field ready to make a statement. The Whitecaps however came to play as well, and the Spinners found themselves down 7-10 in the closing seconds of the 1st quarter. With time expiring, the disc found it’s way to Spinners Captain Nick Hirannet well on their own side of mid-field. With Rainwater breaking deep, Hirannet launched a monster backhand huck towards the back pylon on the far side of the end zone.
As the disc carried towards paydirt, Rainwater found himself hassled by a Boston defender who was able to tip the disc as they crossed the goal line. Keeping his head, Rainwater turned on a dime and snagged the disc, dragging his feet inbounds to secure the goal with just :01 second on the clock.