The Nighthawks led an improbable comeback in the third quarter, turning the blowout into an exciting game. The 9-point halftime score proved too much, although the Current had to work to stave off the West Coast champs.
The Philadelphia Spinners hosted the conference champion DC Current for what was essentially a play-in game to the playoffs. With the Boston Whitecaps winning earlier in the day, the Spinners needed a victory to force a rematch the following week at DC.
The game was back-and-forth, with the Spinners coming back during a 4-point run in the second quarter and following it up with another in the third. The lead proved too much for Boston to overtake, with the final score Philadelphia 21 – Boston 18.
The Rumble hosted the Spinners for a shootout on a lovely Sunday afternoon. The teams were never more than two points apart, in the end the Spinners pulled out a 23-22 victory.
The Spinners kept this game close until midway through the third quarter, where DC pulled away with some unforced and forced Philly turnovers. There was plenty of action, layouts on offense and defense, and some fun mixed in there too.
After going down two breaks in the first quarter, the Philadelphia Spinners put together four consistent quarters to beat a depleted Boston Whitecaps 26-25.
After tight defense and the MLU’s first Callahan score (intercepting an opponent’s pass in their end zone) by #21 Michael Panna, the Spinners were down 1 point with less than a minute to go. The Current, bending but not breaking, tacked on a meaningless score as time expired to win the game 25-23.
After a 20-minute lightning delay, and playing much of the game in the rain, the Rumble pulled out the 18-17 victory.
The Philadelphia Spinners won their first game of the year in a double-overtime thriller. The wind started gusting late in the game, making this a low scoring affair, with the Spinners pulling out a 13-12 victory.
The two top-ranked teams in the Eastern conference met for the first time, with the DC Current pulling out the win over the previously-undefeated Boston Whitecaps. Last year, Boston went 11-0 in taking the MLU Championship.