April 21st, 2018 — Following a rainy road win in Seattle the previous week, the Growlers hosted the Cascades in sunny San Diego for their home opener. Perfect playing conditions resulted in an offensively dominated performance by each team with exciting back and forth action and numerous lead changes.
Seattle started the scoring frenzy, but San Diego answered and then converted a break when Nate Bridges flicked deep to Ryan Lacy for a 2-1 lead. The teams proceeded to trade several offensive points by moving the disc quickly and executing dump-swing movement around the field. The first quarter came to a close with the Growlers ahead 8-7.
In the 2nd quarter, Michael Tran assisted to a diving Scott Radlauer for the Growlers O-line, and Travis Dunn connected with Max Hume on a deep throw for a break the very next point, 10-7. The Cascades eventually held on their next offensive possession after multiple turnovers and timeouts by each team. Seattle sensed a momentum swing and successfully converted their first 2 break opportunities to tie the game at 10 all. The Growlers stopped the bleeding before the half ended with a score and a last second block, up 11-10.
The teams traded 4 goals each to start the third quarter (highlighted by a couple Travis Dunn goals), then Seattle doubled down with another O score and 2 breaks to take the lead 17-15. The Growlers bit back, the Cascades countered, and San Diego scored once more before the quarter expired to draw within 1 point, 18-17.
Unsurprisingly, the 4th quarter began with more offensive scoring, and a Travis Dunn flick bomb to a tumbling Scott Radlauer tied the game at 21 all. The teams traded again, and then San Diego capitalized on a Seattle turnover to earn a critical break and take the lead, 23-22. More trading ensued, until Travis Dunn dished to Nate Bridges for a 26-25 lead with 1:30 remaining. The Cascades had two chances to tie the game, but great defense from Trevor Purdy, Jake Gutkowski and the home team sealed the victory! Click here for pictures and here for game highlights.
The Growlers were led by Travis Dunn with a +15 performance (9 assists, 5 goals, 1 defensive block) and Scott Radlauer with a +6 game (2 assists, 4 goals). Travis should be an easy choice for AUDL Player of the Week with this type of production!
San Diego will look to extend their winning streak and stay in first place when they travel north to play the San Jose Spiders and San Francisco Flamethrowers this Friday and Saturday. The Growlers next home game is Friday, May 4th versus the SJ Spiders at Balboa Stadium at 7 pm.