July 18, 2018
July 14, 2018 — San Jose defeated Seattle on Friday evening, which meant the Growlers knew they had to win against the first place Los Angeles Aviators to clinch a playoff berth. The stage at Balboa Stadium was set for the last home game of the season, a SoCal rivalry with high stakes and a large crowd turnout.
The Aviators started the game with a break, the Growlers held, and after an LA drop, Will Griffin assisted to Nate Bridges for the 2-1 lead. San Diego broke again, the teams traded, then Mark Slader knifed a forehand to Nate Bridges for a third break, 5-2. Each team traded to end the first quarter, with San Diego ahead 8-6.
The second quarter began with 3 offensive holds from each team, then Steven Milardovich blocked a dump pass and Kyle Smith threw a break score to Trevor Purdy, 12-9. San Diego had the momentum and rattled off three more breaks. LA stopped the bleeding with a couple of great catches, and San Diego held to take a 16-10 lead into halftime.
A Michael Tran hammer to Sean Ham kicked things off in the third quarter, then a Sam Fontaine block led to a Max Hume huck to Mark Slader for the break, 18-10. The teams traded, the Growlers broke, then broke again as Michael Tran floated the disc to a diving Travis Dunn for a highlight reel goal, 21-11. After some trading, LA got a couple of breaks back but still found themselves behind 24-16 as the quarter ended.
San Diego rattled off five straight breaks to start the final quarter, scored by Nate Bridges, Marcel Osborne, Scott Radlauer, Kyle Smith, and Nate Bridges (off a crazy deflection). The SoCal rivals traded out to end the game, with the Growlers emerging victorious 34-21 and earning a playoff bid! Click here for a game recap by TVX Sports Video and here for our highlights.
The Growlers were led by Nate Bridges at +8 (1 assist, 7 goals), with Michael Tran (5 assists, 2 goals) and Mark Slader (2 assists, 2 goals, 3 defensive blocks) each contributing great +7 performances.
San Diego finished the regular season at 7-7, earning the #2 seed in the West Division playoff (their first ever appearance) and the right to play the first place Los Angeles Aviators this Saturday at Occidental College. The winner of this playoff game will represent the West at Championship weekend in Madison, WI on August 11-12!
July 2, 2018
June 30, 2018 — Renewed with confidence after a buzzer beater win the previous weekend, the Growlers faced yet another test, this time at home versus the defending AUDL Champion San Francisco FlameThrowers. The winner would control the series tie breaker in the tight West Division playoff race.
June 18, 2018
June 17, 2018 — After a disappointing 1-point loss to San Jose last week, the Growlers desperately needed to stop their losing skid to have a shot at the playoffs as they hosted the Seattle Cascades on a sunny and breezy Father’s Day at Mission Bay HS.
June 11, 2018
June 9, 2018 — After a thrilling OT loss to San Francisco the previous week, the Growlers needed to get on track versus the Spiders in San Jose. The bay area teams and San Diego were locked in a 3 way tie for second, so the winner of this game would create important playoff separation in the West Division.
June 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 — After a tough loss the previous week in LA, the Growlers faced yet another test, this time at home versus the defending AUDL Champion San Francisco FlameThrowers. As is usually the case in the ultra-competitive West division, the fans were treated to a drama-filled night at Mission Bay HS.
May 29, 2018
May 26, 2018 — Despite a 25-20 loss to the Aviators the previous weekend at home, the Growlers were confident in their ability to travel north to LA and steal a road win. Like most matchups between these SoCal rivals, the game was decided by several close plays, momentum swings, and execution in key moments.
May 23, 2018
May 19, 2018 — After their first bye of the 2018 season, the San Diego Growlers hosted the Los Angeles Aviators to decide first place in the West Division. The fans at Balboa Stadium knew these SoCal rivals well and were ready for another exciting, hard-fought battle.
May 7, 2018
May 4th, 2018 — Last Friday’s result was fresh in the Growlers’ minds as they looked to avenge their overtime loss to the San Jose Spiders and stay in first place. Perfect weather conditions at Balboa Stadium under the Friday night lights set-up an exciting and high scoring affair…
May 1, 2018
April 27 & 28, 2018 — In a rare Friday night lights game, the Growlers flew north to San Jose to chase some Spiders around the field at Foothill Stadium. On Saturday, San Diego would try its best to extinguish the defending AUDL Champion San Francisco FlameThrowers. Historically, the Growlers had not fared well against either bay area team on the road…
April 23, 2018
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.
April 17, 2018
April 14, 2018 — The San Diego Growlers figured it was going to be a difficult test as they traveled to cold and rainy Seattle to square off with the Cascades. Obviously, the team doesn’t usually face these types of weather conditions, but they prepared as best they could with rain gear and were determined to fully embrace the challenge.
April 11, 2018
April 7th, 2017 — The Los Angeles Aviators hosted the San Diego Growlers in a SoCal rivalry game to start the 2018 AUDL season. Each team knew the other’s playing style and personnel well, and there were some familiar faces on the opposing sidelines this year. LA was at full strength, coming off a West Division finals loss in the 2017 playoffs, while San Diego came up just short last year and were missing 6 starters for this game.
July 25, 2017
July 21, 2017 — In their regular season finale, the Growlers hosted the San Jose Spiders at Mission Bay High School under the Friday night-lights. The Spiders needed at least one win during their SoCal road trip to assure themselves a playoff berth.
July 17, 2017
July 15, 2017 — Having just been eliminated from playoff contention a week before, the Growlers looked to play spoiler as they traveled north to Occidental College to face the Aviators. LA needed just one more win to become playoff eligible, but San Diego was ready for this rivalry game.
July 11, 2017
July 8, 2017 — The Growlers’ playoff hopes hung in the balance as they hosted the Los Angeles Aviators at Mission Bay High School on a perfect Saturday night. Many ultimate fans and players were in town due to the San Diego Slammer club tournament and they were excited to watch the rivals duke it out on the field.
June 20, 2017
June 17, 2017 — In the midst of a heat-wave on Saturday, fans from around the region made the trip south to Balboa Stadium to watch the SoCal Women’s Showcase game: Team Surf vs Team Sand. This Showcase game featured 36 talented athletes, mostly from San Diego and Los Angeles, to help unite the SoCal scene and bring more visibility to women in ultimate.
May 2, 2017
April 30, 2017 — On a hot and windy Sunday, the San Francisco FlameThrowers made the drive south from LA to attempt a SoCal sweep, but the Growlers remained confident. Each team had a few players missing due to other ultimate commitments but the talent was still there in spades.
July 7, 2016
July 2, 2016 — The two time defending AUDL champion San Jose Spiders traveled south to San Diego during the picture perfect 4th of July holiday weekend to attempt to sweep the season series with the Growlers. But San Diego was determined to stop their recent losing skid and win their last home game of the 2016 season against a team they hadn’t beat in 2 years.
June 30, 2016
June 25, 2016 — The San Diego Growlers paid a visit to the bay area last weekend, playing the two time defending AUDL champion San Jose Spiders on Saturday night at Foothill College.
June 10, 2016
June 5, 2016 — The two time defending AUDL champion San Jose Spiders visited Serra High School for the Growlers’ first Sunday home game this season. The sun was shining and the weather was warm, and hopefully the change of scenery was what San Diego needed to help improve their performance on the field.
May 27, 2016
May 21, 2016 — Coming off their first bye of the season, the San Diego Growlers looked to get back on track as they hosted their SoCal rival, the Los Angeles Aviators. The teams split their previous two matchups, and this game would likely decide who still had a chance in the West Division playoff race.