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.
The teams started the game by trading offensive scores, then San Diego broke San Jose when they dropped the disc and Alec Benton found a streaking Max Hume in the endzone, 2-1. More O trading, then the Growlers scored a break point when Benton unleashed a huck to Zeke Ivers who made an incredible lefty catch, 4-2. The Growlers tacked on another break score, the teams traded several more O scores, then San Diego scored a break point just before the quarter ended 9-5.
The second quarter began with three O trades from each team before San Jose interrupted the flow with their first break point of the game, 12-9. The Growlers bit back with an offensive score then came up with 2 defensive breaks of their own, 15-9. San Diego had a chance to break for a third straight time, but multiple turnovers from each team ran the clock down to zero.
San Jose came out of halftime fast with a highlight reel catch by Andrew Berry thrown to him by UCSD product and ex-San Diegan Kevin Smith, backed up with a break score, 15-11. The Growlers promptly responded by scoring on offense and three times on defense, 19-11. The Spiders stopped the bleeding on O and the teams traded until the Growlers capitalized on another break opportunity, Kirkland to Milardovich, for a 22-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.
San Diego started the final quarter with the disc and scored, and after trading O points, the Growlers earned yet another break score to extend their lead to 25-14. The Spiders mainly played zone defense for much of the second half but just could not stop San Diego’s patient disc movement. Both teams traded offensive scores for the rest of the game (with a SD break mixed in), for a final score of 32-21, a long awaited victory for the home team!
The Growlers were led by Travis Dunn with an incredible +10 performance (4 assists, 3 goals, 3 defensive blocks). Zeke Ivers (4 assists, 3 goals, 2 defensive blocks, 1 turnover) and Steven Milardovich (2 assists, 2 goals, 4 defensive blocks, 1 turnover) also stood out with very strong +8 and +7 games respectively.
The Growlers will travel to Occidental College this Saturday, July 9th to face the playoff bound Los Angeles Aviators in their last game of the 2016 season.
As always, you can find pictures from our game here.