Growlers Solid in 8th Win

Jun 22, 2019

The San Diego Growlers looked to exact some revenge from a May 4th road loss against the Seattle Cascades and remain atop the West Division.  The Cascades began play with a patient offensive hold, then Michael Tran came out firing with a first throw, full-field flick to Travis Dunn.  The Growlers rattled off two breaks when Will Turner fed Marcel Osborne for the goal, then Wes Groth threw a confident hammer to Scott Radlauer on the next point for the 3-1 lead.  After a couple holds, the Cascades punched in their first break, but San Diego answered right back with a score and two more breaks.  The teams traded, and Jonathan Helton blocked the last second throw from SEA to end the quarter, 8-5.

The second quarter started with 3 holds from each team, then San Diego scored and broke twice.  Bailey Wu blocked a Mark Burton blade which led to a Sam Fontaine dish to Dom Leggio, then Turner was heads-up for a block that yielded a Tim Okita assist to Tran, 14-8.  The Cascades got back on track and traded with the Growlers, but Sean Ham’s scores late in the quarter were clutch.  After securing a Helton flick on the sideline endzone with fancy footwork, Ham followed it up with a concentrated effort to catch a deflected disc at the buzzer, 16-10.

Seattle needed some defensive stops to stay in the game and kept the pressure on after a couple of holds and breaks, 17-14.  More trading, then the Cascades earned a hold and another break to get within two scores, 20-18.  The Growlers stopped the bleeding with a solid Dunn to Ham connection, Seattle held, then Okita closed out the quarter with a smooth assist to Dunn, 22-19.

The Growlers and Cascades traded four offensive holds in a row which significantly drained the clock. After a long San Diego hold, Osborne found Dunn for the dagger break to go up 28-23 with just over two minutes remaining.  The teams traded out and the Growlers earned their 8th win convincingly, 30-25.

Travis Dunn led the Growlers with 7 assists and 5 goals, followed closely by Jonathan Helton with 4 assists, 4 goals, 1 block, and Sean Ham with 1 assist and 6 goals.  This is the first season San Diego has won more than 7 games, and they will need 1 more win (or LA loss) to secure a home playoff game.  Seattle will make their last SoCal trip this weekend and will play the Growlers on Saturday, Jun 29 at historic Balboa Stadium.