by Tessa Martyn
The Chicago Union took it back to the basics for their third matchup of the season against the Indianapolis AlleyCats on Sunday, July 18, defeating Indy 24-18. This comes one week after the Chicago Union dropped their first two games of the season in their double-header games against the Minnesota Wind Chill and the Madison Radicals.
“It felt great to win on Sunday! It was how we needed to bounce back. The team didn’t try to force too many extremely challenging throws and took care of the disc. Last week in practice we turned our focus inwards as opposed to hyper-focusing on what the other team’s strategy was. We found success early in the season when we focused on our own play and how we could improve, so we resorted back to that and it gave us a big win,” said Ross Barker, one of the captains of the Union.
In Sunday’s game against the AlleyCats, Pawel Janas registered six assists and accumulated a game-high of 612 total yards, including 484 yards with his throws. Additionally, Barker led the Chicago Union to victory with five goals, three assists, two hockey assists, zero turnovers, and 371 receiving yards, making him the only player in the league to have at least 300 receiving yards in a game that was won this weekend.
“The key going forward to all our remaining games is, again, focus. I think we were a bit overconfident last time we played Minnesota and lost our intensity and desire to win. This time, we are treating it as a must-win game against a very good opponent,” said Janas.
The first place (Central Division) Minnesota Wind Chill have a chance to clinch first place with a victory this weekend over the Union. However, Chicago will look to pull out a victory in their third matchup of the season against the Minnesota Wind Chill on Saturday, July 24, at six o’ clock in the evening at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota.