The Boston Whitecaps were able to complete an undefeated season, going out in style by overcoming injuries and and a furious challenge by their opponent, the SF Dogfish. In the end, as in every other game this year, Boston’s offense was too strong, once again scoring at least 20 points.
Because of the MLU format in its inaugural season, these two teams, the East and West conference powerhouses, had not met in the regular season. Just like in baseball before interleague play, there were many questions about which team and which coast had the more dominant Ultimate competition.
At Franklin Field in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation, the Whitecaps capped the MLU season and birthed the sport into the public consciousness.
The Whitecaps win was a little bittersweet as they lost captain Jeff Graham to injury in the third quarter.
Graham was injured when trying to defend a hammer in a very scary play. He was carried off on a stretcher, but was clearly alert and moving as he left the field.
San Francisco was able to make the game close, but were only able to score a single point in the 2nd quarter, which ultimately proved to be their downfall. The Dogfish closed the contest to a single point, but the Whitecaps rebounded with a strong fourth quarter opening that left little doubt who the better team was.
The Dogfish were also hit with the injury bug as key players from their 2013 campaign, Beau Kittredge, Ashlin Joye and Mac Taylor, were all unavailable for the final.
Congratulations to the Whitecaps. Let’s see how long their undefeated streak lasts. With the talent that they have, it could be a while before the rest of the league catches up. Is it too early to talk dynasty?