The Whitecaps have the opportunity to be the first two-time league champions in professional ultimate history. Their first time around they went an impressive 13-0 en route to become Major League Ultimate first champions. While this time around was not as dominating as their run two years ago, one cannot argue that they were not the best team in the East in 2015. However, Boston is far removed from that championship team. This season's run the team was without Brandon Malecek, Danny Clark, and Peter Prial just to name a few of the biggest names in Boston Ultimate's history. With those guys gone, new guys came into the fray and helped the leadership of Boston make it back to Philadelphia; most notably they were Tyler Chan (21 G, 22A), Sam Kittross-Schnell (22 G, 4 A), and Misha Sidorsky (16 G, 5A).
Boston: 3-1 Seattle: 1-1
Seattle comes into this game after many thought this team would not even be a threat to make the playoffs. They entered the season with only ten returning players from the 2014 roster and three from 2013, the second lowest and lowest totals in the league respectfully. A bunch of young players being led by one of the most prolific scorers in the league, Mark Burton (37 G, 32 A). It looked bad starting off the season and it appeared Burton was going to be the one carrying the team. After a couple of bumpy weeks, and reinforcements came in the form of Khalif El-Salaam (16 G, 14 A), the squad came together and new stars emerged. Andrew Lynch (17 G, 11 A), Jeff Pape (16 G, 17 A), and the Western Conference Rookie of the Year, Evan Klein (17 G, 15 A) became the newcomers that moved into the core group. Their efforts moved the team into the playoffs and pushed them past the Portland Stags.
Offensive Edge: Seattle, by a hair
Every throw they look to score, no matter where they are on the field. In the Western Conference Championship they proved that they can have that threat but still can play small ball by slowly working it up the field. Now Boston's O-line is deadly, converting on over 70% of their O-line possessions, but Seattle can score at any second. On top of that Seattle uses a horizontal stack as their main offensive set up, a set the Whitecaps have yet to see all year.
Granted if any of these players out of their lineups are missing then I will completely buy stock in the opposing team's offense.
Defensive Edge: Boston
Seattle defense is not too shabby themselves. Over the course of the year, they also came into their own. Seattle will force the Whitecaps to work down the field, contesting every downfield cut. The Rainmakers aggressiveness matches Boston's and will cause the handlers to think twice before a downfield huck. A player to watch, that many will fall in love with, is Clay Dewey-Valentine (12 points, 5 B). His stats are not top of the charts, but every point he gives 100%. Often a handler defender, we will probably see him match up with Markette at times giving him plenty of time in front of the camera.
'Special Teams' Edge: Boston
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Seattle will have to come out early and come out fast in order to stay in this game early on. They cannot give Boston time to figure out their offensive style and control it in the first quarter. If Seattle falls behind, Boston will run out the clock not giving the Rainmakers a chance to comeback. However if Gavin McKibben (12 G, 17 A) has another performance as he did two weeks ago the rest of the Rainmaker offense will be deadly and #MakeItRain. Even if those keys fall into place Boston will always be able to comeback, the pair of Graham and Josh Markette (7G, 24 A) will not go down without a fight.