7/9(NSH) & 7/10(ATL)

Last_Reg_Games Valerie L. Cason

The Cannons organization has more riding on this weekend than ever before: playoff hopes, the American Ultimate Disc League all-time single season scoring title, the 2016 AUDL assist leader-board top spot and perhaps even the 2016 AUDL MVP Award. First and foremost, we need divisional rival, the Raleigh Flyers to go into Austin on Sunday and take care of business. The rest of the burden lies with us; we need to claim our first two road wins of 2016 to close out the regular season.

Despite #80 Stephen Poulos (Knee) joining #3 Chris Gibson, #42 Alex “Kid” Bullock and #15 Dustin Travaglini on the IR, we are happy to welcome #1 Andrew Roney back to the field. #11 Mischa Freystaetter will also have fellow deep threat and workhorse cutter #12 Travis Catron back in the mix this weekend. Despite some injuries, we will travel this weekend with our strongest roster in franchise history, largely due to a defensive infusion of college players like #16 Tanner Repasky, #30 Andrew McKelvey, #2 Bobby Patterson, #34 Avery Van Brussel and #25 Cole Friedes who join mainstays #23 Adam Russell, #4 Brad Seuntjens, #5 Brandon Perales (C), #17 James “Jimmer” Dahl, #83 CJ Clarke and #75 Ryan Chard.

Mischa, a strong, if not top candidate, for the AUDL MVP Award, will be chasing the AUDL all-time scoring title. Already leading the league in Plus/Minus (102) and Goals (76), Mischa looks for 17 more goals over the next two games to take sole possession of the all-time score title currently held by Cameron Brock, with 92 goals on the Indianapolis AlleyCats in the 2013 season. Mischa put up 18 goals during our last away doubleheader in North Carolina and plays notoriously well against both road opponents this weekend, Nashville and Atlanta.

We can’t forget about #14 Cole Sullivan though, who is currently tied for second in assists league-wide. It’s crazy to think that if we had #9 Bobby Ley (College Season) and #80 Stephen Poulos (Knee) all season, we may have had three of the top five league wide assist leaders this season. The current 2016 AUDL assist leader, Dylan Tunnell of the Atlanta Hustle, has 59. Ryan Purcell, tied with Cole in the second spot with 57, and Tunnell both have only one game remaining. Cole, of course, has two games left to play.

In recap, at the conclusion of this weekend we plan to 1) make the playoffs 2) break the AUDL all-time single season scoring record 3) hold the top spot on the 2016 assist leader board and 4) enhance an already strong case for ‪#‎Mishca4MVP‬. BOOM!