The DC Breeze beat the New York Empire Saturday night, May 6 at Gallaudet University in another down-to-the wire finish between two of the top teams in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). The 22-21 final score marked the fifth victory in a row for the Breeze over their biggest rival, with four of those five games decided by just 1 point including two double overtimes. Last night’s victory put the Breeze in early command of the AUDL’s East Division with a 3-1 record, while the other two likely contenders (New York Empire and Toronto Rush) each have two losses.
The Breeze’s Alan Kolick (#99) continued his hot start to the season, controlling the Breeze offense with artful handling and receiving skills on the way to 34/34 passing completions, 1 goal, 2 assists, and 3 blocks on the night. The Arlington native leads the team with 16 assists for the season to go along with 9 goals. Chuck Cantone (#84), who played for league’s Montréal Royal in 2014 before coming to the Breeze, led the team last night in scoring with 3 goals, 3 assists, and a block.
The Breeze will next head north of the border May 13 to face four-time defending division champions Toronto Rush before returning home to face the Royal Saturday, May 20 at 6:30pm at Gallaudet. The Breeze beat the Rush 32-21 in DC’s home opener on April 9, while the May 20 game against the Royal will be the first 2017 meeting between the two squads.
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Ultimate began in the 1960s and has grown significantly over the past 25 years. It was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2015, and is an emerging professional sport. The AUDL was launched in 2012 and has steadily expanded to 24 teams across the U.S. and Canada in 2017.
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