Indianapolis AlleyCats face Detroit Mechanix for the third time this season

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Indianapols AlleyCats players stand for the Star-Spangled Banner before the game against Madison Radicals on June 17. The AlleyCats defeated the Radicals for the first time this season. Photo by Mike Gross

With only four games left in the season, Indianapolis AlleyCats (8-2) are in second place in the Midwest Division, just one game behind Madison. They also need one win to earn a playoff spot.

Since facing Detroit Mechanix in week 7, AlleyCats head coach Eric Leonard said the game plan hasn’t changed much against Detroit.

We are going to stick to our system, and really focus on playing mistake-free ultimate,” Leonard said. “We are planning on playing hard-nosed, man-to-man defense and applying pressure to their offense over four quarters.”

The last time the AlleyCats faced the Mechanix, they won 31-22. Cameron Brock led the team with seven goals and a 100 catching percentage. On defense, Travis Carpenter, Rick Gross, Dan Clement and Nick Hutton all had three Ds. Colin Ringwood, who had one Ds and three goals against Detroit, said the game plan wouldn’t change from last time.

Our offensive will continue to be calm and smooth, while our defense will bring continuous pressure on every throw,” Ringwood said. “We have developed a good identity over the season, no reason to change it.”

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Travis Carpenter catches the disc and jumps into the endzone in a game against Madison Radicals on June 17 at Grand Park Events Center. This was the winning score as the AlleyCats won 21-20. Photo by Mike Gross

THE OPPOSITION

The Detroit Mechanix (0-10) none of the games have been close. The Mechanix are in last place in the Midwest Division. Since week 7, the Mechanix have a 10-game losing streak. In their last game, they lost Chicago Wildfire by 22 goals.

This season, Channing Watson leads the team with 17 goals and a 99 catching percentage. Jay Kinzel leads the Mechanix with 12 assists. On defense, Austin Johnson leads the team with 10 Ds. Those are the players to watch out for the AlleyCats.

After this game against Detroit, the AlleyCats will have three games left in the season. They are in second place with only one game separating them and Madison. Ringwood said the first two-thirds of the season got the team to this position.

“Now it’s crunch time,” Ringwood said. “If we falter now, it will all be for nothing. We have to stay sharp, focused, and keep taking it one game at a time.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. on June 23 at Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana.

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