Final Score: Nightwatch 22; Cannons 31
What It Means: Nashville (0-2) drops its second game of the season and falls behind Charlotte to settle at 5th in the division. The NightWatch still lead Austin (0-3) which fell to the Express earlier in the day. Jacksonville stabilizes at 1-1 after a Week 2 loss to 2015 division champ Raleigh and currently sit at 4th in the South behind Atlanta, Raleigh, and Dallas, all of which sit at 2-0 on the young season.
Starwatch: Blake Waldron (5 assists) and Dan Chazin (4 assists, 96% completions) did a sound job hitting up Nashville’s usual suspects Tom Radcliffe and Paul Lally, who returned from injury for the game, to the tune of 5 goals apiece. On defense, 6 different players registered D’s, with Waldron adding 4 to his tally for the day and Tyler Conger taking 3 away from Jacksonville. The NightWatch were also inches away from making a play on defense on multiple occasions.
Why It Happened: Nashville traded points with Jacksonville until the very end of the first half, when 3 straight Cannons breaks translated to a 12-9 Jacksonville lead at the half. Nashville continued to keep things close in the game until late, when a 17-15 Jacksonville lead turned into a 19-15 lead following a 3-and-a-half-minute point. Jacksonville then pulled away in the 4th to put the nail in the coffin and turn a close game into a large margin win.
Injury Report: NightWatch captain Craig Stewart did not play today due to a broken thumb, but the scary incident of the day occurred when NightWatch handler Nick Peppers was hit hard in the chest on a backhand follow-through. He was taken to the hospital where early reports are that he is recovering well.
Key Stat: +15
Nashville’s 3 stars of the game (Dan Chazin, Paul Lally, and Tom Radcliffe) put up good rate stats against the Cannons and put a lot into a tough loss.
*Honorable Mention* 12
12 different players got into the end zone for the NightWatch, which exhibited a plethora of scoring threats in just its 2nd game of the season.
“We played great… We remained mentally strong throughout… Tough loss, but the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole tale.”
-NightWatch Captain Craig Stewart
Watch’s Up Next: The NightWatch travel to Atlanta for a game against the Hustle on April 17th and then are home on Saturday, April 23rd for the home opener against the Raleigh Flyers.