Week 8 What to Watch For: The Texas Two-Step

This weekend the NightWatch swing through Texas to the tune of visits to Austin and Dallas. The former is coming off a two game win streak, one of which came in Nashville last Saturday. Austin has rattled off wins in 3 of its last 4 games and climbed out of the cellar in the South, while Nashville has actually claimed said spot. Dallas, on the other hand, has yet to drop a game this season and has been living up to its preseason hype. Nashville will get to experience some of the best Texas—and ultimate in general—has to offer this weekend.

Saturday, May 21

Nashville NightWatch @ Austin Sol

Where They Stand: Nashville (1-5, 7th in South); Austin (3-5, 5th in South)

Last Matchup: Nashville’s team is reeling after a 7-point loss to Austin in the 1st meeting between the two. Nashville and Austin have the same number of franchise wins (3) and are looked at as the ‘little sibling’ in their respective markets.

Key Players: 

With regular handlers Tyler Conger and Blake Waldron not travelling to Texas, the onus will be on Dan Chazin to mesh with Player Pierce and Justin Moore on the handling line.

Last weekend, Ethan Pollock went HAM on the NightWatch with 6 goals and 3 assists. He was open deep often and appeared to be able to score at will.

Key Matchups: 

Paul Lally flashed his three-way ability last weekend, with 2 goals, 2 assists, and 1 D in his time on the field. He and fellow 2015 All-South member Tom Radcliffe will be tasked with moving the disc up the middle and threatening scoring against Jeff Loskorn and Austin’s defense. Loskorn did serious work against the NightWatch in Nashville, throwing up 5 blocks.

Sunday, May 22

Nashville NightWatch @ Dallas Roughnecks

Where They Stand (*as of 5/20): Nashville (1-5, 7th in South); Dallas (6-0, 1st in South)

Last Matchup: Nashville has yet to face Dallas, the leader of the South at this point in the season. It will be an interesting meeting on the field, as Nashville looks to show it can belong on the pitch with the team most are calling the favorite to win the league this year.

Key Players: 

Jon Meade will get his second call to the NightWatch line—his 1st being 5/14 against Austin—and brings some seasoning to the handling line. He, Player Pierce, and Dan Chazin anchor a tall, rangy handling line that will look for scoring opportunities against a defense that has been very impressive.Speaking of defense, Matt Jackson, Daniel Emmons, and Jimmy Mickle each have double-digit D’s in anchoring a stout line that makes moving the disc difficult. Jackson, in particular, has put up some highlight reel plays and was spectacular in Dallas 2 weeks ago, blocking 5 Sol passes.

Key Matchups: 

We called the Ray Davenport to Jake Wright connection last week, with 3 of Wright’s team record 8 goals coming from Ray-Ray. Look for the 2 to keep it going alongside Paul Lally, Tom Radcliffe, and Michael Venezia, as Nashville’s scoring threats will need to come up big to hang with Dallas. The Roughnecks, led by that aforementioned D and Mickle and Kurt Gibson dicing it up on offense, have a +64 point differential on the season. Nashville has to come out of the gates hot to keep the pressure up on Dallas.