June 17/18 Double Header
Souichi Terada | June 16, 2017
While the Detroit Mechanix had the luxury of a bye week in the middle of the season, they’ll
now be expected to pay up. Detroit heads into a weekend with a pair of grueling back-to- back
games, against two opponents the Mechanix have historically struggled against.
Detroit is in the middle of a season-worst five-game losing streak. While the nine-point win
against the Chicago Wildfire April 29 was a cause for optimism, it’s been a bleak showing the
past several weeks.
The Mechanix travel to Indianapolis for the second time this season visiting a hungry Indy
Alleycats team. The matchup will be the last of 2017 between the two teams, barring an
unexpected playoff game.
Bringing in a perfect 2-0 record against the Mechanix, the Alleycats have shut down Detroit in
2017 thus far. Detroit, however, looks for redemption and a chance at righting the ship.
However, the meat and potatoes of the weekend is saved for Father’s Day. Detroit welcomes the
most successful team in the Midwest division since their inception in 2013 in the form of the
Madison Radicals June 18.
The Mechanix have struggled against the Radicals of late, having been swept in both 2015 and
2016. Madison ran the table against the Midwest last year, finishing a perfect 14-0, ultimately
representing the division at the AUDL Championship Weekend.
In 2017, however, the Radicals have been far from perfect. Madison dropped an early game to
the Minnesota Wind Chill, its first regular season loss since the 2015 season. The Radicals would
get their revenge, though, in the form an overtime win against Minnesota last time out.
As part of the AUDL Cross Coast Challenge, the Radicals lost there, too, to the defending
champions, Dallas Roughnecks.
Madison brings its trademark balanced attack and suffocating defense to the weekend. Andrew
Meshnick leads the team with 20 assists on the season. However, Andrew Brown and Kevin
Brown follow closely behind, throwing 15 and 13 scores, respectively, in 2017.
Colin Camp has been Madison’s go-to scorer in 2017, as he far and away leads the Radicals with
Detroit, on the other hand, continues to rely on its strong offensive line handling core. The duo of
Austin Engel (17 assists) and Dan Donovan (18 assists) have created stability to the unit. Last
time out, too, Johnny Bansfield shined as clear-and- away the best player on the field.
Game one against the Alleycats is set for June 17, 3:45 p.m. in Indianapolis. First pull at Bishop
Foley versus the Radicals is at 4 p.m. for a special Father’s Day matchup.