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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CILA Summer League Predictions - Week 5

Last week saw a break in the competition due to numerous absences. Instead we had a pick up game which gave players the opportunity to try new positions and play with fresh faces. Overall, the experience sounded like a good time (I did not make it due to some personal business).

This week the league resumes with rematches from Week 3. While the first game will be a straight up rematch, the second will turn out to be interesting since at least three key players may be missing in action due to Vail. As an added bonus this week, all four teams will (finally) be sporting their new jerseys. Mi Casa and Wellspring will wear silver while Clark and Lightning will wear lime.

Current Standings: Lightning Wear 3-0, Wellspring Parable 2-1, Clark Physical Therapy 1-2, Mi Casa Rustic Furniture 0-3

Game 1 - 5:45 - Mi Casa Rustic Furniture vs Clark Physical Therapy

Last time this game came down to the final minute when Clark had a massive rally to squeak out a victory. This week, I think we are in for another treat. Both rosters should be full once again and these teams have already proven that they can play with each other.

This difference in this one will be Mi Casa's hunger for a win. With a goose egg in the column, we are looking to build off of last game's momentum and claim our first victory. Our back line is strong and confident and our middies showed real grit in possessing the ball last time. Our attack continues to strengthen.

That is not to take anything away from Clark, who is still a well rounded team. With regular practices and strong communication, Clark is always a threat. Their back line seems more coordinated than ours, but their transition game is easy to disrupt.

Prediction: Mi Casa gets revenge with a 2 goal win

Game 2 - 6:45 - Wellspring Parable vs Lightning Wear
Arguably the two toughest teams in the league, the Wellspring Young Guns and the Lightning Wear Bolts are always a highly anticipated draw. Last time out the Bolts manhandled Zeilonko in an attempt to take him out of the game. The other Young Guns were seemingly intimidated by Shleton and Mundus on the back line which led to their eight goal loss.

This week the Bolts look to be missing four key players in Shawn Harrington, Bostwick, and the Brothers Greiss. Considering their combined input on the offensive side of the field, the Young Guns may have the advantage in this one. However, the Young Guns are missing Crites (Duke camp) and Zielonko, which could impact their goal production. Co-captain Nielsen is confident in his ability to lead the team to a redemptive victory this week. Regardless, this game should be close regardless of the scoreline.

Prediction: The Young Guns capitalize on Griess & Bostwick with a 3 goal victory

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