Indianapolis AlleyCats 30, Detroit Mechanix 22
By Pete Cava
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis AlleyCats combined an offensive avalanche with tight defense to overpower the Detroit Mechanix 30-22 Saturday night in an American Ultimate Disc League game at Kuntz Stadium.
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It was the third consecutive triumph for the 'Cats, following a May 10 home win over Minnesota and Friday's 24-20 road triumph over Cincinnati.
Indianapolis (6-3) scored four of the game's first five goals and led 6-5 after one quarter.
The 'Cats lost the lead 22 seconds into the second quarter when Detroit's Evan Hughes found Monte Jones in the end zone to knot the score at 6-all.
Keenan Plew (Ball State) and Jason Yoder (Goshen College) answered with back-to-back goals that put Indianapolis back on top 8-6. When David Valentine-Elam (Ohio State) tossed to An Toine (Ball State) with 28 seconds to go, the 'Cats went took a 15-11 advantage into the break.
The teams traded goals until late in the third, when consecutive scores by Cameron Brock (Ball State), Jason Cheek (Huntington) and Peter Carleton (Purdue) gave Indianapolis a 23-16 bulge with 1:59 to go.
Detroit (0-7) scored 45 seconds in the to fourth quarter, but four consecutive AlleyCats goals put the game out of reach.
Saturday's game was the second this season between Indianapolis and Detroit In an April 26 away contest, the 'Cats beat the Mechanix 22-16.
Next up for Indianapolis is a May 31 game with the Minnesota Wind Chill at St. Paul. The 'Cats were victorious in both previous contests with the Chill this season, winning 22-21 on the road May 4 and 24-10 at Kuntz Stadium on May 10.
The remainder of the AlleyCats' 2014 schedule: June 7 vs. Madison; June 14 at Detroit; June 21 vs. Cincinnati; June 27 vs. Cincinnati.