In 2015 and 2016, the Divas were back-to-back champions and only had one total loss during those championship runs. Last year, they came up short in the semifinals against the Boston Renegades, but this season they look to bring the WFA trophy back home.
One player that is looking to make an impact this postseason is starting quarterback Amanda Congialdi. Before bringing her talents to D.C. in 2016, Congialdi was a part of the Philadelphia Firebirds organization for five seasons. In her first season with the Divas, Congialdi won a championship as a wide receiver. Now, she is in her second season as the starting signal caller and knows that she plays a big part in the success of the Divas as she looks to win her first championship as a starting quarterback.
“The quarterback position is ever evolving,” Congialdi said. “There’s always something you can learn. There’s always something that changes that may help you, whether it’s mechanically or reading the field. Personally, I just need to continue to trust myself and trust the process. That’s what my offensive coach tells me to ‘trust myself and to trust my reads.’ I think if we do that, we will be fine.”
Congialdi is having a great season for D.C. in her second year with the team. She has 20 total touchdowns to go along with 1,425 total yards.
After a 1-2 start to the season, the Divas are currently on a five-game winning streak heading into the playoffs. During this win streak, they are averaging 44 points per game, 390 total yards, 6.5 total touchdowns while holding opponents to just 16 points per game.
The team is playing well on both sides of the ball during this win streak and are starting to look like the team that won consecutive titles not too long ago.
While the defense dominates on one side of the ball with their constant pressure, the offense converts those stopped possessions and forced turnovers into points on the offensive side of the ball.
“I think one of the things that we do really well is that we stick together,” Congialdi said. “We shut out any drama or any issues, and we hold our composure. Our experience of playing together is also what drives us. Going into the playoffs, we just need to focus on penalties. It’s unacceptable and can’t happen.”
The first test will be a home game against the Atlanta Phoenix, a team the Divas have dominated in the past. In the past five matchups, which have all been wins for the Divas, they have outscored Atlanta 224-13 in dominating fashion, with three of those games being shutouts. However, Atlanta is also on a five-game win streak and have only had one loss the entire season. They are looking to get their first win against the Divas. On paper, everything points to the Divas walking away with a win. As long as they play the way they have been playing the past five weeks, the Divas could be on the verge of calling themselves a dynasty with a third championship in a four-year span.