The New York Rumble (0-1) will play their second game of the season against the Boston Whitecaps (1-1) this Saturday, April 16th at Bell Stadium.
The New York Rumble suffered a tough loss of the opening weekend, losing to the Philadelphia Spinners, 22 – 12. This weekend, they will be looking to maintain some momentum against the Boston Whitecaps and avoid another landslide loss. The Whitecaps had a double header last weekend and played two competitive games, winning against the Washington D.C. Current (17-16) and losing to the Spinners (16-18) on Sunday.
This will be New York’s second game with their new roster, which has an average age of 23. The game will be tough for New York but they will be looking for any improvement from last weekend. Both Coach Anthony Nuñez and Coach Eileen Murray have showed real confidence in the team’s ability to develop into a competitive team. The Whitecaps shouldn’t underestimate the team’s ability, as it’s unclear when their chemistry will fall into place and what they can bring to the field.
The Whitecaps played some amazing ultimate last weekend. In their game against the D.C. Current they established themselves in the fourth quarter where they scored their first break of the game and then proceeded to score five more. Some of the big offensive forces in this game were Carter Thallon, who scored three goals in the fourth quarter, and Piers MacNaughton, who scored four goals overall. The team completed 84.3% of their throws despite the horrible 30MPH winds and were able to hustle under pressure with Christian Foster earning a game-winning block with a minute on the clock and the scoreboard at 16-16.
On Sunday they displayed some highlight action including a greatest by Nick Hirannet caught by Himalaya Mehta for a goal. What hurt the Whitecaps in this game was a low efficiency on their hold opportunities (36.8% compared to the Spinners 58.8%), and also their low defensive turnover efficiency (41.2% compared to the Spinner’s 57.9%).
The Whitecaps started slow in both their games last weekend, ending the first half 9 – 5 on Saturday and ending the first quarter 7 – 4 on Sunday. In order for the Rumble to have a chance in this game they’re going to need to take the lead in the first quarter and be very patient on offense. Last game, Jibran Mieser and Scott Xu were huge forces on the field, each scoring two goals, and Sean Mott, Steven Willis and Seth Canetti were stood out from the rest of the rookies. With no injuries last game, all these players will be back on the field this weekend and are sure to be focused on improvement. Four of the Whitecaps players are approaching career milestones, including Foster who is 3 blocks away from 30 career blocks and Jack Hatchett who is 3 blocks away from breaking the league record (Morgan Hibbert holds the current record at 45 career blocks).
This game will be telling for the New York Rumble. If they can finish the game with a closer point difference it will be a great success. If not, the team will have to reevaluate their strategy going forward.
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