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Five Rumble players were announced to the 2014 MLU All-Eastern Conference teams last Friday, including defensive stalwarts Joe Anderson, Quinn Hunziker and Marques Brownlee, as well as offensive stars Chris Mazur and Dave Vuckovich.
The trio of Anderson, Hunziker and Brownlee were all named to the All-Eastern Conference 1st Team Defense. Anderson returned to the Rumble as a defensive leader this season, continually shutting down the opposition’s most dynamic offensive players. While not lighting up the stat sheet, Anderson still made his impact felt by compiling a solid eight defensive plays.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/FQl80uBESJo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Rookie Quinn Hunziker’s season was cut short due to a broken finger he received on a layout grab in Week 6 vs. the D.C. Current. However, he turned heads with highlight reel layout D’s and impressive skying grabs through his first five games. Most notably, Hunziker won the Week 1 Spikeball Defensive Play of the Week with his layout D on Boston star Jeff Graham.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/9HxDp2ILKv8?list=UUxA29gpLZhuv6HdUZPpt2Dw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Marques Brownlee also made his impact felt on the defensive side of the disc this season for the Rumble. A rookie, Brownlee gradually earned himself more playing time as the season went on, due in part to some spectacular grabs. Brownlee ended the season with 11 defensive plays, good for second place in the Eastern Conference. He also won the Week 7 Spikeball Defensive Play of the Week.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/J81kwbxBcnY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
On the offensive side of the disc, Chris Mazur and Dave Vuckovich were named to the All-Eastern Conference 2nd Team Defense. Returning to the Rumble as the 2013 MLU Eastern Conference MVP, Mazur anchored the New York offense as their main handler. After a shaky start for his own standards, Mazur came into his own during the second half of the season, compiling a total of 14 goals, 20 assists and a +27 rating.
Flying under the radar for most of the season, Vuckovich played a major role on the Rumble offensive, consistently providing solid play. In his first professional season, Vuckovich was arguably the most consistent player on the team. Doing a little bit of everything, Vuckovich ended the season with an impressive 15 goals and 11 assists.
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