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In their first matchup of the season, the New York Rumble lost to the D.C Current 28-15 on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The Rumble fall to 2-3 overall, while the Current improve to 4-1 overall.
The Rumble found themselves down early in the game, and though they had a few opportunities to shift the momentum, they were unable to make a comeback.
D.C. rattled off two straight points to begin the game but the Rumble remained confident, capitalizing on two consecutive O-line opportunities. Their goal with 6:21 to play in the first quarter made it a 3-2 game. However, the Current then went on a 7-0 run, holding the Rumble scoreless for nine minutes.
Down 8-2 at the beginning of the second quarter, the Rumble committed a turnover, which led to a break point for the Current. The Rumble ended the run when Chris Mazur threw a goal to Lucas Murphy and were able to cut the lead to 9-4 after connecting on a break point themselves.
A few points later, after the Current O-line scored to make it 11-5, Jack Marsh sent a huck to Robbie Gillies who hauled in the disc to make it 11-6.
The Rumble had an opportunity to cut the deficit to four points late in the first half but turned the disc on their own goal line. D.C capitalized on the turnover and scored to increase their lead to 13-7.
The Current started off the second half reeling off three straight points, and never looked back. D.C collected a total of 14 break points for the game, compared to one break point by the Rumble.
“D.C played relentless defense and were great at capitalizing on the turn,” Head Coach Anthony Nuñez said.
“D.C was very physical from the start of the game and never let up regardless of the score. Hats off to them to capitalizing on our seemingly countless miscues,” Mazur said.
The Rumble will have an opportunity to avenge the loss right away as they host the Current this Saturday at the Eagle’s Nest at Union City High School in New Jersey at 7:00 p.m.
Though New York faltered at times this week, Nuñez is confident the team will improve on its play at next week’s game.
“We will play smarter offense and more physical defense. Everyone will have less mistakes next week,” Nuñez said.