Written by Sage Lazzaro
On Saturday evening, the Rumble looked to avenge their opening day loss in a rematch with the Boston Whitecaps for their second home game of the season. Rumble fans cheered on their team, but the Whitecaps triumphed once again with a 20-14 victory.
After pulling to open the game, Boston immediately got a break to score the first point of the night. New York’s Chris Mazur was quick to follow though, throwing to Ben Faust for the first Rumble point of the game. The teams traded points until the score reached 2-3 with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter. Boston scored again to increase their lead, but only before the Rumble’s Ben Faust made a big bid right outside of the end zone and also had the immediate assist, bringing the score to 3-4. The Whitecaps were quick to answer right back, scoring again to take a 5-3 lead. New York would come back however, scoring the final two points of the quarter to tie the game at 5-5.
The excitement carried over into the second quarter, and the Whitecaps scored to take the lead back. New York followed with another Chris Mazur to Ben Faust point to tie the game at sixes. The teams went back and forth as the intensity built, but Boston was able to get a break and take half with a 10-8 lead.
The Rumble showed that they had the drive to win, as they came out on top after a hard fought point to start the second half. However, Boston made it clear that they came to remain undefeated and went on to score the next two points, taking a 12-9 lead with 2:41 left in the third quarter. Each team was able to get another point in before the quarter ended, and the Whitecaps went into the final quarter with a 13-10 lead.
New York was quick to narrow the Whitecaps’ lead, scoring the first point of the fourth quarter to bring the score to 11-13. Boston would answer though with three back-to-back points to extend their lead to 16-11 with 6:14 left in the game. The Rumble and the Whitecaps then went point-for-point until the score was 18-13 in Boston’s favor, but Boston would score the next two to extend their lead to 20-13 with 1:13 remaining and put the game out of reach for the Rumble. The game would end with the Boston Whitecaps prevailing over the Rumble once again by a score of 20-14.