The Rumble will look to start a new winning streak this week as they travel to Boston to take on the Whitecaps this Saturday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
After two losses in a row at the hands of D.C, New York sits in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-4 record. However, a victory this week against the second place Boston team, who currently have a 3-3 record, will certainly improve the Rumble’s playoff hopes.
Unfortunately for the Rumble, they will be missing a number of key players this week, including Ben Faust, Dave Vuckovich, Jonathan Cox, Quinn Hunziker and Ignacio Yz, as well as Jack Marsh, who will miss the remainder of the season.
However, as Isaac Saul noted, regardless of who is missing this week, the Rumble will be successful if each individual player wins his specific matchup.
“The best thing for our team to do is take personal accountability. We’re going to be down a bunch of key players again this weekend, and we need to take ownership of our individual matchups, go out there and win them,” Saul said.
The Rumble are 1-1 against the Whitecaps this season. The last time these two teams met, the Rumble came out on top, winning 18-17 in a home game at the Eagle’s Nest in New Jersey. Chris Mazur played very well that game, tallying eight points on two goals and six assists to go along with two defenses. Saul also chipped in with a solid game as well, scoring five points of his own.
The Rumble know, still, that this is a new game in a different location. This time the game will be played on the Whitecaps’ home turf, a place where Boston has yet to lose a game.
“While I think it’s great to pull positives from [the Boston win], this will be an entirely different game with entirely different matchups, the same way it is every week. Boston has yet to lose a game at home, and we’re going up with a skeleton roster of 15 talented, hard-working ultimate players. We need to forget everything that’s happened, go out and get a win with our legs and our brains,” Saul said.
The Rumble will look to contain Whitecaps players Henry Brecher and Jim Foster, who played large roles the last time these two teams met. Brecher tallied five points in that game and Foster collected four points. The Whitecaps will be without a number of key players this weekend, though, including Teddy Browar-Jarus, Jeremy Nixon, and Jack Hatchett. In the previous meeting of these two teams, Browar-Jarus collected three goals and Hatchett contributed two defenses.
In their two recent losses against D.C., New York struggled to get and maintain an early lead. If the Rumble are able to strike early against the Whitecaps to control the tempo, they should be able to hand Boston their first home loss.
Check the game out on MLU Live beginning at 7:00 p.m.