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After struggling to earn a win for the better part of the last month, the New York Rumble locked up their second win of the season at home today, defeating the Philadelphia Spinners 20-17.
Unlike many previous games New York has played this season, the team came out aggressive and took an early lead. The offense was perfect through the first quarter and the defense forced several turnovers. New York held a 3-0 lead early in the game thanks to the defensive line converting on two-straight mistakes by the Spinners. Philadelphia’s offense could not get on track with several overthrows and miscommunications that lead to turnover after turnover.
Quickly, the Rumble found themselves with a 5-1 lead. The Rumble offense as a whole was solid all day with Markian Kuzmowycz leading the way. Kuzmowycz did a little bit of everything, scoring four goals, assisting on two and adding one block. “The points were great but I was happiest about that block,” said Kuzmowycz following the game. Philly began to show signs of life though in the second quarter.
The Spinners gave up an early break but held the rest of the way before earning a break of their own. Suddenly, Philadelphia was able to cut the lead to two points despite the early successes of the Rumble. Jake Rainwater was not as dominant as usual today, thanks in large part to some great defense from Albert Alarcon, but he still made his mark on the game. Christopher Mazur gunned a throw to John Wodatch downfield.
It seemed like Wodatch would haul in the catch easily for another break and three-point lead for the Rumble but Rainwater streaked in and did just enough to break up the pass. The defensive play ended up being huge as Philly got the ensuing break to bring New York’s lead to just one. They traded points for a while and the Spinners’ patient offense paired with some great technical usage of timeouts got them back within one just before halftime.
It seemed like all of the Rumble’s hard work in the first three quarters would be for nothing with five seconds on the clock and the score tied at the end of the third quarter. However, a massive sky over five other players by Wodatch as time expired gave New York a one-goal lead and some momentum heading into the final quarter.
Both teams traded points for the majority of the fourth quarter. Neither team could seem to find a way to take control. Billy Sickles was held in check for most of the day by some solid defensive play on the part of Mazur. However, after Mazur left the field with an injury, Sickles came alive and got the Spinners offense going. With the game tied at 17, overtime seemed imminent, but after a quick New York score, Wodatch made the play of the day on a layout Callahan to put the Rumble up a goal set to receive the ensuing pull.
Joe Anderson said of his teammate, “Wodatch better be on SportsCenter.” Another goal, this time from Ben Faust, sealed the game for the Rumble as they came away with their second win of the season.
The Spinners return home next weekend for a matchup with the D.C. Current with a playoff bid on the line, while the Rumble have a chance to potentially ruin Boston’s playoff chances as they visit the Whitecaps in Hormel Stadium next Saturday at 5:00 p.m.