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After keeping the game close with the Whitecaps in the first half of the game, New York could not recover from an early second half deficit in their season opener and lost to the Boston, 22-14.
Boston took the lead on the first point of the game and never relinquished it. Though New York made a run in the second quarter, it was not enough as they fell to 0-1 on the season. The Whitecaps, meanwhile, began the season at 1-0 and continued their undefeated streak that dates back to last season.
After both teams opened the game trading points, Boston secured the first break of the game with 4:27 remaining in the first quarter to go up 3-1. Following the score, the Rumble had an opportunity to respond with a score of their own but handler Chris Mazur was unable to pull in the disc on a layout attempt in the end zone. Boston used the turnover to their advantage, marching down the field and scoring again to increase their lead to 4-1.
After Boston scored on the following point, New York used a dump swing near the Whitecaps’ end zone to set up Dan Heijmen for the easy assist to stop the Boston scoring run and make it 5-2. Both teams then traded points and the Rumble finished the first quarter down 6-3.
The Whitecaps started another scoring run in the second quarter following a miscommunication between Mazur and cutter Dave Vuckovich that resulted in a turnover in the Boston end zone. Boston went up 9-4 after the run, but the Rumble responded, scoring three straight points highlighted by a bookends point by Jonathan Cox that made it 9-7. New York went into halftime down 10-7.
The Rumble traded points with the Whitecaps to open the second half but found themselves down 18-10 at the end of the third quarter following a four-point run by Boston to end the quarter. Both teams traded points throughout the fourth quarter leading to the 22-14 final score.
Despite the loss, Quinn Hunziker came through with the most impressive defensive play of the weekend. With three minutes to go in the first half, the Whitecaps tried a backhand huck to Jeff Graham. It appeared to be a simple catch for the 2013 Championship MVP, but Hunziker caught up to his man for a fully horizontal layout D.
New York will have three more opportunities to play the Whitecaps during the regular season. While the Rumble players were obviously disappointed with the result, head coach Anthony Nuñez said the game was filled with positive learning experiences.
“I think with every point the team learned more and more about themselves,” Nuñez said. “While we have some awesome talent we learned that talent alone will not win us the game and I look forward to our next meeting with Boston.”
The Rumble return to action next week on Saturday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. in their home opener against the Philadelphia Spinners. Single game tickets, mini plans and season tickets are on sale now.
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