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It was a tale of two halves as the New York Rumble dropped Saturday’s contest against the Philadelphia Spinners 16-21.
The Rumble traveled to Colonial Stadium in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. for their second game of the season. However, they brought a light squad with many players injured or inactive, including Week 2 stars Jibran Mieser and John Wodatch. Veterans Ben Faust, Markian Kuzmowycz, Jake Herman and Sean Murray also missed the game for New York. However, they gained 2014 team MVP Dave Vuckovich and defensive star Marques Brownlee, who made their 2015 debuts.
Coming off a 13-20 loss at the hands of the Boston Whitecaps, New York came out hot to start the game, quickly taking a 2-0 lead. New York looked confident on both sides of the disc with numerous layout blocks on defense and some big hucks and catches on offense. Marques Brownlee looked to be on his way to earning himself the player of the game, scoring three goals and getting a huge layout block in the end zone in the first half.
New York looked extremely comfortable maintaining their lead, going up by as many as four points in the first half. New York routinely found themselves open downfield as Chris Mazur, Mike Hennessy and Dave Vuckovich were all on the throwing and receiving end of some big hucks. The Spinners clawed their way back to cut the Rumble lead to two as the teams headed to the locker rooms with the Rumble leading 10-8 at halftime.
The second half told a very different story. The Spinners came out extremely hot, playing very aggressive defense to start the third quarter, immediately scoring three goals and stunning the Rumble as they took an 11-10 lead. The confident Rumble offense began playing sloppy and reverting back to the type of offense they played Week 1 versus the Whitecaps. The Spinners were able to run all over the Rumble in the second half as they ran the score up by as many as six goals. Matt Glazer took over the game for the Spinners with a game-high five goals, while also adding one assist. Dave Baer also had a strong game, adding six assists for the Spinners, who would eventually prevail over the Rumble 16-21.
“We didn’t have the depth tonight to carry us through,” said Head Coach Anthony Nuñez. “After this week, we won’t have any excuses and there are obvious tweaks we need to make. I’m confident we can show the fans the Rumble team they saw in the first half for an entire game.”
The Rumble will return home next Sunday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m., as they take on the Washington D.C. Current for their first home game of the season. Look for a venue announcement from the Rumble early next week. Tickets are currently on sale on the Rumble TicketLeap page.