Following last week’s heartbreaking double overtime loss to Philadelphia, the Rumble will head home knowing that any potential upset of the Boston Whitecaps (2-1) starts with better execution.
With the Rumble (1-2) mustering only 12 points against a previously winless Philadelphia squad, New York Head Coach Anthony Nuñez says his team needs to go back to the drawing board before Saturday night’s contest at the Eagle’s Nest.
“It’s back to fundamentals time at practice,” Nuñez said. “We’ll drill the best choices into them at practice and remind them that Ultimate is a simple game of throw and catch.”
Facing heavy winds and a bend-but-not-break Spinners defense, New York was plagued by unforced errors last week. Frequently throwing the disc away near their attacking end zone and on low stall counts, the Rumble racked up in total more than twice as many turnovers (28) as they scored points (12). Crucially, their two turns on universe point – including an end zone drop by the normally sure-handed Jonathan Cox – allowed the Spinners to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
To stop the Whitecaps’ high-octane O-line, the Rumble will look for improvements on the defensive side of the disc as well. During the teams’ first meeting in the season opener, New York yielded 17 points en route to an easy Whitecaps win.
“We are going to work hard to create more defensive pressure on Boston,” Nuñez said. “Their offense looked way too comfortable against our team and it’s our goal to make sure that does not happen again.”
According to Nuñez, the team is focusing on containing the Whitecaps’ prolific trio of Jeff Graham, Danny Clark and Josh Markette, all of whom are among the top-six point scorers in the Eastern Conference this season.
“All three are great receivers, but we have two matchups per guy to make sure we have fresh legs on them at all times,” Nuñez said.
On offense, the Rumble will expect key contributions from Isaac Saul, who is tied for third in the conference in assists, and Chris Mazur, who is looking to regain last year’s MVP form.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now at the Rumble TicketLeap page. If you’re looking to attend the game, there is a free fan bus leaving from 37th and 9th starting at 6 p.m.