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Fresh off of Saturday’s stunning 18-17 upset of the defending champion Boston Whitecaps, the New York Rumble travel to D.C. on Saturday night looking to take advantage of their sudden momentum.
The Rumble (2-2) will square off against the Current (3-1) with first place in the Eastern Conference on the line – a surprising role reversal for the same New York squad that fell to the struggling Philadelphia Spinners just two weeks earlier.
Still, New York coach Anthony Nuñez is focused on making sure his team doesn’t rest on its laurels.
“We’re going to make D.C. play the hardest and run the hardest they ever have,” Nuñez said following the Whitecaps game. “Next week, D.C. will give us turnovers to capitalize on.”
The Rumble’s defense was particularly effective at forcing turnovers last week, registering 10 defenses against a prolific Boston o-line. Cutters Quinn Hunziker, Dave Vuckovich and Joseph Anderson each pitched in two D’s to help hold the Whitecaps – who entered the game leading the conference in goals scored – to only 17 points.
The Rumble will need a similarly airtight defense to shut down the Current and their star handler Alan Kolick.
“Next week I’m feeling that our defense will score even more points,” said Chris Mazur. “They’re going to be huge.”
After committing an egregious 28 turnovers against the Spinners, New York’s offense settled down against Boston last week. In D.C., the Rumble will look for another strong game from o-line handlers Mazur and Isaac Saul.
The 2013 Eastern Conference MVP had a slow start to the season, but Mazur notched a huge bounce-back performance against Boston, tallying a season-high 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists). Meanwhile, the rookie Saul had one of his best games in a Rumble uniform, registering a goal and 4 assists to go along with an above 95% completion rate.
If traveling to the game, tickets can be found on the D.C. Current TicketLeap page.