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The Rumble look to get back to their winning ways this week as they host the Boston Whitecaps this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Last week the Rumble played a tight contest with the D.C. Current, but could not respond to a four goal run by D.C. in the third quarter and eventually fell 21-17. The Rumble currently hold a 1-3 overall record and sit in last place in the Eastern Conference, but a victory this week against the 2-3 Whitecaps would certainly bring them right back into the conversation for first place.
New York first faced Boston in their opening game of the season in week two, with the Whitecaps coming out on top 20-13. Boston took an early 3-0 lead in that game and never relinquished it. However, the Rumble were missing key players in that game including Robbie Gillies, John Wodatch and Marques Brownlee, who are all active this week.
Markian Kuzmowycz said that this time around the Whitecaps will be facing a more polished Rumble team. “This matchup is totally different than when we faced them in week two,” Kuzmowycz said. “For one, we get to play our home game actually at home instead of in Boston – it’s always better to play at home. We were playing without a lot of our big contributors like Robbie [Gillies], [John] Wodatch, Albert [Alarcon], Sean [Murray], and Marques [Brownlee] in Week [two], so we just have deeper lines this time around. Our offense is also playing much more efficient ultimate right now, so I think we stack up a lot better this time around.”
The Rumble will be missing some key players this week as well, however. Jibran Mieser will miss the remainder of the season with a lisfranc fracture, and Quinn Hunziker and Chris Gwinner are both inactive.
That will mean that players like Kuzmowycz and David Vuckovich will need to step up their games to overcome the losses.
Coming off a close loss last week, it is important for the Rumble to find the small areas in their game that need improvement. Kuzmowycz said that this week the team would be focusing on having their offense play more pressured defense after a turn and keeping their defense on the field. “Our offense has to generate more pressure after we turn it, limit the breaks and play a little smarter as the clock winds down on quarters,” Kuzmowycz said. “Our D has done a good job of pressuring our opponents and forcing turns. If we can convert efficiently and keep our defense on the field we will be in a good spot to win on Sunday.”
Tickets for this weekend’s game can be purchased on the New York Rumble’s Ticketleap Page.