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New York will look to pick up their first victory of the season this weekend when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Spinners this Saturday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rumble are coming off a disappointing opening game last week against the Boston Whitecaps in which they lost 13-20. While the Rumble struggled with moving the disc on offense and staying physical on defense, Coach Anthony Nuñez is confident the team can improve upon those aspects this week.
“We are focusing on quick disc movement and physical defense,” said Nuñez. “Our defense will look to lock down the Spinners on offense and make their throwers be uncomfortable.”
The Spinners come into the game with a 1-1 record after losing last week to the Washington D.C. Current, 15-18.
This week the Rumble will be without a number of their key players including Ben Faust, Markian Kuzmowycz and John Wodatch, who are all inactive. Faust and Kuzmowycz both tallied two assists and one goal in last week’s game, and Wodatch collected two goals and one assist. Kuzmowycz and Wodatch also added two defensive blocks each last week. Jibran Mieser, who tallied six blocks last week in a great defensive performance against Boston’s Jeff Graham, is also inactive.
That will mean that players like Rumble veteran Chris Mazur and Rumble rookie Chris Kocher will have to step up in their place. Mazur played in 23 of the 33 points last weekend, catching four goals and assisting on two others. Kocher had an impact as well, playing in 22 points and collecting three assists and one goal.
Despite missing key players, the Rumble will get a boost as Marques Brownlee will be in the lineup after being inactive last week.
New York got into an early 0-3 hole against Boston and could not make a comeback. This week they will look to get their offense going right at the beginning of the game and remain consistent throughout. Kocher said that spacing will be key to having a consistent offense this week.
“Our offense needs to be more consistent against Philly,” said Kocher. “We have to move the disc off the sideline faster and make sure we are clearing space for other cutters. We need to avoid letting our stack get too deep so we can attack the deep space more effectively.”
This weekend’s game will be broadcast on MLU Live beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. For those interested in attending the game, tickets are currently on sale on the Spinners’ TicketLeap page. Fans can also visit the Spinners website for driving directions and parking information to Colonial Stadium.