Photo by Jason Honyotski – UltiPhotos.com
Fresh off their first win of the season last week against Philadelphia, the New York Rumble will look to continue their success in a rematch game against the Spinners this Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Last week the Rumble squeaked out a victory over the Spinners, winning 24-23 in a thrilling double overtime game. This time around however, the Rumble will be facing different conditions as they face the Spinners on the road.
New York comes into the game this week with a 1-1 record. The Spinners, meanwhile hold an 0-2 record, but have lost both of their games this year by a combined 4 points.
Despite relinquishing their lead to the Spinners late in the game, Rumble Head Coach Anthony Nuñez is confident in his team coming into this week’s match.
“My attitude is we have shown we can get a big lead on them and we must keep that lead,” Nuñez said. “We are focusing on chemistry, strong defense and getting the scores we need.”
“You will see us get stronger and better every game. We are not looking to peak too early and I am not worried about this team’s mental toughness.”
The Rumble will have to make some adjustments if they want come out with another victory this weekend. Their O-line was inconsistent at times last week against Philadelphia, and they faltered on defense at the end of regulation and the first overtime, allowing the Spinners to tie the game with last minute scores on both occasions.
New York will also look to contain Philadelphia cutter Matt Esser, who has tallied seven goals and two assists on the year and who reeled in the game-tying goals at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
The Rumble will get a big boost this weekend as cutters Dan Heijmen and Jake Herman return to action after missing last week’s game. Handler Isaac Saul should also be primed for a big game as he returns to old stomping grounds. Saul captained the Ultimate squad at the University of Pittsburgh.
If last week’s game is any indication, this week’s game is sure to feature highlight-worthy plays and a hard-nosed competition. Watch the game beginning at 7 p.m. on MLU Live.