The Rumble are familiar with the Spinners, having played them first during the preseason and then during the regular season just two weeks ago. Though the Rumble lost both of those contests, they are confident that their approach to this game will lead to a better outcome. “Having already played the Spinners once in the preseason and once in the regular season we feel like we have a sense of what they want to do offensively,” said Head Coach Daniel Quaranta. “We have made some adjustments to our defense which we think can help stop them.”
The last time these two teams met in their week two match-up, the Spinners won 19-17 in a game that featured multiple lead changes and close points. The Rumble’s 13 turnovers were too much to overcome, however, and the Spinners pulled away late in the fourth quarter.
The Rumble will be at a slight disadvantage this time around as they will be playing the DC Current the night before. Still, offensive handler Chris Mazur is confident that the team will be physically prepared for both games. “Back to back games is something every ultimate player has been training for every season they have played,” Mazur said. “Specifically for the Rumble, [defensive handler and strength and conditioning coach] Chris Wicus has put together a great work out, eating, and recovery plan for us to perform at our top level both Saturday and Sunday.”
Quaranta emphasized the importance of winning both games this week. “This is a huge weekend for us,” he said. “We can get right back in the playoff hunt with two wins and hopefully we are prepared to do that.”
The Rumble may have caught a break for Sunday’s game, as the Spinners will be without key cutter Sean Murray who is listed as inactive this week.
Look for the Rumble to make a push to playoff contention beginning with their game against the DC Current on Saturday, and then watch them live against the Philadelphia Spinners on Sunday.