Coming out of a tough loss last week, the Rumble are looking for their first win of the season as the D.C. Current come to face off on New York’s home turf at Belson Stadium, for their home opener at 2:00pm.
New York faced a rough defeat last week, losing to the Philadelphia Spinners 16-21. The Rumble had trouble with staying focused and holding onto the disc, leading to a lot of unforced turnovers in the second half. Coach Anthony Nuñez is certain that the Rumble can overcome these problems.
“We are focusing on one thing, winning each individual moment,” said Nuñez. We are taking this game point by point and focusing on just playing a great game of ultimate.”
The Current are coming into this game sporting a 2-0 record, beating both the Boston Whitecaps 19-18 and the Philadelphia Spinners 18-15.
While the Rumble will come into the game with a few players inactive this week, New York will still almost be at full strength. Andrew Hollingworth and Matt Weintraub, both of whom are anchors on the defensive line will be missed in this week’s game. Fortunately the Rumble will have John Wodatch, Ben Faust, Markian Kuzmowycz and Jibran Mieser all back in the lineup, giving a boost to both the offensive and defensive lines. Rookie Albert Alarcon looks to make his Rumble debut as well.
Last week the Rumble let go of a two-point lead, which marked the beginning of the end for that game. Coming out of halftime, the Spinners went on a 7-1 run in the third quarter to comeback and take the lead, which the Rumble were not able to recover from.
“The turning point in the game came on the first point of the third quarter,” said Ben Faust. “At 10-8 we forced two turns, but couldn’t punch either one in. It was a long point and a couple key players had to turn around and play offense right after, which resulted in Philly stringing a number of breaks together and all of sudden, instead of up by 3, we were down a couple. We relied too heavily on what became a very predictable offense. Philly made some adjustments coming out of halftime and we weren’t able to counter. This week we have added some variations on our sets so we can keep DC off balance.”
Tickets for this weekend’s game can be purchased on the New York Rumble’s Tickleap page.