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The New York Rumble entered the game desperate for a win following two losses to open the season. The team finally managed to snag its first win in over a year, defeating the D.C. Current 16-13.
New York and D.C. kept the fans entertained on Mother’s Day with an exciting game that featured some huge grabs by John Wodatch and Delrico Johnson, in addition to some great layouts from Jibran Mieser and Dominique Gibson. Patient offense won this game for the Rumble.
New York’s offensive unit did not commit a single turnover in the first half and only had three turnovers the entire game. Chris Mazur played a strong game with four assists and one goal, while Chris Kocher chipped in with three goals and two assists. Rookie Josue Alorro also stepped up with an impressive game, adding four assists. A revitalized defensive line seemed to click just before halftime. The Rumble finally had Mieser, Albert Alarcon and Marques Brownlee together on the field for the first time this season.
After starting out 1 for 11 on defensive scoring opportunities to open the game, New York punched in three of the next four to give the Rumble a four point halftime lead. The second half opened with New York and D.C. trading blows. The score sat at 13-9 as New York lined up to pull, and the ensuing point lasted over seven minutes and ate up the majority of the third quarter.
The Current finally punched in the marathon point and eventually pulled to within a score during the fourth quarter with the count 14-13. Delrico Johnson, Peter Prial and Alan Kolick did all they could to keep the Current alive, making huge plays up and down the field, including a candidate for defensive play of the year when Delrico Johnson made a spectacular defensive bid over Chris Mazur.
However, the Rumble iced the game as Mazur later came down with an errant disc and launched a cross-field backhand for the score. Alarcon followed it up with an impressive defensive play and a quick score of his own to really put the game out of reach for D.C.
“We’re just trying to keep up,” said Mieser following the game. “We really needed that one.”
“This was a strong performance for us, on both sides of the disc,” Head Coach Anthony Nuñez added.
The Rumble and the Current have the week to rest up and prepare themselves for a rematch this coming Saturday. This time, the venue will be D.C.’s Cardinal Stadium and first pull is at 6:00 p.m. With a win, D.C. can reclaim its top spot in the East. With a loss, the Current would slip below the Rumble in the standings in the MLU Eastern Conference.
The game will be broadcasted on MLU Live.