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In a back and forth game against the Philadelphia Spinners Saturday night, the New York Rumble fell 16-21.
New York started the game out strong, immediately getting a break and holding a two-point lead for much of the first half. However, going into the third quarter, New York seemed to lose their edge, turning over the disc due to simple fundamental errors. The Spinners took advantage of these errors, starting with a break point from Mike Bear to Nick Mathison to bring the score to 11-13. From there, the Spinners held their lead for the rest of the game.
While the Rumble are a talented team who can score and play well together, here are a few key points they should keep in mind before going into their game next week.
Most turnovers occurred due to small miscommunications between players. The focus needs to be maintained for the full game if New York wants to stop these turnovers from happening. Having another week to gel could also help the Rumble improve.
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Whether they’re winning or losing, the Rumble need to forget what the score is and play every point as if it’s 0-0. Complacency while they’re playing ahead is just as dangerous as giving in while they’re behind. The Rumble allowed Philly to start the second half with plenty of momentum and effort, which was not reciprocated during the third quarter as Philly went on a 7-1 run.
After giving up their lead, the Rumble became a bit shaken up. They tried scoring fast goals, which led to rushed throws, miscommunication and turnovers. New York needs to stay calm and poised in these situations and just focus on moving the disc at their own pace.
“We played an excellent first half of ultimate,” said Head Coach Anthony Nuñez. “Unfortunately fatigue set in and with tired legs, mistakes happen. We will have a strong 25-man roster on Sunday and we are hungry for a win.”
The Rumble that we saw at the beginning of this game is the team we know they can be. They played hard for every point and took advantage of every possession. Overcoming these issues is an important step for this team to reach their full potential.
The Rumble play next in their home opener against the Washington D.C. Current on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale on the Rumble TicketLeap page.