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New York lost to the D.C. Current last Saturday 28-15 to fall to 2-3 on the season.
New York fell down early in the game, and could not generate enough defensive scores to climb back into the match. Here are three takeaways from the game to consider before these two teams face each other for a rematch this Saturday.
Offense: Limit Unforced Turnovers
The Rumble hurt themselves during a number of possessions Saturday by turning the disc over regardless of the D’s produced by the Current.
New York threw 236 completions on 270 throws, equaling an 80% completion rate. The Current had 13 D’s in the game, which means the Rumble had 21 unforced turnovers. During last week’s victory against the Whitecaps the Rumble held a 91% completion rate.
Michael Hennessy led New York with 32 completions on 33 throws. Dan Heijmen and Jack Marsh also held solid completion percentages going 19-for-21 and 18-for-20 respectively.
Defense: Contain Opposing Star Players
D.C had three players in Alan Kolick, Peter Prial and Markham Shofner collect at least five points. Kolick himself scored two goals and threw six assists. He also had a 100% completion rate on 43 throws.
If the Rumble are able to contain the impact these three players have on the game this weekend, they should have a much better chance at coming out with a victory.
Though D.C can also hurt New York with a number of other players, the scoring for the Current begins with their star players.
The Rumble found themselves in a hole early in the first quarter and were not able to climb out of it.
New York entered the second quarter down 8-2 and only got as close as five points for the rest of the game. If the Rumble can generate a few break points early on this weekend to set the tone, they should be able to get into an offensive rhythm which will in turn limit their unforced turnovers.
The Rumble have an opportunity to avenge their Week 5 loss right away as they host the Current in a rematch game this Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest in Union City, New Jersey. We offer a free fan bus for every home game beginning an hour before the game. For more details, click here.