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The New York Rumble were a young team in 2016. With a roster full of rookies, the team’s first priority for the year was developing the fresh talent into a team that could succeed in the future. Throughout the season, the Rumble showed that they were capable of explosive plays on both sides of the disc. As we saw from Bo Li and Kyle Fischer in Week 9, as the Rumble hosted the reigning champion Boston Whitecaps, they were capable of big plays.
In the 1st quarter, the Rumble had jumped out to an early one goal lead, powered by top level play from their defensive lines, who converted four breaks in the opening quarter alone. Into the 2nd quarter, the Rumble continued to capitalize on Whitecaps mistakes, scoring on their opening possession and following it up with two more breaks. Now leading 9-5, the Rumble kept their foot on the gas.
Forcing a turn on their own goal line, the Rumble looked to drive the disc the full length of the field to score. The first pass found Li, in his first year with New York after debuting with the Philadelphia Spinners in 2014. Li, only about 15 yards outside of his own end zone, looked deep and spotted a streaking Fischer. The 21-year-old Fischer, a mid-season addition to the team, had used a strong first step before turning on the speed to leave his defender in his dust.
Li, seeing Fischer breaking with nobody between him and paydirt, fired a beautiful flick huck down the far sideline. As the disc began to descend just beyond the goal line, the rookie cutter leapt and snatched it out of the air for the score.
While Fischer’s goal would extend the Rumble lead to five goals, the Whitecaps would eventually come storming back to win the game (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), but it was plays like this that showed the potential of the young talent on New York.