With the 2014 roster set and practices under way, here is a glimpse of our top rookies to watch.
New York added a number of new key players to the team this season, including a new group of MLU rookies who are looking to help cement the Rumble as a top team.
Isaac Saul | #19
Position: Offensive Handler
College: University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Yardley, Penn.
A winner at every level he has played at, Saul has won four High School State Championships, two Eastern High School Championships, captained the University of Pittsburgh to back-to-back College Championships, was a member of the World Champion USA Juniors team, and competed at Club Nationals with Oakland.
“Isaac is a proven winner at every level of the game,” says Coach Anthony Nuñez. “We cannot wait for him to continue that tradition with the Rumble.”
Marques Brownlee | #82
Position: Offensive Cutter/Handler
College: Stevens Institute of Technology
Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.
No stranger to professional Ultimate, Brownlee is a dynamic athlete who has the ability to make the big play down the field, as well as being a reliable option behind the disc.
“The best part about Marques isn’t his playing ability, it’s his work ethic,” said Nuñez. “He is a superstar in the making both on and off the field and I look forward to seeing his stock rise each and every game this season.”
Jack Marsh | #22
Position: Offensive/Defensive Cutter/Handler
College: Harvard University
Hometown: New York City, N.Y.
A captain on the N.Y.-based open team PoNY, Marsh will instantly become one of the best players on the team. Coach Nuñez will have the benefit of slotting this complete player anywhere on the field.
“Jack is a threat with the disc in his hands, cutting downfield, shutting down the other team’s best player, or getting that crucial block in the clutch,” says 2013 MLU Eastern Conference MVP Chris Mazur.
David Vuckovich | #14
Position: Offensive/Defensive Cutter
College: Ohio State University
Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio
A versatile cutter, the speedy Vuckovich has routinely dominated his match-ups the past couple of years. A teammate to many Rumble players on PoNY, Vuckovich has already been able to generate valuable chemistry with many of his new teammates.
“More often than not, if the offense gets the disc back it’s because of T-Lake,” says PoNY teammate, Robbie Gillies.
Adrian Banerji | #38
Position: Defensive Handler/Cutter
College: Tufts University
Hometown: Lincoln, Mass.
While young, Banerji adds five years of valuable experience from Boston Ironside and Bodhi. He was also a member of the U23 Mixed Team USA, the world champions in 2013.
See these rookies in action when they take on the Philadelphia Spinners for the Rumble home opener on April 19 at the Eagle’s Nest in Union City, N.J.