The Rumble traveled to Philadelphia Saturday with a major opportunity to strengthen their playoff hopes, and they did just that with a statement win over the Spinners, beating them 21-13.
The Rumble were able to successfully build on their win from their previous trip to Philadelphia, when they beat the Spinners in a thrilling double-overtime victory. Chris Mazur, already 2nd in the league in points (17G, 18A), led the way for the Rumble with a huge game, combining for nine points on the day.
New York came flying out of the gate to start the game, taking a 7-2 lead after the 1st quarter. The Rumble gained the momentum they needed, capitalizing on a poor throw by Philly’s Nick Hirannet to convert for a callahan. After opening up a sizeable lead to end the 1st quarter, it would prove to be enough as the Spinners were never able close the gap.
The Rumble defense had a major impact as well on Saturday as the Spinners offense struggled, turning over the disc 30 times in the game, including many on the goal line. Led by Jonathon Cox, the New York defense was able to break the Spinners offense an impressive nine times. Intense defense combined with consistent offense created an insurmountable lead for the Spinners to overcome, as the Rumble won their 3rd game of the season, all but eliminating the Spinners from the playoff race.
“Our defense attacked them early and often. Our offense also looked the best it has all season and with all our gears working, we were able to pull out the win,” said Assistant Coach Anthony Nuñez.
With the Current losing to the Whitecaps as well on Saturday night, the win over the Spinners opened up a one game lead for second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Rumble will next be in action this Saturday, June 8th, when they face the DC Current in their final home game of the regular season. With a win this weekend, they will clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.