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New York will look to upset the top team in the East as they travel to D.C to face the Current this Saturday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m.
The Rumble hold a 2-6 record after suffering a loss to Philadelphia last week 23-22. New York played well in that game and matched the Spinners throughout the day, but just narrowly lost when the Spinners were able to run out the clock in the fourth quarter. This week they take on the Current, who hold a 7-1 record and have not lost since week three.
The Rumble lost both of the previous two matchups between these two teams, falling 28-15 in week five and 27-18 in week six.
Although New York has been eliminated from the playoffs, they will still be looking to play as hard as they can until the season is over.
“Our goals are still the same: win the moment, win your individual matchups and play your hardest,” Isaac Saul said. “We’re on a mission to play spoiler anyway we can.”
Dave Vuckovich echoed Saul’s sentiment, adding that it would be personally gratifying to avenge the past two losses to D.C.
“We really want to win these last two games. If we do, we will have a better record than the Rumble did last year. That is what we are shooting for at this point,” he said.
“My goal is to play the best ultimate I can and be the best teammate I can be. I want to do this every time I step onto the field. Personally, I would love to get that sour taste out of my mouth from the last two D.C. games.”
The Rumble will have to stymie the star-studded Current team. MVP candidate Alan Kolick is tied for the league lead in assists with 26 and his teammate Markham Shofner is not far behind with 25 assists of his own on the season. Peter Prial has led the Current offensively and defensively, tallying 21 goals and seven defenses.
The Rumble have a few stars of their own, however, and will look to them to lead the way to a victory this week. Chris Mazur is coming off one of his best statistical games of the season last week, compiling seven points on two goals and five assists, to go along with a +12 plus-minus line. Iggy Yz also had a great game last week with four goals and two assists, including the Friction Gloves Catch of the Week.
Still, the Rumble will need a full team effort this week. If each player is able to handle his respective matchup, New York should be successful in D.C.