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The Boston Whitecaps went undefeated in 2013 on their way to the Inaugural MLU Championship. Heading into 2014, the New York Rumble and the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference had a clear goal in mind: Beat Boston.
As the first game of the 2014 season kicked off, the Whitecaps continued right where they left off, scoring six goals in the first quarter against the Rumble, powered by their superstar cutter, Jeff Graham, who alone accounted for two goals and an assist in the first 10 minutes of play. The Whitecaps offense was clearly trying to recreate the magic from 2013, feeding the disc to Graham, their top returning goal scorer from the year before. With just about three minutes to go in the half, the Whitecaps again looked to find Graham, who was streaking deep with no New York defender between him and the goal line.
As the disc flew overhead of both teams, a flash of green came into view as Rumble rookie Quinn Hunziker used his ridiculous speed to catch up to the Graham in the open. Hunziker, timing his move perfectly, went fully horizontal, laying out at top speed and swatting the disc out of the air before Graham could bring it in. New York would regain possession of the disc, and while they would eventually lose the game (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), Hunziker’s block would land him on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 and established him as a defender to keep an eye on in the league.