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In MLU’s new video series Ultimate Gamechangers, we take a weekly look back at the moments that shaped the 2015 season.
This week, we take a look at a single play that truly changed the course of the 2015 season in the Eastern Conference. By mid-June, the playoff race in the Eastern Conference was heating up, and the Philadelphia Spinners were looking to not only earn their first playoff berth, but also wrap up home field advantage for the postseason. The Spinners, owning a 5-2 record at the time, ventured north to take on the 1-6 New York Rumble, a team that they had defeated 25-10 just two weeks earlier.
Any overconfidence the Spinners brought with them was dispelled early, as the Rumble jumped out to a 3 goal lead in the first 2:10 of the game. Battling back, the Spinners were able to tie game up with just 3:05 left in the game. Receiving the disc, the Spinners had a chance to complete the comeback and take their first lead of the game. Coming out of a timeout, the Rumble pulled from half-field, hoping to pin the Spinners in their own endzone.
The Spinners centered the disc to Ian McClellan, but it was Rumble defender John Wodatch who was able to make the play that not only cliched victory for the Rumble, but changed the shape of the season for the entire conference.