Orange, NJ – The Boston Whitecaps (2-1) took the game with relative ease, defeating the New York Rumble (0-2), 22–13.
How it Happened: As anticipated, the Boston Whitecaps gave a strong performance all around. They made it look easy and scored points that were both quick and well-executed, rarely, if ever, punching it in or taking any 50/50 throws for the score. Tanner Halkyard, Ben Katz, Terry Roth and Shaun Doherty were just a few of the major forces on the field. The first half ended 13-5 and, despite some highlights from Benjamin Nichols, Roger Chu and Marques Brownlee, it was not looking good for the Rumble.
Turning Point: It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the New York Rumble showed their full potential. They went on a three-point run and won the quarter 5-2. This was similar to what happened in their last game against the Philadelphia Spinners when they went on a four-point run in the third quarter. New York is proving to be a team that needs time to develop, and if they want to be competitive they will have to figure out how to find their rhythm earlier in the game.
Player of the Game: Brownlee, despite the loss, recorded an seven blocks, protecting the end zone on the last point of the first, third and fourth quarter. In one of these instances he came down with the disc over a large group of players.
Stat of the Game: 13. The Boston Whitecaps had 13 breaks this game compared to the Rumble’s three. Eight of the Whitecaps breaks were scored in the first half, which put them only three breaks behind the record, which is currently 11 breaks in a half.
Quotable: “We struggled at first,” said New York handler Andrew Bosco after the game. “We had a couple of mis-throws and unfortunate plays, but once we fix those, I think we’re in it.” This was Bosco’s first game of the season with the Rumble.
What’s Next: The Rumble will be heading south to face off with the D.C. Current for their first away game on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Last weekend the Current lost a close game to the Whitecaps, 17–16. Boston has off next week, with their next scheduled game being their home opener against the Current on April 30.