MEDFORD, MA – Here’s a quick look at the Whitecaps’ 25-12 victory over the New York Rumble on Saturday night.
How it Happened: While the wind caused a number of turnovers, the Whitecaps were able to take an early two-point lead and the first quarter ended with Boston up 4-2. The next quarter saw a similar scoring pace, but the Whitecaps were able to increase their lead to three points (9-6) thanks to strong defense from Jack Hatchett, among others. The scoring opened up in the second half and the Whitecaps increased their lead to seven points, scoring eight goals to the Rumble’s four (17-10). The Whitecaps scored another eight goals in the fourth quarter thanks in part to offensive miscommunication by the Rumble, resulting in a final score of 25-12.
Turning Point: The Whitecaps more than doubled their lead in the third quarter, and the Rumble were unable to catch up, despite their tight competition in the first half.
Quote of the Game: “We are definitely hitting our stride at the right time,” said Josh Markette. “We have a laser-like focus headed into the home stretch. Never been more ready to take on Philly for the one spot.”
What it Means: The Whitecaps are now 6-3 on the season, leaving them tied for first place along with the Philadelphia Spinners, who defeated the Washington D.C. Current, 17-14 on Saturday night. The defensive line for the Whitecaps was able to convert on a majority of their blocks, and their offense looked cleaner than it had in previous games as well. After a tough opening weekend, they have turned their season around. The Rumble, on the other hand, have had an inconsistent season – they defeated both the Spinners and the Current, but will end the season unable to best the Whitecaps.
What’s Next: The Whitecaps and the Spinners face off against each other next weekend in a battle for first place in the Eastern Conference. The winner will automatically earn home field advantage in the playoffs.