MEDFORD, MA – Here is a quick recap of the Boston Whitecaps’ (4-3) victory over the New York Rumble (1-6) at Hormel Stadium.
How it Happened: Both teams came out hot in the first quarter and feasted on deep looks. Defense was at a premium throughout the game in this high-scoring affair. The Whitecaps put up 11 goals in the first quarter alone. New York had a couple of early unforced errors that got them down by a few points and were never able to fully recover. Boston was able to move the disc across the field without much resistance and found way too many open receivers streaking deep for the Rumble to handle.
Turning Point: The Rumble managed to close the gap to three heading into halftime. New York made a couple of different bids at pulling even but never managed to get closer than three points at any point in the game. Boston let New York stay in it for the majority of the night but as time wound down, the Whitecaps turned up the intensity on defense and got two key breaks to put the game out of reach.
Players of the Game: Boston’s Tyler Chan was on fire throughout the game, doing a little bit of everything with five goals, eight assists and one block. For the Rumble, Robbie Gillies ruled the air, coming down with seven goals, one assist and one block.
Stat of the Game: 55. This final score sets the record for highest combined goals in a Major League Ultimate game.*
What it Means: Going forward, Boston is in a great position to make the playoffs, now boasting a winning record for the first time this year. The Whitecaps are still tied with the Current for second in the conference. For the Rumble, they are now 1-6 and three games out of a playoff spot with only three more to go.
What’s next: New York returns home next Sunday, June 14 for a battle with conference-leading Philadelphia. Boston will travel to D.C. on Saturday to take on the Current in a battle for second place in the MLU Eastern Conference Standings.
*Thank you to Sludge Ultimate for the stat.