WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heading into their only doubleheader weekend of season, the New York Rumble (1-2) were looking to get their first victory on the year and their first road victory in the past two years. Using an incredible second half run the Rumble knocked off the winless Washington D.C. Current (0-3) 21-19 in Cardinal Stadium.
How it Happened: The Rumble got off to a rough start on their doubleheader weekend, the team showed up 30 minutes late to their matchup against the D.C. Current. The slow start put the team behind 8-3 early in the first half but a second half surge ended up sending the Rumble out on top. A 12-6 run by New York made the Current’s offense look off of their game for the entire final period, leading to a late benching of the team’s O-line. The Rumble took their first lead in the final two minutes of play, the only two minutes that matter the most.
Turning Point: After an offensive score by the Rumble to bring the deficit 17-15, New York called a timeout setting up a midfield pull. After the pull rolled out the back Erik Salmi got hand blocked by Matthew Weintraub in the back of the end-zone. Weintraub would pick up the disc and throw and assist to Scott Xu for the score. This would send enough momentum to give New York five breaks in the final moments of the game.
Player of the Game: Sean Mott (5 goals, 2 assists). Not only did Mott lead in the statistical categories but on the field he had a dominating presence. Mott came up with numerous big plays and skies that led the Rumble to victory.
Stat of the Game: Six. Six breaks in the fourth quarter for the New York Rumble.
Quotable: “I think this is a great win just for our confidence. We haven’t had a road win in over two years, just going forward knowing we can win on the road is a big step. Our next step winning at home,” cutter Mott said.
What’s Next: The Rumble continue their road doubleheader Sunday against the Philadelphia Spinners (3-0). The D.C. Current take their first road trip of the season next weekend at the Boston Whitecaps (2-1) and head to New York for a rematch with the Rumble.