PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA – Here is a quick look at the Philadelphia Spinners’ win over the New York Rumble on Saturday at Colonial Stadium.
How it Happened: A true tale of two halves, the Spinners fell behind a depleted Rumble squad early, who led by as many as four goals in the first half. Aggressive defense and steady offense defined New York’s gameplay heading into halftime with an 10-8 lead over the Spinners. However, the Spinners team that emerged from the locker rooms was a different beast. The home team was able to use their depth to put up a huge third quarter on both offense and defense, scoring seven goals and only allowing one from New York. The fourth saw both score, but the short-benched Rumble were unable to close the gap.
Turning Point: Halftime. Whatever Coach Maroon said to the Spinners at halftime worked, as Philadelphia came out of the locker room and scored three unanswered goals, gaining their first lead of the game and killing all momentum New York built in the first half.
Player of the Game: The Spinners bench. With New York hindered by injuries and inactive players, the Spinners depth was the real difference maker in this matchup. Coach Billy Maroon used every player at his disposal to keep his team fresh throughout the game, while New York looked absolutely gassed by the time the final buzzer sounded.
Stat of the Game: 7 to 1. The Spinners were able to outscore the Rumble seven goals to one in the third quarter, erasing the halftime deficit and jumping out to an insurmountable lead.
Quotable: “We woke up,” said Spinner’s handler David Baer. “Our defense has been close the past few games. This game we were able to get turns and score.”
What’s Next: Philadelphia (2-1) has a bye next weekend before heading north to take on the Boston Whitecaps (1-2) on May 16 at 5:00 p.m. New York hosts the reigning champions, the Washington D.C. Current (2-0) as they open their home schedule next Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m.