How it Happened: Weather played a huge factor this afternoon at Bell Stadium. It was windy, damp and downright cold, which caused many drops that would, on a nicer day, have easily been completed. The Spinners played fluid offense, adapting quickly to the Rumble’s defense at all turns, and keeping their defense strong throughout the game. As expected, the Rumble had fast legs and played hard defense with highlights from Bo Li, Matthew Wilson and Marques Brownlee. But the Spinners’ athleticism paired with their experience and team history prevailed, and they frequently beat New York players to the open side. The Rumble never lost their positive attitude, though, and could be seen dancing with the crowd to “YMCA” and “Apache (Jump On It)” despite the harsh point deficit.
Turning Point: The New York Rumble had prolific great third quarter, going on a four-point run and bringing the score to 12–9. They were, however, unable to keep the momentum. The Spinners punished them with two five-point runs – one at the end of the third and the other in the fourth quarter. New York kept fighting, though, and scored their final point with a laser throw to Scott Xu in the last 30 seconds.
Player of the Game: The left-handed Billy Sickles was able to lead the Spinners offense without departed star Jake Rainwater. He was patient on the field and unleashed some big hucks, both to gain yardage and also for scores.
Stat of the Game: Eighteen different Spinners played double-digit points during the game. Coach Darryl Stanley was able to use the Spinners’ depth to keep the the pressure on the Rumble.
Quotable: “I’m so proud of them,” said Coach Eileen Murray, “I honestly didn’t even know the score.” This is the attitude that will carry this enthusiastic and young team throughout the season. As Coach Antony Nuñez said, “We’re here to have fun.”
What’s Next: The Spinners take on the Boston Whitecaps tomorrow in Philadelphia, while the Rumble will be hosting the Boston Whitecaps a week from today. With some better weather and the rookies having lost their sea legs (this was the first pro ultimate game for many on the Rumble), there is only room to grow.