PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Spinners (4-0) maintained their undefeated streak defeating the New York Rumble (1-3), 25-10 at Carey Stadium.
How it Happened: On a warm, sunny, and virtually windless afternoon in Fort Washington, PA, the New York Rumble arrived at Carey Stadium for their second game of the weekend. They entered the field with their head held high after the previous day’s 21-19 win against the Washington D.C. Current (0-3). The Philadelphia Spinners strutted out onto the field for the match with confidence, looking to maintain their undefeated streak. As the Spinners released the first pull, the Rumble had no idea what they were in for during the first quarter – for the rest of the game actually. The Rumble trailed right away and could barely keep their hands on the disc. By the end of the first half, the Rumble were behind by 10 as the Spinners walked off the field with a 14-4 lead. New York stepped up their game a bit in the second half, but they had no hopes of keeping up with the Spinners. Everything seemed to go right for the Spinners in the third quarter as they allowed the Rumble just a single point. However, in the 4th quarter, the Rumble, sick and tired of being kicked around, earned 5 scores in that quarter alone. Unfortunately for the New York Rumble, as valiant as their catch-up efforts were, the Spinners took the 25-10 win and celebrated their continued undefeated streak at the end of the game.
Turning Point: The New York Rumble seemed to step up their game at the beginning of the final quarter when the scoreboard read 19-5 with Philly in the lead. The Philadelphia Spinners had enjoyed the spotlight for the entire game thus far until they realized the Rumble cranking up their offense for the last 10 minutes of the game. The Rumble earned themselves an additional 5 goals in the final quarter, including the final score of the game with only 4 seconds left on the clock. In a last offensive effort, Tyler Finkler managed to push the Rumble into double digits after an assist from Sean Mott.
Player of the Game: The team’s fourth year veteran, Matt Glazer takes player of the game honors for the Spinners vs. New York match. Glazer lead the scoring efforts with 5 goals and 2 assists to team mates Nick Hirannet and David Baer. Fans also saw a great effort on both sides of the disc from rookie, Mike Arcata. Arcata managed to earn the team a single goal along with one assist, but lead the team on defense with three blocks.
Stat of the Game: 5 goals. The five goals scored by Glazer, most in the game, to go along with his 2 assists. Billy Sickles and Leon Chou lead the team in assists, with three a piece. Arcata’s phenomenal defense (3 blocks) was also a significant contributor to the game.
Quotable: “I think the secret to our success so far this season is that we try to play everyone,” said Coach Darryl Stanley. “We work really hard with our lines get everyone in the game especially in the second and third quarters. It’s our goal to use all 25 of our guys to make sure we have fresh defenders out there to make plays. Our depth is how we get extended runs – fresh legs all the time is the way to go. Also, I just want to give a shout out to Matt Michelson (1G), Bobby Roos (1A), and Nate Venditta (1G) who really pumped up their stat lines today – they really came through for us.”
What is Next: The Rumble will hope for their second win of the season, as they get ready for their rematch against the D.C. Current this Sunday, May 1 at 4pm ET. After that, the Spinners will play against Rumble once more for the last time in the 2016 regular season on May 7th at 4:00 PM ET.