How it happened: New York ended the first quarter down by three; the second quarter down by six; the third quarter down by nine; and the game down by ten. It was a brutal and steady shutout by the Spinners, whose athleticism and fast handler action went unmatched by the Rumble. Although Sean Mott and Jibran Meiser had some huge defensive and offensive plays as well as rookies Peter Jimenez and Chris McGylnn pulling off some impressive plays, New York simply could not hang with the Spinners.
Turning point: New York ended the half down by six and, with no mercy shown by Billy Sickles and David Brandolph, the third ended 20-11. Although New York was able to go on a three point run in the fourth quarter, Mott and Mason Compton contributing to two of three, the Spinner’s consistent scores on their offensive possessions left no opportunity to close the gap.
Player(s) of the game: Philadelphia’s lefty handler Sickles assisted and scored 4 goals each this game in addition to earning one block and zero turnovers. New York’s 22-year-old Mieser won many footraces and had incredible bids on offense and defense.
Stat of the game: 4. That’s 4 assists by Mott, 4 goals and assists by Sickles and 4 breaks for the New York Rumble, which is, despite sounding low, the most breaks they have scored against the Philadelphia Spinners this season.
Quotable: Coach Anthony Nuñez reassured himself after the game that, “mathematically we’re not out of it. We’re just aiming to make it to the playoffs.”
What’s next?: The Rumble will travel far to take on the San Francisco Dogfish in what will be the first cross-divisional game in MLU history. As for Philadelphia, they remain undefeated with five wins this season. Next week they will travel again to and to determine whether or not they can remain undefeated in their sixth game of the season.