Orange, NJ – The New York Rumble (1-4) fell to the Washington D.C. Current (1-4) 19-17, giving the Current their first win of the season.
How it happened: The Rumble and Current were both missing players for this weekend’s game. The weather was cold and wet but that didn’t seem to be the deciding factor in this game. New York was running on empty in the third quarter with a smaller roster than usual and some of their players injured, such as Christian Duess. As a result, New York was unable to stage as magnificent a show as they did last weekend. New York ended the half 11-8 and the third quarter down by two, a first for New York.
The turning point: D.C went on a two-point run in the fourth quarter and consistently earned their holds. The Rumble attempted a mid-field pull but it rolled out the back, allowing D.C to walk the disc up to the line and deflating the chances of a high-pressure turn. With 3:53 left, New York was down by three. With some amazing plays by Scott Xu and Sean Mott they managed to earn a break to bring it to a two-point game but, with a few sloppy and long points, there simply wasn’t enough time to stage a comeback.
Player of the game: The Rumble’s Scott Xu played his best game this afternoon earning 2 goals, 4 assists and 1 block. Not to mention his huge D in the end of the fourth quarter. For D.C., Blake and Khalifa lead the way.
Quotable: ‘That’s the way it goes sometimes,’ said the Rumble’s handler Andrew O’Connor after the game, keeping the disappointment at bay.
What it means: The D.C. Current have finally won their first game of the season, which much be a huge relief to the team. The Current have two weeks off before their next game against the Rumble. New York has two more games before them, first taking on the undefeated Philadelphia Spinners and then matching up against the San Francisco Dogfish in MLU’s first ever cross-divisional game in the regular season.