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The Philadelphia Spinners (5-2) take on the New York Rumble (1-6) on Sunday, June 14, in Belson Stadium at Saint John’s University in Queens, New York.
After two weeks at home, the Spinners go on the road to match up against the Rumble in Week 9 and to increase their playoff chances. Philadelphia has proven to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference losing only two games this season, both against the D.C. Current. They seek another huge win over the struggling Rumble team.
In Week 8, Philadelphia suffered a disappointing loss against the D.C. Current who snapped the Spinners winning streak and handed them their first defeat at home this season. Despite strong efforts from the Spinners offensive veterans Nick Hirannet, Trey Katzenbach and Matt Glazer, who all had four goals and one assist each, Philadelphia turned the disc over twice in overtime allowing D.C. to convert two easy goals and take the game.
The Rumble enter this game after yet another huge loss in Week 8, this time against the Boston Whitecaps who won, 31-24. Both the Spinners and the Rumble are coming off of devastating losses and look to bounce back with a win in Week 9.
In their first meeting this season, New York jumped out to an early lead in the first half (10-8) forcing Philadelphia to play catch-up in the second half before running away with the game in the fourth quarter. In their last meeting, the Spinners took control early in the second quarter and never looked back, routing the Rumble 25-10.
The questionable status of offensive handler Chris Mazur adds extra challenge to Rumble’s quest to create an upset with a win against Philadelphia. The Rumble will be missing up to six players this weekend, including Quinn Hunziker and Matthew Weintraub.
Matt Glazer remains probable for his wrist sprain injury, though he has played in this condition for the past three weeks. The Spinners could hurt from Jack Casey‘s questionable status due to a knee injury. Defender Nick Purifico is suspended for this game after two notices of aggressive behavior resulted in his ejection from Week 8’s game against D.C. Current.
With Mazur’s questionable status, Rumble will need to rely on offensive handlers Michael Hennessy and Andrew Bosco to run the offensive flow. Six players on the bench gives New York the opportunity to show the depth and skill of their roster. After putting up 24 points against the Whitecaps last week, it seems as though New York’s offense has finally found their rhythm. If they want to have a chance against Philadelphia this week, their defense will need to step up. The Rumble have the worst plus-minus in the league sitting at a -37 after giving up 25 points to the Spinners in Week 7 and 31 points against the Whitecaps in Week 8.
The Spinners will play strong with almost their full roster this weekend. The Spinners defense needs to play smart to compensate for the loss of assertive players Jack Casey and Nick Purifico. Philadelphia must rely on Matt Esser had three blocks in the fourth quarter last week, helping to send the game into overtime. Leon Chou had two blocks against the Current last week and will look for more big plays this weekend. Expect a strong showing from Esser, Chou and the defensive line against the Rumble on Sunday.
The Spinners have played strong against the Rumble in their first two meetings this season. They look to put their loss to the Current behind them and move forward with another win over the Rumble. The Spinners will need to eliminate dropped passes this week as it turned out to haunt them against the Current. Philadelphia’s offensive must move the disc quickly and utilize field space to clinch a win over New York this weekend.