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The Spinners (4-1) return home this week to match up against the New York Rumble (1-4) on Saturday, May 30.
Philadelphia makes the second stop on their stadium tour at Villanova University and look to remain undefeated at home this season. The Spinners are coming off of an important win over D.C. that gave them sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. The Rumble however, are traveling to Philadelphia after a disappointing loss in Boston and are still looking for their second win since Week Four over D.C.
The Spinners beat the Rumble 21-16 in a comeback win when the Rumble last played Philadelphia at home in Week Three. The Spinners and Rumble have always been close competitors. They are 4-3 overall since the start of the MLU. Even though the Rumble are in last place and have only won one game this season, the Spinners do not plan to take them lightly. In the first half of their meeting this season, the Rumble lead 10-8 going into half, forcing the Spinners to play catch-up in the second half. It was Philadelphia’s defense that dominated the third quarter outscoring New York 7-1.
New York will have a limited bench again for this game as 10 players will be missing, including standout players Chris Kocher and Marques Brownlee who are both listed as inactive. Rumble player Jibran Meiser suffered a Lisfanc fracture in Week Four and will be out for the season. New York is still building this year, but with a limited bench of fresh legs, it’s hard to hold onto leads or mount comebacks in the second half of the game today.
The Spinners will be missing offensive cutter, Matt Zumbrum while key handlers Nick Hirannet, Ian McClellan and Marshall Ward are listed as probable. Veteran cutter Matt Glazer is also listed a probable with a minor wrist sprain. With the potential of these key players missing in the lineup, New York could hand Philadelphia their first loss at home this season and take down the number one team in the Eastern Conference.
New York will need to trust their veteran players Ben Faust, Sean Murray and Jake Herman and try to stay fresh on the sideline to pull a win out in Philadelphia tomorrow.
Even with the potential loss of captain Nick Hirannet and solid handler Marshall Ward, Philadelphia can still look to co-captain Jake Rainwater, veteran handler Trey Katzenbach and star rookie Billy Sickles to set their offense in the right direction and put the disc in the end zone. Philadelphia’s defensive line will need to utilize star cutter Matt Esser on breaks. No one would be surprised to see a few bookend plays from Esser in this game.