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The Philadelphia Spinners and New York Rumble looked to start fresh after rough 3-7 inaugural seasons in 2013. Coming into the 2014 MLU Season, both teams looked to take a step forward. When they met in Week 2, both having lost their opener the weekend before, there was a real sense of a budding rivalry.
Playing in New York, the home team jumped out early to a 6-4 lead after the 1st quarter, and while Philadelphia was able to stop the bleeding in the 2nd, the Spinners found themselves down a few in the 3rd. Looking to open up their offense, the Spinner knew they had to get a few quick strikes on the board to close the deficit before the final quarter. With the disc about 10 yards on their own side of mid-field, veteran handler Ian McClellan, known for his impressive arsenal of throws, ripped a monster backhand diagonally across the field, heading for the far corner of the end zone. The race for the disc turn into a sprint between two of the faster players on the field, New York’s Quinn Hunziker and Philadelphia’s Patrick Diviney.
Diviney, about a step in front of Hunziker, prepared to bring in McClellan’s perfectly placed pass, when the New York defender managed to launch himself around the streaking cutter. The disc shifted paths, and Hunziker collided with Diviney, sending both players to the ground. Refusing to give up, Diviney tipped the fluttering disc back to himself and dove from his knees to snatch the disc for the score. While New York would end up edging the Spinners in a one-goal victory (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), Diviney’s catch was one of the most memorable of the 2014 MLU Season.