Indianapolis game cancelled, Rampage will play Ironside
Sunday's game against Indianapolis AlleyCats in Boston has been CANCELLED by the American Ultimate Disc League, and the Rampage has been awarded a forfeit win.
We are STILL PLAYING ON SUNDAY at 2pm at Dilboy Stadium, in a showcase game vs. Boston Ironside, the #1 open team in New England.
Fans, thank you so much for your support, and we hope to see you Sunday!
For more details and directions, RSVP on Facebook.
Rampage to Host Brodie Smith and the Alleycats in Somerville
This coming Sunday, July 22nd, the Rhode Island Rampage will play its last regular-season game of the year. This week, however, the Rampage will be stampeding into a new location right outside of Boston! The Rampage will host Brodie Smith (of ESPN and YouTube fame) and the rest of the Indianapolis Alleycats at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, MA. The new site will provide another great opportunity for Boston-area fans to check out a professional ultimate disc game. Start time is at 2PM, and tickets are only $10.
Come on out and help the Rampage close out the regular season in style, as the team gets ready for a playoff run!
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Rhode Island Falls to Connecticut after
Second-half Rally (18-24)
Rhode Island (5-5) 18 @ Connecitcut (6-1) 24
The Rampge traveled to Connecticut this past Saturday, where they lost to the Constitution for the third time in as many tries. The last time these two teams faced off (May 19th at CT), the Rampage nearly pulled off the on-the-road upset, rallying to take the lead with three minutes to go, before Connecticut punched in three straight goals for the victory. This time, Rhode Island would need a rally just to make it close; but rally they did.
The Rampage offense was out-of-sync immediately, feeling the absences of captains Teddy Browar-Jarus and Brandon Malecek. The Rampage were broken four straight times to open then game, digging themselves into a deep hole. Coach Colin Maneval then made the unorthodox call to substitute his defensive line into the game to play offense. The move would prove to be productive, as the Rampage's Sam Richards, playing in his second game with the team, scored Rhode Island's first goal (assist from Matt Smith).
Things got even worse for the Rampage when the Constitution scored the next two points, breaking the RI offense yet again. Rampage trailed 6-1 with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter, as the game appeared to be headed toward total disaster. The teams then exchanged a couple of goals each, with Rampage trailing 7-3 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, however, things started to click for Rhode Island. A marathon-point defensive effort to open the quarter was ultimately unsuccessful, but the Rampage O-line took over from there. The O-line found its groove and sailed through the quarter, trading points with the Constitution throughout he entire period (goals by Brian Zid and Casey Peters featuring prominently). Still, Rampage headed to the locker room at halftime, down 12-7, in need of some magic.
The Rampage came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. Though they were unable to stop the initial CT score (falling as far behnd as 13-7), the Rampage offense then slammed home the next goal (Peters-to-Zid), and the defense followed it up with a defensive break to start chipping away at the CT lead (goal by Matt Smith; 13-9). Rampage then pulled off a second consecutive defensive break, to claw back to 13-10, making a game out of what had looked just minutes before like a total blowout.
A few points later, the Rampage managed yet another defensive break (Johston-to-Smith), pulling the score to 14-12: shocked fans were witnessing a two-point game with three minutes to go in the third quarter. RI finished the quarter down just 16-13.
The fourth quarter began with the Connecticut crowd on edge, as Rhode Island scored out of the gate to bring the game back to 16-14. Rhode Island hung with CT for the next few points (thanks in part to a daring thumber from Rampage Captain Mike Miller that set up a Rhode Island goal at 17-15), but a few costly turnovers allowed CT to pull out to a seemingly-comfortable 21-16 lead.
The Rampage had one last burst left in the tank, as defender Terry Roth (featured on ESPN's Top 10 earlier this season) managed back-to-back goals to pull Rhode Island to 21-18 with three minutes remaining. However, those would be the last goals of Rhode Island's day, as CT would punch in the next three, to win 24-18. In a game that went from blowout to nail-biter, Rhode Island proved once again that they are always a team worth watching, even in defeat.
Ramapge (5-5) head into a bye week, having played more games than any other team in the league. When they next play, they will attempt to avert a sweep in the season series against CT, as they host the Constitution in the two teams' final regular-season matchup. Rampage has lost only to Connecticut and Phladelphia.
Rampage Defeat Bluegrass Revolution on Epic
Late-Game Plays (21-20)
On Saturday, May 26th, the Rampage defeated the Bluegrass Revolution in a back-and-forth game. The Rampage never trailed, but the score was tied six different times throughout the game, and Rhode Island’s lead was never greater than 3 goals.
In the first quarter, Rhode Island started the game on offense. The Rampage opened the scoring with a well-timed backhand from Casey Peters to a sliding Brian Zid, putting the hometown team up 1-0. The Rampage D then showed that it, too had showed up to play, putting in a defensive break right off the bat; Matt Smith managed a block on the Revolution’s own goal line, which Dylan Wolf then quickly converted into a goal (assist Brandon Malecek), putting Rampage up 2-0. The Rampage then put in another defensive break to take a 3-0 lead, which would be their largest of the day. Rampage finished the first quarter with a 5-3 lead.
The second-quarter was a strong one for the Revolution, as the boys from Lexington came out aggressively, scoring the first two points of the period to tie the game at 5-all. Thankfully, after a successful offensive possession to take the lead once again at 6-5, Rampage managed to bring things back under control, with two more defensive breaks to take an 8-5 lead. Rampage would eventually take half 10-9.
The third quarter was a tense affair for the Rampage, as the Revolution managed to tie the score on three separate occasions. However, the rampage kept their composure despite the highly contested play. The highlight of the quarter came from Rampage defender Shaun Doherty, playing in his debut with the team. Doherty managed a critical D late in the quarter, which allowed Rampage to take a 3-point lead with 0:13 left in the 3rd (Malececk-to-DiBiase for the score). Rampage headed to the final break with a 17-14 lead.
The dramatic game reached its pinnacle in the fourth quarter, as Bluegrass scored four of the first five points, to tie the game at 18-18 with just a few minutes to go. The crowd was obviously anxious, greeting each successive Revolution score with apprehension and groans. A few points later, the stage was set for an extraordinary pair of plays.
With the Rampage up 20-19, and in desperate need of a defensive break to prevent a possible overtime, defender Matt Smith stepped up and proved why the team has come to expect great things from him. The Revolution threw the disc deep—on target and into the end-zone. Smith read the disc perfectly and leaped high into the air to bat the disc away from the taller offensive player, preventing a certain game-tying goal and preserving the lead for Rhode Island
As if this great defensive play weren’t enough, the Rampage had one more crowd-pleasing, epic play left in the tank. Off the turnover generated by Smith, Rampage captain Brandon Malecek picked up the disc and demonstrated why the entire AUDL has been aggressively forcing him backhand throughout the season. Rampage cutter Chip Cobb took off deep, headed for the end zone. Malecek, standing on Rhode Island’s own goal line, unleashed a jaw-dropping 90-yard forehand huck. The disc rocketed down the entire length of the field and well into the opposite end zone, where it was caught on a full-extension dive by Cobb, putting the Rampage up 21-19.
That goal would prove to be the margin of victory, as the Rampage won mere minutes later by a final score of 21-20, sending the crowd home happy once again.
Stat Line of the Day:
Matt Smith: 10-for-11 Throwing, 1 Assist, 3 Goals, 3 D’s.
Shaun Doherty (#12), Steve Panasuik (#24), and Sam Richards (#31) all made their debuts for the Rampage in this game. Doherty had the best game of the three, recording 4 D’s to lead the Rampage in that category.
Sam Henderson (#23), played in his first game back after suffering a concussion.
Rhinos outrun Hunters in the 4th (20-19)
The Rampage began their Cinco de Mayo at the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce's Touch-a-Truck event. Our goal was to get the word out about our beloved sport, exciting team, and brand new league. Many new fans, especially young kids, were excited to meet local professional athletes and we look forward to having them attend our home games in the near future!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to talk with us (and throw with us). Pierce Stadium and East Providence have been fantastic hosts for our franchise, visiting teams, and our group of ultimate supporters.
For the second straight home game, the Rampage D would open with a break and establish an early lead at 4-2. Big blocks from Jake Cormier, Sam "Hollywood" Henderson, Casey Peters, and two more from Terry Roth (he would finish with four) got the Rhinos off to a fast start.
After Buffalo shook off the rust from their 10 hour drive, they responded with some breaks of their own. The Hunters scored the last goal of the quarter and would grind out a 9-7 halftime lead that saw very sloppy play from both sides.
A calming halftime speech by Coach Jose Invencio to a struggling and frustrated crash of Rhinos would prove prophetic. Between the speech and the final buzzer, there was certainly drama and excitement for the rowdy crowd. Ties at 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, and 18 would set the stage for a nail biting end.
Matt Smith continued a dominant fourth quarter with a huge grab and assist to Chris Zybert that was quickly followed up by a Hunters turnover. A goal from Chip Cobb to Dana Grandoni established a late two goal lead for the Rampage, though the Hunters’ offense would quickly and calmly punch in the next point with little trouble. The Rampage missed an opportunity to answer when Hollywood sent a backhand huck out of the end zone and through the uprights, missing an open Brandon "Muffin" Malecek. Making up for his errant throw, Hollywood blocked an up-line throw on the Hunters’ goal line to position the Rampage on offense again for the end of the game.
Up by only one point, Rampage called a time out to substitute some fresh legs. As the last 1:38 of the fourth quarter slowly evaporated, the Rampage offense played keep-away from the Hunters' D, never throwing more than a ten yard pass and only moving about twenty yards up field. The crowd went wild as the Rampage captured their first home win of the year.
The Rampage travel to Philly for a rematch with the Spinners this Saturday, followed by another two-game weekend road trip to Connecticut and Buffalo. Catch the RI Rampage at home on Saturday, May 26th as they take on Bluegrass Revolution at Pierce Stadium in East Providence.
Sam "Hollywood" Henderson
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Rampage defeated at home by the Spinners (22-30)
The Rampage returned to Rhode Island this Saturday, fresh off a two win road trip to Columbus, OH and Detroit, MI. The Rhinos were looking to move into first place with a victory over the 2-0 Philly Spinners, who had lived up to the preseason hype with impressive home wins over Buffalo and Connecticut.
As the day's gusty winds died and the sun faded behind the bleachers of Pierce Stadium, a small but rowdy crowd of 229 decked out in Rampage orange filed into their seats ready for a battle.
The Rampage D-line was quick to give the crowd something to cheer about, drawing first blood with a break in the opening point. The teams then traded O-line scores, and Rampage got another break, giving the home team an early 3-1 lead.
The Spinners quickly recovered, and shook off any nerves or travel lag in their first away game by answering back with four straight scores. After another trade of breaks and a tie at 5-5, the first quarter would end with the home team trailing 7-6.
The second quarter also saw the Rampage score first, but it would be the last time the sides were equal. A balanced and steady attack by the Spinners offense was led by captains Trey Katzenbach and Nick Hirannet, while Art Shull and Jake Rainwater piled up five goals each.
The Rampage D-line was missing some key players: team captain Teddy Brower-Jarus’ absence and Matt Heath’s injury began to take their toll. Their leadership and depth in the handler core was more and more apparent as the game went on.
The Rhinos’ D was still able to generate a few turnovers, but missed opportunities prevented a sustained come-from-behind rally. When the Rampage D-line was able to break, it seemed like the Spinners were ready to answer with two of their own. Sean Murray and Alex Grintsvayg each had three blocks, including and eye-popping layout catch D by Alex on an in-cut throw to a Rampage cutter.
The Rampage offense was led by Adam "AJ" Johnston who had seven receiving scores along with an assist despite often lining up as the third handler in the Rampage's horizontal stack attack. The hucking game that carried Rhode Island to their two wins the previous weekend failed to click as often against Philly's tough marks and deep help defense. The Spinners’ lead would grow to 3 at halftime, 5 at the end of the third quarter, and 8 as the final seconds ticked away.
The Rampage look to return to their winning ways at home this Saturday as they host the struggling 0-2 Buffalo Hunters at 3:00pm in Pierce Stadium. We look forward to seeing everyone out there as we take the field to claim our first win in Rhode Island.
Sam "Hollywood" Henderson
Smallest State, Biggest Game
$5 tickets for HIGH SCHOOL students at the door this Saturday!
Any TWO students wearing the same high school ultimate jersey to the game will be able to purchase one ticket each for themselves at the door for $5.
The requirements for this promotion are:
1) Bring a friend!
2) Wear the same team jersey (team name must be the same - jersey can be different colors or design)
3) Mention High School and High School Team name
See you Saturday!
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Rampage Return Triumphant after winning both road games
Saturday April 21st, defeated Columbus Cranes 22-19
Sunday April 22nd, defeated Detroit Mechanix (Video on Demand) 26-24
Recap from Rampage's Chip Cobb #15 (Here)
Game One Web Cast Now Available!
Saturday April 14th, lost to Connecticut Constitution (Video on Demand) 22-26