Photo by Bob Durling – UltiPhotos.com
The longest active MLU winning streak came to a close on Saturday night as the Boston Whitecaps downed the D.C. Current 21-16 to put an end to a historic 11-game run.
The day was already off to an inauspicious start for the D.C. Current, even before arriving in Medford, Mass. to take on the rival Whitecaps. Traffic on the long road trip up to Boston delayed the start of the anticipated matchup and D.C.’s “A-game” never seemingly arrived.
The Whitecaps opened up an early advantage claiming a 6-2 lead after the opening quarter. The Current’s Markham Shofner had a hand in both of those goals, going on to record a game high eight points (6 goals, 2 assists.)
D.C. would charge back in the second quarter, utilizing a 4-1 run that included three breaks by the defensive line to cut Boston’s advantage to just a single score at 7-6. On the following point the Current were able to create a turn but failed to cash in on a golden opportunity as a wide open Danny Dennin saw a disc go right through his hands. Boston regained possession of the disc and would never lose control of the contest again as they finished the half on a 3-1 run to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.
For the remainder of the game, Boston used an efficient offensive line to withstand any run the Current went on. Generating break after break, the Whitecaps enlarged their lead to an amount too great for D.C. to overcome. The defeat is the first in over a year for D.C. as the Current strung together 11-straight wins, including the 2014 MLU Championship, following a 17-12 loss at Boston in Week 3 of the 2014 MLU season.
The Whitecaps were able to snap the streak by converting on their break opportunities to score eight goals against D.C.’s vaunted O-line. The Current’s offense simply struggled to get the job done as Peter Prial (4 goals, 2 assists and 1 block) and Lloyd Blake (1 goal) had a limited impact on the contest even though they were both on the field for a game-high 20 points.
Leading the way for Boston was the duo of Josh Markette (2 goals, 5 assists) and Jeff Graham (5 goals, 1 assist). Boston’s top handler and cutter respectfully were key to the Whitecaps crisp O-line that at times looked unstoppable. Even when the Current were able to get a turn, the Whitecaps were right there to get it back on defense.
The Current (2-1) will have little time to lick their wounds, as they have an extremely quick turnaround and will face the New York Rumble (0-2) Sunday at 2:00 p.m. D.C. has dominated the series recently, walking away victorious in each of the last five meetings, but New York will look to erase that past and claim their first victory of the season in their 2015 home opener.