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Markham Shofner scored a game-high seven points, 21 different D.C. players recorded a point and for a second straight week the Current dominated the New York Rumble as they cruised to a 27-18 victory inside of the Eagle’s Nest at Union City High School Saturday night. D.C. earned their fifth win of the season to surpass their 2013 win total in just Week 6.
D.C. got things going early as they tallied two straight break points to open up the contest. New York would fight back to tie the game at three all, but the Current would tally seven straight scores to effectively put the match out of reach before the halftime whistle.
“I was very impressed with the intensity we came out with on defense getting those first breaks,” said Current Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “Even on the very first point, making their O-line work, especially not having a lot of guys, was crucial.”
The game started off on a sloppy note as the Rumble received the disc and proceeded to turn it over five times before Andrew Fickley hit Brent Bellinger for the opening score. D.C. would continue to generate turnovers on the following point as Brian Marshall knocked down a Rumble pass before Robert Dulabon found Ben Fleming in the end zone.
“I know how hard that is when you’re an O-line player and there are four or five turns,” Moldenhauer said. “You’re still out there playing, but your legs start burning and I think that set the tone for the rest of the game.”
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The two sides would then trade points before New York got a break back to knot the score at three. The Rumble disrupted a Current pass and quickly converted it into a goal as Joe “Smash” Anderson threw a hammer to Marques Brownlee for the goal. Unfortunately for New York, that would be the last time the game was close, as D.C. would take control of the match from that point forward.
Shofner threw his first assist of the game to Lloyd Blake on an easy O-line point for the Current, to give D.C. a 4-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
D.C. started the second quarter on offense and again faced little to no resistance getting into the end zone as Blake hit Alan Kolick for the score.
After the goal, D.C.’s defense took control as they ripped off five-straight break points to give their squad a 10-3 lead. The Current’s run was aided by poor throws and worse decisions by the Rumble, but D.C. was relentless on defense and hounded their marks all over the field.
For a third-straight week the D.C. defense was able to put a run together of at least four-straight breaks to provide a comfortable margin to work with.
“I honestly like going out on the field and saying I don’t want the O-line to get on here because I want us to do the work,” said Flemming, who has quickly become one the Current’s defensive standouts. “It’s just fun doing that. I think on the D-line everybody realizes that and everybody is working hard. It’s a really positive environment and we just came to work and to get another win.”
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The Current’s offense ran like a well-oiled machine for a second consecutive contest. The line was rarely pressed into uncomfortable positions and filled open space to quickly move the disc up the field and into the New York red zone for easy scores. Kolick had a relatively quiet night checking in with just one goal and two assists but once again drove the Current offense up the field.
Both Tom Doi and Peter Prial had good outings and tallied four goals and an assist each. But Shofner had the standout performance of the night, finishing with two goals and five assists, including a bomb to Jeff Wodatch. Up 12-6 with under 90 seconds left in the half, Shofner picked up the disc after a Rumble turnover. Standing 10 yards from his own goal line Shofner pivoted, pointed down the field and unloaded a backhand. Wodatch took off and 80 yards later was standing in the end zone holding one of his three scores.
“It’s nice to see us clicking on all cylinders; we are executing the things that we aim to,” said Shofner. “People are looking fast, people are moving well and playing smart. The [offense] looks great, the [defense] looks great and it’s just fun to see the machine acting as it should.”
The win over the Rumble moves the Current to 5-1 on the season and keeps them atop the Eastern Conference standings. The 27-18 victory at New York, gives D.C. their second win on the road this year and proves this team can be dangerous both at home and on the road.
“Anytime we can get a win on the road is huge,” said Doi. “It’s great having a lot of fans who came from all over the Northeast to the game today. Getting any win is huge, but getting a win on the road is even bigger.”
The Current have a bye next week before hosting the Philadelphia Spinners in a Week 8 matchup.