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The D.C. Current captured the 2014 MLU Championship inside of PPL Park on Saturday night as they defeated the Vancouver Nighthawks by a final score of 23-17. D.C. scored six break points in the first quarter and never let the Nighthawks get back in the game.
The D.C. Current’s defense has shown all season long that they can take over stretches of a contest. But in the biggest game of the season, the Current’s D-unit stole the show and led the way towards a 23-17 victory over the Vancouver Nighthawks.
“The goal was never to make the championship game,” said Current head coach Keven Moldenhauer. “The goal was to win the championship. So this feels awesome. D.C. frisbee has been wanting this for years, to come out here and do it the way we did was pretty sick.”
In the first quarter alone the Current’s defense ripped off six break points on Vancouver, as they turned each of the Nighthawks six turnovers into goals to give D.C. a comfortable 8-2 lead after 10 minutes of play. The Current’s defense would continue to run roughshod over the Nighthawks in the second quarter, as they held Vancouver to a paltry pair of goals in that frame as well while scoring another two breaks of their own.
While the D.C.’s offense didn’t see the field very often in the first half they executed to a high level. They scored on each of their five possessions to carry a very comfortable 13-4 lead into the intermission. The Current’s offense didn’t turn the disc over in the first quarter and committed just five giveaways in the entire first half.
“We played a perfect first half,” said Moldenhauer. “Our D got six breaks and our O didn’t get broken. It was one of those scenarios where everything was working the way we wanted it. Guys were making plays. You got to love it when you get a lead like that.”
The second half started off brightly for the Current, but the third quarter would belong to the Nighthawks. They outscored D.C. 9-4 to get within shouting distance of the lead at 17-13. D.C. was able to make their massive lead hold up. However, they were effective at scoring and wasting time on offense in the fourth quarter, outscoring Vancouver by two in the final frame to claim a 23-17 victory.
D.C.’s Markham Shofner led all scorers with six points, off of four goals and two assists, and was named MVP of the Championship Game. D.C.’s depth and skill was apparent throughout the contest: Cody Johnston, Tom Doi, Sean Keegan and Jeff Wodatch all had four-point performances
Even without Eastern Conference MVP Alan Kolick the Current’s offense ran like a well-oiled machine for most of the contest with Shofner, Keegan, Lloyd Blake and Calvin Oung substituting into the handler role admirably.
“Everybody stood out, everybody was making plays,” said Moldenhauer. “Everyone was working hard and that’s been our team motto all year long.”
The Current finish the year with a record of 11-1 and proved that they were heads and shoulders above the rest of the league.
“When you’re winning everyone is happy so it will be fun to go into that locker room smiling,” said Moldenhauer. “Hopefully we will bring that into next season, because a true champion doesn’t just win one they keep on winning.”