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Earlier today the MLU awarded it’s Defensive Player of the Year award to Jack Hatchett of the Boston Whitecaps for his impressive season. While none of the Current players took home the award, six different D.C. defenders received votes for the honor.

The D.C. Current had an incredible run of success this season. They have strung together eight straight wins heading into this weekend’s MLU Championship game. One of the main components of the Current’s success this season has been the outstanding play of their defensive unit. The D-line has provided several break points in each game this season and makes opposing offenses work hard every point.

While the Current didn’t have a singular defensive stopper this season the squad has gotten the job done using a variety of players in different roles.

Delrico Johnson received the fifth most votes for the defensive player of the year award in recognition of his play guarding deep threats down the field. Johnson was credited with a team high nine defenses this season and several were of the highlight variety.

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D.C. rookie Dominique Gibson also received several votes for the award as he proved to be a pesky defender that cutters could never quite shake. Gibson was credited with seven defenses this season and on numerous occasions caught his mark flat-footed and ran through the disc to catch the turnover.


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D.C.’s Peter Prial, Brent Bellinger, Brian Marshall and Calvin Oung also received consideration for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Prial finished tied for the team lead with nine defenses while playing nearly all of his points on the Current’s O-line. Marshall tallied six defenses this season but was a harassing mark all over the field who was not afraid to lay out and put pressure on his man. Bellinger was only credited with two defenses this season but did great work as D.C.’s main defensive handler, recording three goals and seven assists. Oung was the third D.C. player to record nine defenses this season as he along with many of the other primarily O-line players were relentless in their efforts to regain possession of the disc after a turnover.


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Tickets for the MLU Championship game are on sale now! Come cheer on the D.C. Current as they try to capture their first ever MLU title at PPL Park on July 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. 

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