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The Washington D.C. Current headed out on their first road trip of the season to face the Boston Whitecaps in the first of a two game weekend for D.C. Unfortunately for the Current, who were missing some key pieces in the rotation and could not capitalize on the Boston turnovers, dropped their second match of the season to the Whitecaps 22-17.
Early on the Current fell behind by three breaks in the opening quarter at Hormel Stadium. Their first road matchup saw careless throwaways, which accounted for 16 unforced turnovers in the entire game, it allowed the Whitecaps to jump on top early.
In addition, Boston’s offense was rolling, scoring all three of their offensive points in less than 45 seconds. Leading the way was Jay Clark, who had two goals, four assists, and completed all 13 of his throws. He scored or assisted on each of the Whitecaps O-line scores in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Current open up the scoring with a break to climb back, but it was in a point that took over three minutes for either team to score. Following that goal, the Whitecaps reeled of three straight points to jump back on top of D.C. This would lead to a five point advantage where the Whitecaps would lead 10-5 at the halftime break.
On this road trip the squad is without three of the O-line’s top threats in Zach Norrbom, Dominique Gibson, and Joe Freund. All of which are competing at their respective College Regionals Tournaments. Making matters worse, experienced handler Erik Salmi also did not play against the Whitecaps but is expected to see action against the Rumble later today.
Also joining the team tomorrow will be Keven Moldenhauer, who missed a majority of the game due to a shoulder injury. This weekend they are also without three of the squad’s promising young talents in Jack Field, Matthew Barnhardt, and Antoine Davis.
Without the offensive experience, the team relied heavily on their top stars in Lloyd Blake (one goal, four assists, one block, 31/34 throws) and Delrico Johnson (four goals, three assists, one block). In total they either scored or assisted on 10 of the Current’s goals. With the lack of the top rostered players, Aaron Richards, Kyle Khalifa, and newly signed Frederick Tsai saw numerous touches on offense. Khalifa did so in a big way by scoring four goals (a career high) and an assist.
The Current mounted a comeback late against the Whitecaps by rolling off nine goals in the third period alone with two breaks. However, Boston also got a break back and ended up scoring eight in the quarter as well.
With the clock winding down in the third, Blake was able to lead the offense down the field and find Johnson for the score with only two seconds left on the clock. This put D.C. down 14-17 cutting into the Whitecaps huge lead. A bad out-of-bounds pull though gave Boston another chance to score. Alex Cooper (two goals, one assist) would fight off the double team and hammer a throw into the endzone being brought down by new Whitecap sensation, Carter Thallon (three goals, two assists). This gave the home team a four point advantage heading into the final frame.
The deficit would be too large for the Current to mount a comeback. Long points would be enough to quiet the will of D.C. and close out the game for the Whitecaps.
The loss puts the Current 0-4 on the season, extending their longest losing streak in franchise history. The Boston Whitecaps meanwhile advanced to 3-1. Later this afternoon the Current continue their doubleheader weekend with a trip to the New York Rumble (1-3) at 4:00.
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