MEDFORD, MASS. – The Boston Whitecaps (3-1) defeated the Washington D.C. Current (0-4) by a score of 22-17.
How it Happened: The teams seemed evenly matched at first and traded smooth holds until Frederik Brasz got a run-through block on a D.C. cutter. The Boston defensive line worked it back down and earned their first break thanks to an insane rip by Terry Roth. Three points later, Boston got another break to put themselves up by two (5-3). DC was unable to close this gap for the remainder of the game, and thanks to a block by Victor Luo, the Whitecaps added a third break before the first quarter ended.
D.C. opened the second quarter with a break of their own, but Boston used two back-to-back half-field pulls to earn two breaks of their own and put themselves up by five at the end of the half.
With the wind picking up and the cold deepening, the Whitecaps lagged a little in the third quarter. Despite an early break for Boston, D.C. responded with two breaks in a row to cut their lead back down to three points – thanks largely to the seemingly unguardable Delrico Johnson and effective use of upline cuts. Both teams traded turns but Johnson continued his scoring streak to keep DC within three. Boston received the disc with 2.6 seconds remaining, and threw a hail mary hammer that was ripped down by Carter Thallon as time expired to widen the Whitecaps’ lead back up to four (18-14).
Turning Point: Both teams broke each other in the final quarter but it was too little and too late for Washington. With their energy back up, the Caps made the necessary plays to keep a win within their reach. Their offensive line stepped up its defense and vice versa, and the game ended with the boys from Boston back up by five (22-17).
Stat of the Game: 17 goals. The two teams combined for 17 goals in the 3rd quarter, with D.C. scoring nine times, and the Whitecaps eight.
Player(s) of the Game: Delrico Johnson, had a huge game, with 4 goals, 3 assists and a block. For Boston, rookie Carter Thallon stepped up big for his team with three goals, two assists, and 16 completions.
What it Means: Next up for the Current is a game against the New York Rumble today. They are now 0-4 on the season and even hungrier for a win. The Whitecaps face the undefeated Spinners at Hormel on May 14 and they are eager to prove that they have what it takes to beat the top team in their Conference. It should be quite the game!