WASHINGTON D.C. – The Boston Whitecaps defeated the D.C. Current with a come-from-behind 17-16 victory at Cardinal Stadium at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening.
How It Happened: The Current took advantage of early Whitecaps miscues and errant throws to get ahead 5-3 by the end of the first quarter. Their strong defense, along with the evening’s cold and windy conditions, enabled D.C. to extend their lead in the second quarter and to go into halftime up 9-5. Sloppy play continued to plague both teams in the third quarter. However, the Current still maintained their four-point advantage over the Whitecaps heading into the final quarter. Boston finally found its offensive rhythm and forced numerous costly D.C. turnovers to erase a five-point deficit in the final six minutes. The Whitecaps took their first and only lead of the game with 20 seconds remaining and pulled out a hard-fought 17-16 win.
Turning Point: Boston’s Piers MacNaughton caught a long upwind huck in stride and threw a score to Carter Thallon with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Whitecaps then pulled off three-straight breaks to come away with the victory.
Players of the Game: Boston’s Christian Foster kept his team in the game with three assists and four blocks over 21 points played. D.C’s Antoine Davis II made an impressive MLU debut with four goals and three blocks over 15 points played.
Stat of the Game: 5. The Whitecaps had five fourth-quarter breaks.
What It Means: The Whitecaps displayed the grit, determination, and smarts of a defending champion and proved why they are the favorite to win the Eastern Conference again in 2016. The Current made an early season statement and showed that they have the pieces to contend this season.
What’s Next: The Boston Whitecaps get right back to work to take on the Philadelphia Spinners at Carey Stadium in Fort Washington on Sunday, April 10, at 12:00 p.m. The D.C. Current face the Philadelphia Spinners at Cardinal Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m.