QUEENS, NY – The defending champion D.C. Current suffered their first loss since April 26, 2014 last night. Today at Belson Stadium, the Rumble dealt them their second loss in as many days.
How it Happened: New York’s offense was incredible, picking apart the Current D-line throughout the first half. An early injury to the Current’s Markham Shofner hindered the D.C. offense. Late in the half, with New York leading 8-7, the Rumble defense finally came alive, stretching the lead out to 11-7 at halftime. Out of half, both teams traded blows and New York led 13-9 when all offense was forgotten on both sides. The ensuing 7-minute and 20-second point featured numerous throwaways and several drops. D.C. finally punched in the point and clawed their way back to only a one-point deficit at 14-13 with some excellent grabs by Delrico Johnson. A huge cross-field throw from Chris Mazur and an incredible bookend sequence from Albert Alacron ended the District’s comeback bid and New York walked away with a 16-13 victory.
Turning Point: At the end of the first half, New York’s D-line converted on three of four break opportunities to stretch the Rumble lead to four. D.C. was never fully able to recover from there and New York led the rest of the way.
Player of the Game: Chris Mazur had a great game stuffing the stat sheet and pacing the Rumble offense. His four assists and one goal helped the Rumble snag the lead. Mazur displayed great field awareness all game as well, picking up overthrown passes and undercutting several deep shots from D.C.
Stat of Game: New York’s offense did not commit a single turnover during the first half of the game.
What it Means: New York climbs into the conversation now in the East. Meanwhile, the Current eclipsed its loss total from last season.
Quotable: “Just trying to keep up.” –Jibron Mieser on the team earning its first win of the season.
What’s Next: These two teams meet up again Saturday, this time in the nation’s capital at 6:00 p.m. from Cardinal Stadium. New York is looking to start its first winning streak since 2013. D.C. is looking to end its first losing streak since 2013. The game will be broadcast on MLU Live.