ARLINGTON, VA -Surviving a furious fourth quarter comeback, the Washington D.C. Current (2-4) held on to defeat the New York Rumble (2-6) 17-16 on Saturday evening.
How It Happened: The D.C. defense scored five breaks in the first half to help the Current take an 11-7 halftime lead over the Rumble. Undeterred by their six-goal deficit, New York roared to life in the fourth quarter and outscored D.C. 6-1, including five breaks, in the game’s final 10 minutes. However, the clock just ran out on the Rumble before they got a shot at completing the comeback.
Turning Point: Following a quick score by their offense to close the gap to 17-13 in the fourth quarter, the Rumble called a timeout to set up a midfield pull. After his pull rolled out the back of the end zone, Marques Brownlee blocked the disc near the front of the end zone and found Justin Carter for the score, giving New York its third fourth-quarter break and generating their momentum in the game’s closing minutes.
Player of the Game: Delrico Johnson. Not only did Johnson come away with the most impressive stat line of the night (4 goals, 1 block), he also made the defensive play of the game near the end of the third quarter when he swatted a Rumble swing pass into the air and tipped the disc three times to himself and gained over 20 yards in the process before finally catching it. Johnson’s block set up Andrew Ferraro’s pass to Erik Salmi that put the Current up 16-10.
Stat of the Game: 5 breaks. D.C. had five first-half breaks and New York had five of their own in the fourth quarter.
What It Means: Though their fourth quarter issues persist, the Current came out on top in a must-win and still have a fighting chance at a playoff spot. New York proved yet again why their opponents should not overlook them.
What’s Next: The Current travel to Philadelphia to face the Spinners next Saturday, May 28, at 4:00 p.m. The Rumble are on a bye week.