The Diplomats overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit with two second-half goals by Trevor Hebberd and one by Malcolm Waldron but lost to the Minnesota Kicks in double overtime as Ace Ntsoelengoe brought Minnesota its second nine-point win of the season, 4-3, with his goal at 100:30.
After Kick substitute defensemen Tim Clark stole a clearing attempt in the Washington end, he sent a centering pass to Dave Mason, who nudged the ball over to Ntsoelengoe.
"Trevor took it a bit lazy against their defenseman," said Dip Coach Ken Furphy. "He should have come in and tackled Tim Clark for the ball, but for some reason, he just didn't."
It was Washington's second overtime defeat in two games.
"We conceded too many goals," said Furphy. "There seems to be a lack of experience shining through each time this team tackles an overtime. . . We threw this game away."
The Kicks took advantage of some sloppy midfield play by the Dips to take a 2-0 lead at the half on goals by Tony Peszneker, on a rebound, and Ntsoelengoe, on a deflection off Waldron.
But Waldron scored on a Ross Jenkins rebound early in the second half to make it 2-1. Jenkins' shot was blocked by Minnesota defender Don Masson before Waldron scored from 12 yards out. It was Waldron's sixth goal of the season, and the assist to Jenkins kept the 6-foot-6 forward at the top of Washington's scoring with 13 points.
Willi Kiefer set up the game-tying goal with a fine throw-in from the corner that soared all the way to the mouth of the goal, where it was headed first by Jenkins, then by Hebberd, who put the ball in the net at 65:34.
Hebberd put the Diplomats up, 3-2, with his fifth goal of the season at 85:38 -- Kiefer passed ahead to Hebbert, who looped the ball over Tino Lettieri's head.
However, 37 seconds later Chico Hamilton ran the ball past the Diplomats' defensive line and tied the game, 3-3, at 86:15.