The Denver Outlaws dominate the Hamilton Nationals and continue to tear through the MLL.
The 6-0 Denver Outlaws proved their dominance this week as they handled the previously undefeated Hamilton Nationals 22-9. The Outlaws had 3+ goal performances by 5 offensive players, while Jesse Schwartzman was solid in cage and Lee Zink and the close defense shut down a red-hot National’s offense. Anthony Kelly bounced back from a dismal outing last week to defeat Matt Dolente at the faceoff x, 20-32 times. For the Nationals, they got great highlights from Kevin Crowley and a returning Garrett Thul while their midfielders were pretty much shut down.
Keys to the victory:
Rookie of the Week honors in the MLL went to recent University of Denver Graduate Eric Law. Law stepped in for his first match and scored 4 goals, leading his team to victory. Denver native, Law had a great career at his Alma matter and is expected to continue into the MLL with his fast paced play and his knack to play well in a team setting. I fully expect young Eric to fill into the Outlaw’s emerging offensive unit and continue to contribute week in and week out.
On the other side of the field, Garrett Thul of the Nationals saw his first time in the MLL. Thul finished with three alone goals and looks healthy for the attack unit. Thul will most likely be a fourth attackman for the squad but this young USMA graduate is destined for more in his lacrosse career.
I said it in the game preview!! Mr. Mundorf has been playing extremely well in the first quarter of the season, but this was by far his best outing. Brendan put in 4 goals and contributed 3 assists to his teammates. If he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, I would say he would be a top candidate for league MVP and could finally get the Outlaws a trophy. With 14 goals and 11 assists to date, Mundorf is the leading scorer for this Outlaw squad who seems to be outscoring everyone in the league.
Brett Queener is an electric player and no one can deny that….It just so happened that the Outlaw offense had too much firepower for him to withstand. Queener finished with 10 saves on 28 SOG before being pulled for the backup Herbst. Queener is an exciting player who can speed up the transition game but he needs to focus more on his abilities in cage to help his team. Schwartzman again started for the Outlaw squad earning 7 saves on 12 SOG, but was replaced by Cipriano in the second half who got also got 7 saves on 11 SOG. I wouldn’t put all these victories on outstanding Denver goalie play because the close defense has been one of the best and most intimidating so far this season. Next week will be a real test against the firepower of Chesapeake!
Zack Greer & Drew Snider
It is SO good to see that Zack Greer’s lacrosse career will continue! After missing a few games early in the season, he has been a regular multi-point contributor every match. Zack finished with 4 goals and 1 assist and is a threat when filling in midfield or attack spots.
Drew Snider’s play in the first 7 weeks has been something no one could have predicted. This University of Maryland product was coming off of a 5 goal outing versus Boston last week and continued his reign at midfield by putting in 4 goals and adding 2 assists. Snider is young, fast, and has a rocket shot that opposing goalies cannot track! Snider is tied for second on the team with 24 points thus far and I think Coach Stagnitta has to be happy with his play!
Next week Denver travels to Maryland to play the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The last time these two teams met, Chesapeake blew them out of the water in the MLL Championship game and then took home the hardware. I expect Denver to hold nothing back and return the favor this time around.
Hamilton travels to Long Island, NY this Thursday to take on the Lizards. The Nationals were just handed their first loss of the season, so I feel bad for the Lizards as they are going to get beaten with frustration by the visiting squad.
On to the next one….
DENVER GOALS: Mundorf 4, Snider 4, Greer 4, Law 4, Bocklet 3, Boltus 1, Turri 1, Kimener 1
HAMILTON GOALS: Crowley 4, Thul 3, Walters 1, Hawkins 1
DENVER ASSISTS: Mundorf 3, Bocklet 2, Kimener 2, Snider 2, Greer 1, Mangan 1, Bocklet 1, Boltus 1
HAMILTON ASSISTS: Hall 1, Cunningham 1, Keogh 1, Jamieson 1, Dolente 1, Merrill 1