The Denver Outlaws remain undefeated beating the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Recent U-Denver graduate, Eric Law, led all scorers in this rematch of last year’s Championship game and helped his new Outlaws squad get the 13-9 victory. Law, who just received his second, “Rookie of the Week,” award in his first two weeks with the squad, punched in 5 goals and has now scored 9 goals on all of his 9 shots taken.
This win improves the Outlaws’ record to 7-0 and gives Denver a two-game lead on top of the MLL standings. Chesapeake now falls to 4-3, but is still likely the team that will challenge the Outlaws the most this season. Denver has scored 20+ in most of their matches this season, but will they have the tact to win those close battles?
Keys to the victory:
This guy had a spectacular college career, but this is plain remarkable for what he has done in his first two pro outings! Eric has stepped in as a transition midfielder and has finished on 9 goals out of 9 SOG (100% SHOOTING!). Denver already has dangerous middies in Drew Snider, Jeremy Seiverts, and Terry Kimener, but this guy is playing out of his mind! What can’t he do?
KIP TURNER AND JESSE SCHWARTZMAN
Both Turner and Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman turned in strong performances to keep the league’s two highest-scoring offenses to a combined 21 goals. Schwartzman saved 17-of-26 shots (.654 pct.) and Turner stopped 19-of-32 (.594 pct.) for the game. Jesse again had a great game at clearing in transition and that proved to be the catalyst for the offensive fast-breaks. Kip played like a champion, but he simply didn’t have the close-d support like Jesse.
Anthony Kelly once again proved his dominance at the faceoff skill position in this match, winning a cool 13-26 (50%) off all the draws. It took 3 different Bayhawk players to reach the other 50% with Rand, Ehrmann, and Simon. Anthony Kelly is definitely getting up there on age and has never been the same since his gruesome knee injury a couple years back, but I still think he is the most dominant player at this position in the MLL and will physically beat up a team single handedly. If Kelly can stay healthy for the duration of the season, I see him bringing this team back to the finals…..no problem!
CLOSE DEFENSE DOMINANCE
I looked at the score at the end of the game thinking that it was the half-time score. Denver was held to 13 goals and Chesapeake was held under 10! I think this wasn’t as much about the short-stick offense as much as it was about the beasts with the long-poles. In such a fast-paced league, the fans often forget about the defensive studs, but guys like Dillon Roy, Lee Zink, and Nicky Polanco really allow the MLL to grow! My hat goes off to great defensive play from these guys week in and week out.
The Outlaws return to action this Saturday, June 22nd at 8 PM when they take on the last place Ohio Machine. The Machine are riding high off their first win of the season and will have nothing to lose as they travel to Denver to battle the first place team.
Chesapeake travels to Charlotte this Saturday to take on the 2nd year Hound’s team. Charlotte is stacked with lacrosse talent, but I would hate to have the play the Bayhawks coming off a tough loss!
On to the next one….
DENVER GOALS: Law 5, Seiverts 3, Snider 2, Mangan 1, Bocket 1, Mundorf 1
CHESAPEAKE GOALS: Abbott 2, Hunt 2, Brooks 1, Kimmel 1, Grant Jr. 1, Wetervelt 1, Rubeor 1
DENVER ASSISTS: Mundorf 2, Turri 1, Greer 1, Roy 1
CHESAPEAKE ASSISTS: Westervelt 2, Dixon 1, Mackrides 1