The Denver Outlaws set a record at 10-0 in front of a MLL record crowd downing the New York Lizards

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The Denver Outlaws celebrated the Fourth of July with a huge win over the visiting New York Lizards 16-7 in front of a packed house at Mile High Stadium. Denver also set a new Major League Lacrosse record for attendance and most wins to start a season with the victory. After falling behind early with brilliant NY goals from Rob Pannell, Peyser and Mock, Denver was able to tie the game at the end of the first quarter and they never looked back from there. Denver dominated in most of the statistical categories, but let’s take a look at the breakdown for the win:

FACE-OFF BATTLE

Greg Gurenlian is the real deal! The All-Star went 13-23 on the night but more importantly, he was able to tie up Anthony Kelly of the Outlaws for only 11 wins himself. Gurenlian also contributed a goal on a fast-break situation in the first quarter. Anthony Kelly had his hands full and probably the most even keeled match at the face-off x this season thus far. He finished with 11-24 wins, but the team was still able to generate a ton of offensive opportunities. These two beasts will face-off again this weekend in the MLL All-Star game, so plenty more action to be seen!

THE BOCKLET DUO

These two brothers are playing some fantastic lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws. Chris Bocklet finished the night with 4 goals and an assists and he leads the team with 42 points total on the year. Only Paul Rabil of the Boston Cannons is beating him out in the MLL with 43 total points. Bocklet is a natural finisher and can shoot the ball from just about any angle inside the two-point arc. Long-Stick-Midfielder Matt Bocklet is playing phenomenal ball as well. Matt finished the NY game with a fast-break goal off of an assist from Goalie Jesse Schwartzman and he was a constant nuisance to the Lizard midfielders. He isn’t a big, physical defenseman but he relies on his ability to run with anybody and throw checks that often de-stick opponents. These two guys have a bright future in this league.

ATTENDANCE

Colorado lacrosse fans came from near and far to cheer on the Outlaws this past week. Maybe it was the Independence Day spirit with the Fireworks Show to end the match, or maybe it’s that this Outlaws squad is the most promising to bring a Championship home to the Mile High City, but either way, the stadium was packed. 31,019 is now the highest attendance record in league history. The Outlaws set the previous outdoor professional lacrosse attendance record, boasting 30,128 fans at their 2012 Fourth of July game.

"Breaking the attendance record was great," Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said. "It was a good experience for our young guys to be in front of all those people and to be in this atmosphere. It's one of the best atmospheres you're going to find in lacrosse."

Denver really is becoming a lacrosse hot-bed and you can simply look at NCAA rosters to prove it. In addition, Eric Law, a CO native and recent University of Denver graduate has stepped in his Outlaws uniform and has established himself as one of the best rookies in the league.

DREW ADAMS

Even though Adams was on the losing side in this game, I was very impressed with his poise and ability in net. He finished the night with 13 saves on 28 shots on goal from a very deadly and accurate Outlaws offense. That is 11 more shots than Jesse Schwartzman saw in this game! Drew Adams needs to get a more solid defense around him and I guarantee that this young goalie could be on a playoff roster.

Both squads are off this week with the MLL All-Star game being played in Charlotte, NC this weekend. Denver will be represented by 7 players from their squad while NY will be sending down 5. Denver will return to team action on July 20th when they finally hit the road again to take on the Rochester Rattlers. New York also returns on the 20th when they will head back down to Charlotte to take on the struggling Hounds team.

On to the next one….

GAME STATS:

DENVER GOALS: C. Bocklet 4, Snider 3, Law 2, Mundorf 2, M. Bocklet 1, Pennington 1, Seiverts 1, Mangan 1
NEW YORK GOALS: Pannell 3, Mock 2, Peyser 1, Gurenlian 1

DENVER ASSISTS: Greer 2, Kimener 2, Law 2, Mundorf 1, Bocklet 1, Schwartzman 1, Seiverts 1
NEW YORK ASSISTS: Skudin 1, Matthews 1, Seibald 1, Palasek 1, Marasco 1