The Denver Outlaws stay unbeaten with a runaway win over the Ohio Machine.
The Ohio Machine was barely off the plane before Denver started their regular scoring spree. Just a few minutes into the game, Denver already jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Chris Bocklet received Player of the Game honors with his 6 goal, 1 assist performance, but the entire Denver team looked to be clicking on both sides of the ball. Ohio had a few shining moments, but they were never able to penetrate Jesse Schwartzman’s stifling close defenders. Final score of this one was 19-5, but this one was over at the half. The Outlaws have now extended their franchise regular-season win streak to 14 games and have not lost a regular-season game since June 23, 2012. Denver’s 8-0 start to the season is the second best in Major League Lacrosse history and a win next Saturday versus Charlotte would tie the league record that was set by Baltimore in 2005.
Let’s take a look at some of the keys to the victory:
THE BOCKLET BROS
Good pedigree translates to goals and take-aways for these two Outlaw siblings. Although playing separate college ball, young Chris and Matt have stepped up in the MLL and reserve the rights to leadership on this Denver Outlaw’s squad. Chris Bocklet has become one of the best finishers in the league and proved his abilities this week by notching 6 goals and 1 assist. Also this is the third time he has scored six goals this season, becoming the first player in team history. He is tied for the MLL lead with 26 goals on the year. Matt Bocklet is the team’s primary long-stick midfielder and Jesse Schwartzman’s favorite on the shot-clear. His 46 ground balls is the second best on the team, only behind the face-off guru Anthony Kelly. Matt is always on the wing at face-off and almost always in transition on fast break opportunities. What really impresses me about him however is that he constantly ridicules the opponent’s best midfielder by stripping away the ball on the dodge. The Bocklet family must be very proud of these two!
It wasn’t that the Machine didn’t get quality shots on goal…it was just that Jesse Schwartzman stepped up big in cage! Jesse finished the match with 6 saves on 9 SOG before being relieved by Charlie Cipriano who finished with 7 additional saves. Schwartzman’s .573 save percentage is one of the best in the league and he is playing his best ball since college. Lee Zink, Dillon Roy and Tom Guadagnolo were playing like monsters against the Ohio attack, holding their leading scorer Steele Stanwick scoreless.
Anthony Kelly played excellent and went 19-of-27 (.704 pct.) on face-offs this game. This brings his total up to 133-223 on the season. Matt Bocklet and Justin Pennington took most of the responsibility on the wings and provided Kelly with great outlets off the draw. Eric O’Brien ended with 8-24 of the draws for Ohio but he definitely did his best on tying up Kelly and preventing push fast-break situations.
The midfield unit for Denver has been playing lights out! The biggest advantage for the Outlaws is that they have 5-6 very good dodging midfielders and an opponent can only put a longpole on one of them at a time. Drew Snider’s three goals now put him in third place in the league and his speed has continued to frustrate defenders. Jeremy Seiverts is probably the most versatile guy in the unit, using his size and speed to notch his modest 23 points thus far on the season. Other guys that fill in include Zack Greer, Justin Pennington, Terry Kimener, Justin Turri, and Landon Carr. These guys start with dodging and fealing out their defenders, but then get warmed up and start to rifle 2-point shots…..Justin Turri notched a beautiful left hander that pinged the corner this game.
The Outlaws return to action this Saturday, June 29th when they welcome the Charlotte Hounds to the Mile High City. Charlotte is coming off of an overtime victory against the Bayhawks this week and will be hungry for another win. The Machine also play this Saturday when they play host to the Boston Cannons. Boston has had a spark to life in the last few weeks, and it will prove to be a great game.
On to the next one….
DENVER GOALS: Bocklet 6, Snider 3, Law 3, Seiverts 2, Greer 2, Mundorf 1, Turri 1
OHIO GOALS: Resetarits 2, Schuss 1, Martin 1, Cummings 1
DENVER ASSISTS: Greer 3, Law 2, Pennington 1, Bocklet 1, Roy 1, Snider 1
OHIO ASSISTS: No assists recorded