Monthly Archives: June 2013

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (9-0) Tie Record For Best Start In MLL History, Clinch Playoff Birth With 17-11 Win Over Charlotte Hounds


With a 17-11 win against the Charlotte Hounds, Denver Outlaws tied the best start in league history and clinched an MLL Playoff berth. The last team to open its season with nine straight wins is the 2005 Chesapeake Bayhawks.  The Outlaws’ Jesse Schwartzman earned Player of the Game honors after making a career-high 27 saves, the second-most in club history. The goalie kept the Hounds (4-5), who entered the game ranked second in the league in scoring offense and outshot the Outlaws (9-0) 37-33, largely at bay.  “[Jesse] won the game for us,” Denver Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said. “He made some phenomenal saves. He didn’t start out very well. I was a little concerned in the first quarter, but he certainly shut the door in the second, third, and fourth quarter. He was terrific.” On the offensive end of the field, Eric Law led all scorers with four goals. Sieverts, Brendan Mundorf, and Chris Bocklet each completed a hat trick.  The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Charlotte’s Matt Danowski netted a goal 23 seconds in before Law and Zack Greer scored to give Denver a 2-1 lead. The two teams traded goals through the rest of the period, with the Hounds’ Jake Tripucka notching the last tally of the quarter to put Charlotte up 5-4 heading into the second. The last time that the Outlaws trailed after the first period was in their season opener against the Hounds on April 27.

With a 17-11 win against the Charlotte Hounds, Denver Outlaws tied the best start in league history and clinched an MLL Playoff berth. The last team to open its season with nine straight wins is the 2005 Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The Outlaws’ Jesse Schwartzman earned Player of the Game honors after making a career-high 27 saves, the second-most in club history. The goalie kept the Hounds (4-5), who entered the game ranked second in the league in scoring offense and outshot the Outlaws (9-0) 37-33, largely at bay.
“[Jesse] won the game for us,” Denver Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said. “He made some phenomenal saves. He didn’t start out very well. I was a little concerned in the first quarter, but he certainly shut the door in the second, third, and fourth quarter. He was terrific.”
On the offensive end of the field, Eric Law led all scorers with four goals. Sieverts, Brendan Mundorf, and Chris Bocklet each completed a hat trick.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Charlotte’s Matt Danowski netted a goal 23 seconds in before Law and Zack Greer scored to give Denver a 2-1 lead. The two teams traded goals through the rest of the period, with the Hounds’ Jake Tripucka notching the last tally of the quarter to put Charlotte up 5-4 heading into the second. The last time that the Outlaws trailed after the first period was in their season opener against the Hounds on April 27.

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National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Legends #24 John Grant Jr. And #22 Gary Gait Career Comparisons As “The Greatest?”


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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws And Charlotte Hounds Rematch On June 29 Features MLL’s Most Prolific Scoring Offenses


Denver Outlaws vs Charlotte Hounds Preview

The Charlotte Hounds travel to Denver this weekend to take on the unbeaten Outlaws on Saturday night at 9 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast on a one-hour delay on CBS Sports Network at 10 p.m.
With a win, Denver has the opportunity to move to 9-0, tying the ’05 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best record to start a season. That ’05 Bayhawks team didn’t remain undefeated, but won when it mattered—defeating the Long Island Lizards in the MLL Championship Game, earning them the Steinfeld Trophy.
Both these teams like to put up points, more so than anyone else in the league—Charlotte scores an average of 13 goals a game, trailing only Denver who puts up an impressive 17.5 goals a game. Defensively, Denver allows a league best 9.63 goals per game while Charlotte allows a fifth best 12.88. Charlotte needs to find a way to both put up more goals, and also play a bit tighter defense if they want to find a way to stop the powerful Denver Outlaws.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta Talks About Eric Law, Brendan Mundorf And Team’s Record-Setting Win Streak


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National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Moves To Vancouver After Team Averages An NLL “League-Low 4,184 Attendance” In 2013


The Washington Stealth professional lacrosse team, based in Everett since 2009, is moving to Langley, B.C. for the 2014 season. The Stealth reached the finals of the nine-team National Lacrosse League in three of the past four seasons, including winning the championship in 2010. The team said Thursday in a news release that the business side of running the team in Everett was not working out. “Ultimately, it was time for us to make a business decision to avoid losing the team altogether,”  said David Takata, the team president. This past season, the team averaged a league-low 4,184 fans per game.

The Washington Stealth professional lacrosse team, based in Everett since 2009, is moving to Langley, B.C. for the 2014 season.
The Stealth reached the finals of the nine-team National Lacrosse League in three of the past four seasons, including winning the championship in 2010.
The team said Thursday in a news release that the business side of running the team in Everett was not working out.
“Ultimately, it was time for us to make a business decision to avoid losing the team altogether,” said David Takata, the team president.
This past season, the team averaged a league-low 4,184 fans per game.

Lacrosse Tournaments: “2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout” Releases 20-Team Men’s Elite Division Brackets And Play-In Games Beginning On July 4


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Men’s Elite Division: (20 teams): Adrenaline Tropics, All Out, Brine Elite, Colorado Mavs, Crease Beavers, Denver City Lax, FCA, Jammin Salmon, Lacrossewear, Lofers, Millenium Lacrosse Club, MN Chill, Prestige Lacrosse, Rocky Mtn Oysters, Southern Combat Americans, Team Gutman, Team Tama, The Big Green Herd, True Lacrosse, and Warrior X

2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men's Elite Brackets

2013 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men's Elite Brackets Play-In Games

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Amy Bokker Looks To Build On Team’s 2013 Success And Push “Deeper Into The Postseason”


Stanford Women's Lacrosse BannerWhile Bokker was excited about her team’s success, she notes the team’s sights are set even higher for next year and believes her team is equipped with the experience and talent necessary to compete deeper into the postseason.

Stanford Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Amy Bokker

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Amy Bokker

Stanford women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Bokker began the 2013 season with one specific message she hoped her young team – consisting of 19 underclassmen – would embrace: “Get better every day.”

“The younger players showed they had the drive to never settle and keep competing and not give up during the game, and competed for the full 60 minutes,” Bokker said. “Our older players really showed good leadership and poise in times when the game was on the line.”

“There’s a lot of self-motivation, they drive themselves,” Bokker said. “They had a taste of what that is like this year, so I think that is motivating in and of itself and leaves them hungry for more.”

Stanford will return all but two players – graduated seniors Carolyn Bradley and Elizabeth Adam – and welcome a talented recruiting class consisting of 10 freshmen and one rising sophomore transfer that will provide additional depth to the experienced roster.

Among key returners will be rising seniors Anna KimNina Swanson, Megan Lerner and Lyndsey Munoz, and rising redshirt junior Rachel Ozer.

“Having the core of our scoring threats, defenders and goalie be in the senior class, the expectation of leadership will be pretty high, and again for them to help the large freshman class coming in understand what our goals are and how to get on board with that early,” Bokker said.

As many of the players head home for summer break, Bokker believes her team will continue to embrace the “get better every day” mentality and will return to campus ready to challenge for another MPSF championship and a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament.