In only his second year out of the University of Virginia, Denver Outlaws attackman Chris Bocklet has made his presence known throughout Major League Lacrosse. Chris has emerged as the perfect complement to perennial All-Star attackman Brendan Mundorf and the host of other offensively minded All-Stars on the Denver Squad. The attackman was strong from his 2012 MLL debut, scoring ten goals in his first three games, finishing off his rookie campaign with 17 goals and three assists in seven games.
Bocklet has added to the success of last season, improving all areas of his game; he now leads the league in goals with 33 and is second only to Paul Rabil with 42 points, an incredible feat for a second year player. Chris attributes his rise in production to his routine this offseason and the pressure he put on himself to get even better, “I kinda put a lot of pressure on myself, because I really wanted to play for the Outlaws. I enjoyed it and got a taste of it last year, playing in some games at the end of the season, and how fun it is, so I took the offseason as a time to get ready and prepare myself so that when the season came around I was confident in my stick and confident that I would play and be a starter for the Outlaws.”
When asked about what the selection meant to him, the second year attackman said, “First of all it’s an amazing honor to be selected. There are so many great players on every single team in this league, so it’s just an amazing honor to be selected as an All-Star. I just want to represent the Outlaws in the game, and I’m excited for it. It should be fun. I grew up watching it; it’s always been entertaining and I’m always looking forward to it every year, so I’m definitely excited to be a part of it now.”
Bocklet’s successes on the offensive end are a large reason his Outlaws have been of fire. Denver leads the league in goals for with 17.2 a game, an impressive 4.2 more than Boston, the next highest team. Not only are they scoring, they are scoring efficiently, leading the league in shooting percentage, converting on .358 of their shots—once again, good for the league lead. The incredible offense, lead by a plethora of All-Stars, coupled with stellar defensive play, anchored by the brick wall they call Jesse Schwartzman, has led to an impressive team record—the ’13 Outlaws now hold the best record to start a season, 10-0, surpassing the ’05 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best ever.