For just the second time all year – and second week in a row – the Outlaws faced a second-half deficit.
But just as they did IN Week 12 vs. Chesapeake, the Outlaws used a fourth-quarter surge to take the lead over the New York Lizards and never look back on their way to another victory.
The 13-10 win marked the 13th of the season for Denver, which sets a new Major League Lacrosse record for most victories in a season. Denver has already locked up the league’s winningest season in terms of win percentage.
The Lizards jumped on the board first with an unassisted tally by Kevin Unterstein 3:12 into the game. The teams traded goals throughout the first frame with Justin Pennington and Jeremy Sieverts scoring for Denver and Jo-Jo Marasco and Stephen Mock joining Unterstein in the stat sheet for New York.
Denver got back-to-back scores from Chris Bocklet and Sieverts, each of whom would finish with a hat trick, to open the second stanza and give the Outlaws their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Rob Pannell converted an Outlaws turnover into an open-net goal to knot the game at 4-4 at the 6:13 mark of the second quarter.
Denver regained the edge on a Zack Greer goal off the ensuing faceoff, but Marasco scored his second of the game to tie the game once again at the 9:09 mark.
Sieverts netted his third of the game to once again put the Outlaws ahead, but David Earl found the back of the net with six seconds left in the first half to send the game into the intermission deadlocked at 6-6.