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Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of 2012 MLL Championship Game On Aug 26

The Chesapeake Bayhawks became the first team in MLL history to win four league championships after earning a 16-6 victory over the Denver Outlaws at Harvard Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks Defeat Denver Outlaws 16-6 To Win 2012 MLL Lacrosse Championship On August 26

For the fourth time in their 12-year history, the Chesapeake Bayhawks have claimed the title of Major League Lacrosse champions. Led by four goals from midfielder Ben Hunt, including a pair of two-point markers, the Bayhawks overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a convincing 16-6 victory over the top-seeded Denver Outlaws in front of 7,384 fans at Harvard Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The win allowed the Bayhawks to become the first team in Major League Lacrosse history to win four league titles. Meanwhile, the Outlaws had their seven-game win streak snapped, dating back to last season. After midfielder Casey Cittadino and attackman Mark Matthews gave Denver a 2-0 lead in the opening nine minutes of the first quarter, the Bayhawks recovered with a seven-point run, including a pair of goals from midfielder Steven Brooks and attackman Danny Glading, to take a 7-2 lead just under a minute into the second quarter. But, the Outlaws responded by scoring three of the next four goals, including a goal and an assist from Matthews, to trim the deficit to 8-5 with 3:40 remaining in the first half. A pair of goals from Hunt and attackman Ben Rubeor extended the Bayhawks’ advantage to 10-5 at the intermission. The Bayhawks upped their cushion to 14-5 in the third quarter with three straight goals, including a two-point marker from Hunt.

Major League Lacrosse Championships: Denver Outlaws Defeat Long Island Lizards 13-12 After Trailing By 9 Goals In Third Quarter; Face Chesapeake In Championship Game On Aug 26

Trailing 12-3 with 11:32 to play in the third quarter and the reigning MLL MVP sidelined due to injury, it appeared that the Outlaws’ record-setting season had reached its end. That’s when Denver set another record with a 10-0 run to end the game, catapulting the franchise into the Steinfeld Cup title game with a 13-12 victory over Long Island. “We never gave up,” Stagnitta said. “Despite facing a large deficit and missing several key players, we were able to take one more step toward the goal we set at the start of the season. “I couldn’t be more proud of the grit and resiliency that this team showed today. We needed guys to step up, and they did just that when their numbers were called.” The top-seeded Outlaws were dealt a blow on Friday as the team’s leading scorer, attackman Brendan Mundorf, suffered an ankle injury during the team’s practice. Mundorf, who had been crowned the league’s most valuable player just one day earlier, finished second in the league with 59 points in 2012. With its leading scorer sidelined, Denver turned to rookie Chris Bocklet, who took Mundorf’s place in the starting lineup. The attackman, playing in just his eighth career MLL game responded with a career-best six goals.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Face Long Island Lizards In First Semifinal Game Of 2012 MLL Championship Weekend On Aug 25

Long Island and Denver split their pair of regular-season matchups, with each team winning at home. The Outlaws took the first meeting, 19-11, in the second week of the season, behind hat tricks from Josh Sims, Jeremy Sieverts, Brendan Mundorf and Peet Poillon. But that was before the 2012 college class started contributing, of which both teams had significant members — most notably Mark Matthews, Drew Snider and Chris Bocklet for Denver, and Matt Gibson, Tommy Palasek and CJ Costabile for Long Island. The Lizards won the rematch in mid-June, 14-8, as they rattled off eight straight goals to close the game.

Semifinal Game 1:
No. 4 Long Island (8-6) vs. No. 1 Denver (11-3)
1 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2/ESPN3)
Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, Mass.

The 2012 storylines for Long Island and Denver aren’t all that dissimilar: Both have a first-year head coach — Joe Spallina of Long Island, Jim Stagnitta of Denver — and both underwent significant roster overhauls in the offseason, which led to doubts about their postseason aspirations. But they enter Championship Weekend riding distinctly different streaks: Denver has won six straight, and is considered the trendy pick to win its first title; Long Island dropped consecutive games to end the season and backed into the playoffs.

“The tide turned for us, but only in the last couple weeks. We went through the season as everyone questioned: Can this team compete?” Stagnitta said. “People picked us to not even make the playoffs earlier in the year. We were a tweener. I don’t think our guys have lost that mentality, honestly. I don’t think you go from being the big underdog that we were to legitimately being a big favorite.”

Seemingly the only thing that could get in the Outlaws’ way: themselves, or more specifically, their own roster health. Faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly has been battling a hamstring injury for most of the season, and he will play an important role in slowing Gurenlian, though Kelly (when he was with Ohio) won only 2-of-15 against Gurenlian earlier in the year.

Stagnitta expects Kelly to be ready for the weekend.

“I have not heard anything that would make me think that it’s not fine,” Stagnitta said. “Anthony is a veteran, and he’s been around a long time. In my conversations with him, he’s pulled up short of doing any type of serious damage to it. He and the trainers both felt he would be fine. Obviously he’s had a couple weeks to rehab and work on it. My expectation, and all the information I’ve gotten, is he should be fine.”

Denver also activated earlier this month rookie Stephen Robarge (VMI), who went 17-for-30 against Gurenlian in early May before sustaining a “broken high thumb between his wrist and thumb.” Stagnitta suggested the Outlaws would dress Robarge on Saturday.

“Anthony is a big boy. But it’s two days, a lot of faceoffs,” Stagnitta said. “We just felt like, if we have him there with us that weekend, one way or the other, he would be that safety net for us, just in case. Also, just to give Anthony a break and let him catch his breath, and not have to take 50 faceoffs over a weekend.”

Stagnitta has preached all year playing balanced team offense, and balanced team defense. But he knows the importance the center of the field will play against Long Island.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/mll/2011-12/news/082312_overhauled_denver_long_island_square_off_in_major_league_lacrosse_semifinals

Major League Lacrosse: “2012 MLL Championship Weekend” Team Comparison Notes

Major League Lacrosse: 2012 MLL Championship Weekend Semifinal Games Feature Denver Outlaws Vs Long Island Lizards And Boston Cannons Vs Chesapeake Bayhawks On Aug 25

The four championship weekend qualifying teams (Boston, Denver, Chesapeake, and Long Island) will participate in a practice open to the public at Harvard Stadium on Fri., Aug. 24th from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 25, semifinals:

1 p.m. — Long Island (8-6) vs. Denver (11-3)
4 p.m. — Boston (9-5) vs. Chesapeake (10-4)

Sun., Aug. 26, championship:

3 p.m. — MLL championship game

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws (11-3) Secure Top Seed For 2012 MLL Championships With 15-13 Win Over Chesapeake Bayhawks

Attackman Brendan Mundorf scored three goals and added two assists as the Denver Outlaws (11-3) secured the top seed for the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior after earning a 15-13 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (10-4) in front of 10,420 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Outlaws, who set a team record by winning their 11th game, will face the Long Island Lizards in the first semifinal on Saturday, August 25 at 1 p.m. ET at Harvard Stadium. Meanwhile, the Bayhawks claimed the second seed for the postseason and will face the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons in the second semifinal at approximately 4 p.m.

“It definitely feels good to get that number one seed and play in the early game,” said Mundorf, who was named Bud Light Player of the Game.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/mll/2011-12/news/081112_outlaws_earn_top_seed_for_championship_weekend