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Denver Outlaws (5-1) Suffer First Loss In 25 Regular Season Games With 18-15 Defeat To Charlotte


The Denver Outlaws (5-1) dropped an 18-15 decision to the Charlotte Hounds (2-4) Saturday night on the road. Charlotte snapped Denver’s 25-game regular-season win streak, which dated back to June 23, 2012 and spanned 714 days. The game was a back-and-forth thriller and the two teams were tied a total of six times the entire night. The Hounds scored first and took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter, but Denver answered with a seven-goal second quarter, including a two-pointer on a power play by Jeremy Sieverts. Sieverts leads the MLL in two-point goals this season with four, and ranks first in Outlaws history with 17 career two-pointers. Charlotte took a 9-8 lead into halftime, but the teams traded leads and were tied three times in the third quarter, and headed into the fourth quarter all tied up at 12-12. Three different Denver players—Curtis Dickson, Jeremy Sieverts, and Drew Snider—recorded hat tricks, but Charlotte’s six-goal fourth quarter would prove to be too much for the Outlaws. Dickson scored his fourth goal of the night in his first game with the Outlaws to give Denver a 13-12 lead 27 seconds into the fourth quarter before Charlotte responded by scoring two goals in less than a minute. Domenic Sebastiani scored his second goal of the season to cut the Charlotte lead to 17-15 with two minutes left in the game, but John Haus secured the victory for the Hounds with his third goal of the night, giving the Hounds an 18-15 lead with just 17 seconds left in the game. Backup goalie Charlie Cipriano got the start for the Outlaws, the first of his three-year MLL career. Cipriano had 13 saves on 30 shots (.433) in the loss. His 13 saves and 60 minutes in goal were career-highs for the goalie. The Outlaws return to action at home Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. MDT when they host the New York Lizards for Film on the Field featuring The Amazing Spiderman.

The Denver Outlaws (5-1) dropped an 18-15 decision to the Charlotte Hounds (2-4) Saturday night on the road. Charlotte snapped Denver’s 25-game regular-season win streak, which dated back to June 23, 2012 and spanned 714 days.
The game was a back-and-forth thriller and the two teams were tied a total of six times the entire night. The Hounds scored first and took a 3-1 lead into the second quarter, but Denver answered with a seven-goal second quarter, including a two-pointer on a power play by Jeremy Sieverts. Sieverts leads the MLL in two-point goals this season with four, and ranks first in Outlaws history with 17 career two-pointers.
Charlotte took a 9-8 lead into halftime, but the teams traded leads and were tied three times in the third quarter, and headed into the fourth quarter all tied up at 12-12. Three different Denver players—Curtis Dickson, Jeremy Sieverts, and Drew Snider—recorded hat tricks, but Charlotte’s six-goal fourth quarter would prove to be too much for the Outlaws.
Dickson scored his fourth goal of the night in his first game with the Outlaws to give Denver a 13-12 lead 27 seconds into the fourth quarter before Charlotte responded by scoring two goals in less than a minute. Domenic Sebastiani scored his second goal of the season to cut the Charlotte lead to 17-15 with two minutes left in the game, but John Haus secured the victory for the Hounds with his third goal of the night, giving the Hounds an 18-15 lead with just 17 seconds left in the game.
Backup goalie Charlie Cipriano got the start for the Outlaws, the first of his three-year MLL career. Cipriano had 13 saves on 30 shots (.433) in the loss. His 13 saves and 60 minutes in goal were career-highs for the goalie.
The Outlaws return to action at home Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. MDT when they host the New York Lizards for Film on the Field featuring The Amazing Spiderman.

Denver Outlaws (5-0) Defeat Charlotte Hounds (1-4) 13-11 On May 30 At Sports Authority Field


 The Charlotte Hounds came into Denver looking to hand the Outlaws their first loss of the season—the Bocklet brothers had different plans. Down 12-11 in the fourth quarter, Matt Bocklet wound up, shot and scored to tie the game. Just 50 seconds later, his younger brother Chris found twine to give the Outlaws the lead, as they went on to win, 13-11, Friday night at Sports Authority Field. Charlotte got on the board first with a goal from John Haus, but Denver scored the next five goals en route to a six-point first quarter. With just more than two minutes left in the first, John Grant Jr. cradled the ball by Charlotte’s net, hesitated, then fired—behind his back without looking—to give him his second goal of the night and the Outlaws a 5-1 lead. Eric Law also scored a pair of goals in the first quarter to give Denver a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Hounds found the net four times in the second frame, but late goals from Grant and Law gave each player a hat trick before half time, and sent Charlotte to the locker room trailing, 9-6. Cameron Flint was ready to get back on the field after the break. He netted a goal less than a minute into the second half, but then the Outlaws went dry for the rest of the quarter. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of two-point goals to give them an 11-10 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Then, the Bocklet brothers stepped in to tie the game, and eventually take the lead. Grant scored again late in the quarter for good measure—his fourth goal of the game. Aside from marking the Outlaw’s 25th straight regular-season victory, some individual players marked special occasions, too. Matt Bocklet picked up his 300th groundball in an Outlaws jersey and Anthony Kelly won his 1300th career faceoff. Fresh out of college, Colin Dunster and Jeremy Noble made their MLL debuts. Dunster took his first career shot on goal, and Noble picked up his first two MLL points on a pair of assists, the first of which came on a first-quarter dish to his former University of Denver teammate, Eric Law. The Outlaws return to action on the road against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. MDT.

The Charlotte Hounds came into Denver looking to hand the Outlaws their first loss of the season—the Bocklet brothers had different plans. Down 12-11 in the fourth quarter, Matt Bocklet wound up, shot and scored to tie the game. Just 50 seconds later, his younger brother Chris found twine to give the Outlaws the lead, as they went on to win, 13-11, Friday night at Sports Authority Field.
Charlotte got on the board first with a goal from John Haus, but Denver scored the next five goals en route to a six-point first quarter.
With just more than two minutes left in the first, John Grant Jr. cradled the ball by Charlotte’s net, hesitated, then fired—behind his back without looking—to give him his second goal of the night and the Outlaws a 5-1 lead. Eric Law also scored a pair of goals in the first quarter to give Denver a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Hounds found the net four times in the second frame, but late goals from Grant and Law gave each player a hat trick before half time, and sent Charlotte to the locker room trailing, 9-6.
Cameron Flint was ready to get back on the field after the break. He netted a goal less than a minute into the second half, but then the Outlaws went dry for the rest of the quarter. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of two-point goals to give them an 11-10 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Then, the Bocklet brothers stepped in to tie the game, and eventually take the lead. Grant scored again late in the quarter for good measure—his fourth goal of the game.
Aside from marking the Outlaw’s 25th straight regular-season victory, some individual players marked special occasions, too. Matt Bocklet picked up his 300th groundball in an Outlaws jersey and Anthony Kelly won his 1300th career faceoff.
Fresh out of college, Colin Dunster and Jeremy Noble made their MLL debuts. Dunster took his first career shot on goal, and Noble picked up his first two MLL points on a pair of assists, the first of which came on a first-quarter dish to his former University of Denver teammate, Eric Law.
The Outlaws return to action on the road against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. MDT.

Major League Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks Top Charlotte Hounds 10-9 To Win Second Consecutive MLL Championship On August 25 (Video)


The Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Charlotte Hounds, 10-9, to earn their second consecutive MLL Championship title on Sunday, August 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, PA.

Led by Championship Weekend MVP, John Grant Jr., the Bayhawks grabbed 10 goals and played a strong defensive game. They have now earned the Championship title in three of the last four seasons, and their fifth club title.

The game opened with a faceoff win for Chesapeake’s Adam Rand, but it was the Hound’s that struck first with a goal from Ryan Young, a minute and 11 seconds into the quarter.  Adam Ghitelman made a couple of stops as the Bayhawks tried to keep the pressure on before the 2012 Championship MVP, Ben Rubeor put Chesapeake on the board, sending one into the net. Veteran attackman, Casey Powell would add to this, putting the Bayhawks up 2-1. After Charlotte went 1-5 in shots on goal, Young grabbed another one to even up the game. This was only temporary as Grant came in with the pick and roll to give the Bayhawks the 3-2 advantage.

The score would remain at 3-2 until the 3:43 mark in the second quarter, when Grant would take the feed from Powell to score again, making it a 4-2 difference. Charlotte failed to take advantage of a man-up situation and just couldn’t get a shot off. Matt Danowski was the only Hound to take a shot on goal in the quarter. To close out the half Grant slashed another goal with 1.1 seconds on the clock to head into halftime up 5-2 and complete a natural hat trick.

The third quarter would see a change in pace, with the ball traveling up and down the field, the type of lacrose tailored for a young, Hounds team, but still they struggled to compete. Grant would again send the ball sailing past Ghitelman, carrying his team to a 6-2 lead. The Hounds then turned it on, scoring two goals 46 seconds apart, one from rookie Jake Tripucka, and Young completing his hat trick. With a 6-4 lead, the Bayhawks kept the Hounds scoreless the rest of the quarter. Drew Westervelt and Matt Mackrides would contribute to the Chesapeake lead, making it 8-4 before heading into the final 15 minutes of the MLL season.

Major League Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Charlotte Hounds Win Over Denver Outlaws In “2013 MLL Championship Weekend” Semifinals


An MLL Championship Record 9 Goal performance from Denver Rookie Eric Law wasn’t enough to keep Mike Sawyer and the Charlotte Hounds from advancing to their first ever MLL Championship.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Lose To Charlotte Hounds 17-14 In MLL Semifinal To Finish 14-1; Eric Law Scores MLL Playoff Record 9 Goals


It had been 364 days since the Outlaws lost a game, but that streak came to an end with a 17-14 defeat to Charlotte in the MLL Semifinals on Saturday. After Denver scored the game’s opening goal, the Hounds went on an 11-2 run to jump out to a lead that the Outlaws could not recover from. Charlotte won 15-of-20 faceoffs in the first half and turned those possessions into the most goals that the Outlaws allowed in a first half all year. Attackman Eric Law was a bright spot for Denver in the first half as the rookie netted six of the team’s seven goals in the opening half. “It’s tough. It’s the wrong time of the season to be on the losing end of one. We had a great regular season, but we just got outplayed today. That’s all there is too it.” The Outlaws closed the half with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 13-7 at the break – just the second time the club trailed at the intermission all year. Denver got back in the game after outscoring Charlotte 3-1 in the third quarter. After Brendan Mundorf netted his first of the game, Law found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the game.  The final goal of the frame turned momentum back to the Outlaws when goalie Jesse Schwartzman took the ball off a restart with :04 on the clock and lobbed a bomb down the field to Zach Greer. Greer jumped up to grab the pass and dumped it in the back of the net to make the score Charlotte 14, Denver 10 entering the final frame. Denver started the fourth quarter with Eric Law’s MLL postseason-record eighth goal of the game that made it a 6-1 run for the Outlaws dating back to the end of the first half.

It had been 364 days since the Outlaws lost a game, but that streak came to an end with a 17-14 defeat to Charlotte in the MLL Semifinals on Saturday.
After Denver scored the game’s opening goal, the Hounds went on an 11-2 run to jump out to a lead that the Outlaws could not recover from. Charlotte won 15-of-20 faceoffs in the first half and turned those possessions into the most goals that the Outlaws allowed in a first half all year.
Attackman Eric Law was a bright spot for Denver in the first half as the rookie netted six of the team’s seven goals in the opening half.
“It’s tough. It’s the wrong time of the season to be on the losing end of one. We had a great regular season, but we just got outplayed today. That’s all there is too it.”
The Outlaws closed the half with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to 13-7 at the break – just the second time the club trailed at the intermission all year.
Denver got back in the game after outscoring Charlotte 3-1 in the third quarter. After Brendan Mundorf netted his first of the game, Law found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the game.
The final goal of the frame turned momentum back to the Outlaws when goalie Jesse Schwartzman took the ball off a restart with :04 on the clock and lobbed a bomb down the field to Zach Greer. Greer jumped up to grab the pass and dumped it in the back of the net to make the score Charlotte 14, Denver 10 entering the final frame.
Denver started the fourth quarter with Eric Law’s MLL postseason-record eighth goal of the game that made it a 6-1 run for the Outlaws dating back to the end of the first half.

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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Defense And Goaltending Should Carry Team To Semi-Final Win Over Charlotte Hounds On August 24


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Denver Outlaws vs Charlotte Hounds 2013 MLL Championship Weekend Semifinal

As MLL Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink approaches, our MLL Insiders haven taken a deeper look into this week’s matchups. For our first analysis we look at semifinal number one between the Denver Outlaws and the Charlotte Hounds. 2013 presented a year of firsts for these two teams, Denver recorded the league’s first undefeated regular season, while Charlotte was able to capture its first playoff appearance in club history. Let’s take a look at the numbers and see who has the advantage in 2013’s first playoff game.

Offense

Charlotte

  • 62% of all team shots are on goal.
  • Ended the season third in the league in shooting percentage
  • Matt Danowski — 49 points (33g, 10a, 6 2PTG)
  • Ryan Young — 40 points (30g, 10a)
  • Peet Poillon — 33 points (23g, 5a, 5 2PTG)
  • Team recorded 15 total two-point goals in regular season play
  • Scored 64 goals in their last five games of the season.
  • Shot 31% in the final five games of the regular season.
  • Poillon leads in the team in points (18) when they sport their away jerseys.
  • Hounds assisted on just under half of their goals scored.

Denver

  • Chris Bocklet — 55 points (42g, 13a)
  • Drew Snider — 46 points (31g, 14a, 1 2PTG)
  • Jeremy Sieverts — 44 points (27g, 11a, 62 PTG)
  • Led the league in shots taken and shooting percentage in the regular season.
  • Have eight scorers in double digits on the season when considered the “home” team.
  • Distribution of points tends to fall off after their leading scorers.
  • Averaging 13.8 points per game in their last five contests.

Advantage — Charlotte

While everyone looked at the Denver Outlaws offense in awe this past season, many overlooked the talent that was coming together in Charlotte. Matt Danowski anchors a group of talented young attackmen, including the world record holder for lacrosse’s fastest shot, Mike Sawyer. Another reason why the Hound’s offense is so impressive is their transition game. Mason Poli, a rookie LSM out of Bryant University, has proved his worth to this team on both ends of the field racking up 11 points from the wing position on faceoffs. Look for Charlotte to move the ball effectively in this one and test Warrior Goalie of the Year Jesse Schwartzman.

Defense

Charlotte

  • Allowed an average of 18.5 goals against in both matchups with Denver this season.
  • Allowed five goals to Denver on 13 man-up opportunities (62% kill rate)
  • Let up a combined 21 points to Bocklet and Sieverts (15 goals)

Denver

  • Allowed 27 points to Charlotte in the first two meetings of 2013
  • Only allowed one double digit scorer in both games combined (Danowski, 10)
  • Killed 80% of Charlotte’s man-up opportunities (8-10)

Advantage — Denver

Defense is something that isn’t always appreciated in MLL, but the performance of the 2013 Outlaws defense is one for the record books. Their outstanding team defense approach, combined with great communication skills, are the reason why the Denver-D gets the nod in this week’s matchup. Defensive player of the year candidate Lee Zink will have the tough task of slowing down one of the many talented players that Charlotte has to offer, but don’t expect this tested veteran to roll over, Zink is still seeking his first championship as a member of the undefeated Outlaws.

Goaltending

Charlotte

  • Adam Ghitelman allowed 16 goals in one start vs. Denver this season (16 saves, .500 save percentage)
  • Has given up two overtime goals this season (0-2 in overtime games)
  • Ghitelman currently stands at a 12.10 GAA
  • League’s only below 50% save percentage goaltender this season.
  • Made 156 saves in 2013.

Denver

  • Jesse Schwartzman, 2013 Warrior Goalie of the Year.
  • Set league record for goals against average (9.67)
  • Stood in net for all 14 of Denver’s wins in 2013
  • Made 184 saves this season (13.14 per game)
  • Allowed just three two-point goals this summer.

Advantage — Denver

Despite Schwartzman getting the advantage in this matchup, lacrosse fans should know that the goalie position is one that can change from week to week. Adam Ghitelman has been a stud in net this year for the Hounds and should not be overlooked just because he is a second year player. Ghitelman’s college career at Virginia exposed him to the big game environment that Championship Weekend has to offer, so don’t be surprised if number 8 plays the game of his life this weekend. One thing Schwartzman will have to deal with this weekend that his opponent will not is pressure. The veteran netminder is inching closer to the “best goaltender in league history” conversation, but needs to bring that coveted Steinfeld Trophy back to Denver for the first time to tighten up his resume.

Conclusion

While on paper it would appear that Denver has a clear advantage in this matchup, past MLL Championship Weekends have shown us that anything can happen once the league’s championship is on the line. Charlotte has nothing to lose making the playoffs for the first time in club history, while Denver looks to capture the coveted title that they have come so close to winning several times before. Be sure to tune in and catch the action on ESPN2 at 1 P.M EST, Saturday August 24. Also, be sure to stay tuned to MajorLeagueLacrosse.com as we break down semifinal number two, between the Hamilton Nationals and Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Face Charlotte Hounds In “2013 MLL Championship Weekend Semi-Finals” On Aug 24 Live On ESPN2


Denver Outlaws vs Charlotte Hounds MLL SemiFinal 2013

The Denver Outlaws and the Charlotte Hounds will meet in the first semi-final matchup of Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, this Saturday, August 24 at 1 p.m. (ET). The game will be played at PPL Park in Chester, PA, with the winner advancing to the finals Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m. (ET). Fans can see both events live on ESPN2 at their respective times.
Denver enters the contest as the top seed, and home team, earning their position after an undefeated regular season of 14-0, the first perfect season in MLL history. Charlotte captured the fourth and final spot, earning the club’s first playoff berth in only its second year of play. The Hounds recorded a 7-7 record throughout the regular season, and will be the visiting team in the matchup.
Saturday will mark the third meeting between the two teams this season. Denver owns the 2-0 advantage, defeating the Hounds 21-16 in Week 1, and 17-11 in Week 9. In the first week of play attackman Chris Bocklet earned Player of the Game, rifling in six goals while registering a .667 shooting percentage. Anthony Kelly went 19-29 at the faceoff X, and Drew Snider tallied three assists for the Outlaws. Charlotte’s captain Matt Danowski scored five and added an assist, but were without goalie Adam Ghitelman at the time.
In the second meeting of the season, Denver used a 6-0 second quarter run to fuel past the Hounds. Goalie Jesse Schwartzman put together a 27 save outing, earning Player of the Game, and setting the single-game season high for saves this year. Jeremy Sieverts [3g, 3a] and Eric Law [4g, 1a] also played well for the Colorado club. Tim Fallon went 18-31 at the faceoff X for the Hounds, a vast improvement from his 15-39 finish in the first matchup.
This weekend’s meeting features two high scoring squads who have the talent and the tools to bury the ball. Denver enters the contest as the favorite, but if Ghitelman and Charlotte’s defense can put together a steller performance they absolutely have a shot at this year’s powerhouse. The Hounds’ youth will get a real test, and will need to remain calm and confident on the big stage. Denver will look to rely on their veterans for continued dominance as they search for the program’s first Steinfeld Trophy.
Be sure to tune in to ESPN2 at 1 p.m. (ET) this Saturday to see the game live. The second semi-final will follow as the Chesapeake Bayhawks take on the Hamilton Nationals at 4 p.m. (ET). CBS Sports Network will broadcast that game live. The winners of both contests will meet in Sunday’s Championship Game which will be played at 3 p.m. (ET) and broadcast live on ESPN2.

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