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Lacrosse Magazine October 2014 Issue Released Featuring Denver Outlaws MLL Championship, Big Ten Conference And Fall Ball Preview
Denver Outlaws Top Rochester Rattlers 12-11 To Claim 2014 MLL Championship; 6-1 Fourth Quarter Run Earns Team First Title In Nine Seasons
Denver Outlaws Face Rochester Rattlers In 2014 MLL Championship Game On Aug 23; Look To Win First Title In 9 Years In Rematch 2008 Final
The 2014 MLL All-Star Game was a matchup of stars that remained tightly contested until the final seconds, but it was Coca-Cola All-Star Game MVP Rob Pannell who scored the game-winning goal, with just seven seconds to spare in the game, to give Team USA the 10-9 victory over Team MLL.
The first quarter had much of what fans expected from such a high-caliber matchup. Although Team MLL initially had trouble maintaining possession, a goal by Team USA’s Kevin Leveille seemed to wake them up. After that goal, each possession featured quality offensive movement and athletic saves by both USA’s Jesse Schwartzman and MLL’s Jordan Burke. Justin Turri answered with a goal for Team MLL, but Leveille, the league’s all-time leading goal scorer, notched his second of the night on a pass from Pannell to put USA back in front. Just before the quarter expired, MLL’s Peter Baum scored to knot things up at 2-2.
The second quarter began with quick turnovers from each team, but it was Team USA who finally held onto the ball long enough to score, as Garrett Thul charged the net and snuck one past Burke. After MLL tied the game up once again when Joe Walters scored on a pass from former Hamilton Nationals teammate Kevin Crowley, USA finally gave themselves some breathing room with two consecutive goals from Dave Lawson and Kevin Buchanan.
Team MLL refused to let the game get away from them, as Matt Danowski scored on a dive around the net to bring the team back within one. However, it was Burke who deserved much of the praise in the final moments of the second quarter, making multiple outstanding saves to preserve the score at 5-4 entering halftime.
In the second frame, the Lizards finally got on the board with a nice shot from Rob Pannell, but Sieverts didn’t wait too long before getting the goal back—and then some. Sieverts wound up and fired, this time from behind the arc, and recorded his fifth two-point goal of the season to push Denver’s lead to five goals.
New York continued to battle, though, and goals from Steve DeNapoli and Max Seibald cut the Outlaws’ lead to three goals with less than five minutes to go in the half. But with the half coming to a close, Dickson fired in his first goal of the night and Snider netted his second of the game to give Denver some breathing room heading into the locker room.
Before the whistle blew, the Lizards fired one more shot on goal, but Jesse Schwartzman stopped it for his 1,100th career save.
The Outlaws scored six times in the third quarter—their highest-scoring third quarter of the season. Cameron Flint and Grant both scored on assists from Dickson—then Dickson did some scoring himself. With Denver up 10-5 after New York found the net three times in the quarter, Dickson ran to his right and fired a shot between the goalie’s five-hole for a goal. Then 41 seconds later, Dickson flew through the crease and fired in a shot before landing to give him a hat trick on the night. Dickson wasn’t done though, less than a minute later he netted another goal to give him four on the night and three within a two-minute span.
Cam Holding got his only goal of the night, and his first with the Denver Outlaws, as time ran out in the third quarter to give Denver a 14-5 lead heading into the fourth.
Snider opened the final frame with his third goal of the night on an assist from Dickson, and Law scored shortly thereafter. The goal was Law’s third of the night as well, giving him 20 goals on the season and five hat tricks this year.
Charlie Cipriano came into the game to replace Schwartzman in goal with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Schwartzman finished the game with 15 saves on 21 shots (.714 save pct.).