The Denver Outlaws (7-4) extended their win streak to six games with a Fourth of July drubbing of the road-weary Boston Cannons (3-8). Denver's impressive and relentless 25-11 victory gave the crowd of 29,973 reason to celebrate and mirrored the post-game fireworks celebration. Rookie Chris Cloutier continued the impressive start to his Major League Lacrosse (MLL) career by scoring six goals, five in the fourth quarter, to lead a parade of 10 goal scorers for the Outlaws.
Matt Kavanagh had four goals, Mikie Schlosser and Zach Currier had three, while Romar Dennis, Drew Snider, Eric Law added two markers apiece. Law, Cloutier and Kavanagh also had three assists. Denver faceoff specialist, Max Adler, won 28-of-39 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls in a dominating performance against Boston's Trevor Baptiste. Goaltender Jack Kelly stopped 12-of-18 shots, including five each in the second and third quarters to keep Denver within two losses of both the top two teams in the MLL standings, the Dallas Rattlers and Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Mark Cockerton scored six times, Tim Edwards scored a pair and added an assist and Sergio Perkovic added a two-point goal in the first quarter for Boston, which was playing its second road game in three nights. It was the second time this season that the Cannons allowed 25 goals in a game.
The Outlaws jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 4:28 of the game, led 6-3 at the end of the first quarter and 11-4 at halftime. B.J. O'Hara's squad didn't let the halftime break spoil their fun and came out of the break with three more goals as Kavanagh, Currier and Dennis extended the Outlaws' lead to 14-4. After the Cannons bounced back with three goals of their own, Denver tallied eight straight times to take a 22-7 lead with 12:13 left in the game, which was no longer in doubt.
Since leaving Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Mile High city, Cloutier has 24 goals and 12 assists in his first five MLL contests. He has scored on 24-of-33 shots on goal and has missed the cage just 11 times.
The Outlaws will host Dallas on July 22, while the Cannons visit New York July 19.
Follow Major League Lacrosse on Instagram (
@majorleaguelax), Snapchat (@majorleaguelax) and Twitter (
@MLL_Lacrosse) for all of the latest news and updates.