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Denver Earns Third Straight Title Trip with 13-12 Victory over Bayhawks

August 11, 2018
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They're back! And this time for the third straight postseason.

The Denver Outlaws again have secured a spot in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship Game with a 13-12 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Annapolis. 

In certain sports, conventional wisdom says that it's tough to beat the same opponent three times in the same season. The Bayhawks had beaten the Outlaws twice. If it's August and you're trying to defeat BJ O'Hara's team for a third straight time and a shot at the Steinfeld Trophy, the task is even greater.

The Outlaws got four goals, one assist and nine ground balls from midfielder Zach Currier, two goals and four assists from Eric Law, three goals and two assists from Kylor Bellistri, a dominating performance from Max Adler at the faceoff X (21-of-29) and six timely saves in the second half by goaltender Dillon Ward. 

Currier, named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his performance, is thrilled to be able to extend the season one more game.

"Anytime you can get a chance to extend your season to play with guys that you go to battle with you are going to play your heart out," Currier said. "That's what we did tonight and it worked out for us."

Currier's Outlaws and Team Canada teammate, Ward, made a gutsy kick-save on the Bayhawks' Ian MacKay, yet another member of Team Canada with just :36 left in the fourth quarter.

"Dillon is the best goalie in the world, and he's proven it time and time again. It's awesome that he's part of our team. Jack (Kelly) went down and no one really worried about it because we had D. Ward back," Currier related. "That's nothing against Jack, he's amazing as well. We're really sad that he's not with us but having Dillon there to be able to step in and fill those shoes is awesome. We're thankful to have them both."

The Bayhawks, making their first playoff appearance since they won the 2013 championship, got four goals and an assist from Lyle Thompson in his first-ever MLL playoff appearance. Myles Jones, Josh Byrne and Colin Heacock each added a pair of goals for Chesapeake. 

The Outlaws will face the Dallas Rattlers in the championship game in Charleston Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at MUSC Health Stadium. 

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