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The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Playoffs begin this Saturday, Aug. 11 with what could be termed coincidental recent familiarity, as both matchups are exact in terms of teams and venues from games played July 28-29. The second-place Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-5) will once again host the third-place Denver Outlaws (8-6) in the first of two MLL semifinal games. Chesapeake beat Denver twice during the regular season, 24-22 in May, and 13-11 in Annapolis on July 28.
Meanwhile, the fourth-place New York Lizards (8-6) will return to the Ford Center at The Star, where they squeaked one out a week ago Sunday against the regular-season champion Dallas Rattlers (11-3) by the score of 13-12. It was the Rattlers' lone home loss of the season in their new digs since relocating from Rochester.
Chesapeake (9-5) versus Denver (8-6) • Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Game Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern
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Regular Season: 9-5, Second
Head Coach: Dave Cottle
Winner of Steinfeld Trophy: 2013, 2012, 2010, 2005, 2002
Last MLL Playoff Win: MLL Championship Game vs. Charlotte, Aug. 25, 2013
Streak versus Denver: 5 Wins, 0 Losses
Last victory over Denver: July 28, 2018
Home record: 5-2
Record with six days or more of rest: 6-1
Goals Scored: 176 (7th)
Goals Against: 174 (1st)
Had seven-game win streak, May 13-July 7
Lost three of last four
Colin Heacock 23 goals 15 assists
Myles Jones 22 goals 15 assists
Josh Byrne 22 goals 7 assists
Stephen Kelly 102 ground balls
Isaiah Davis-Allen 51 ground balls
Niko Amato 8 wins
Regular Season: 8-6, Third
Head Coach: B.J. O'Hara
Winner of Steinfeld Trophy: 2016, 2014
Last MLL Playoff Win: MLL semifinals vs. Rattlers, Aug. 12, 2017
Streak versus Chesapeake: 0 Wins, 5 Losses
Last win over Chesapeake: May 24, 2015
Road record: 3-4
Record with six days or more of rest: 5-3
Goals Scored: 225 (1st)
Goals Against: 183 (3rd)
Current three-game win streak is New York's longest this season.
Has won three of last four road games and will be playing its third straight road game.
Eric Law 50 goals 18 assists
Matt Kavanagh 34 goals 19 assists
Chris Cloutier 26 goals 14 assists (6 games)
Max Adler 48 ground balls
Matt Bocklet 42 ground balls
Jack Kelly 7 wins
Mike Simon leads all active players with four MLL Championships: 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012
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