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RECAP: Outlaws win Battle for First Place 22-9 over Nationals

March 18, 2016
The Denver Outlaws remain the only undefeated team in the League after a 22-9 victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., Saturday night.

Brendan Mundorf, Eric Law, Drew Snider and Zack Greer each notched four goals in Denver’s win. Mundorf, Snider and Greer also added three, two and one assists, respectively.

The Outlaws took the early lead with a couple of early goals for Greer and Mundorf. Kevin Crowley scored the lone Hamilton goal in the first quarter in a man-up situation. Crowley’s goal from Cody Jamieson counted this game as his 21st consecutive game with a point. Snider scored his first of the game to close the quarter out 5-1 in favor of Denver.

The second quarter was the closest for the teams. The Nationals opened up the scoring 21 seconds into the period with a Josh Hawkins goal from Matt Dolente. The Outlaws responded with goals from Snider and Mundorf within a minute of each other. Powerplay goals from Bocklet and Snider pushed Denver out to a 9-2 lead before a response from Joe Walters with just under seven minutes to play in the half. Greer notched another goal, but Crowley and Garrett Thul, in his first MLL appearance, each scored with under a minute to go in the half to cut the Hamilton deficit to five.

Eric Law, in his rookie debut and MVP performance, scored his first of four goals off an assist from Matt Bocklet 18 seconds into the third quarter while Denver was two men down. Goals from Crowley and Thul could not overcome the Denver onslaught. Jeremy Boltus and Mundorf each grabbed a goal, and two scores from Chris Bocklet and three more from Law extended Denver’s lead to 18-7 after three quarters.

Hamilton scored the first and final goals of the fourth quarter with unassisted efforts from Thul and Crowley. The Outlaws notched four more in the final frame with goals from Terry Kimener, Justin Turri, Greer and Snider to reach the final score of 22-9.

Denver dominated possession with Anthony Kelly winning 20 faceoffs. Jesse Schwartzman and Charlie Cipriano combined for 14 saves for the Outlaws. Brett Queener made 10 saves for the Nationals before Brent Herbst entered the contest for the fourth quarter.

Hamilton stays on the road as it visits the New York Lizards (2-4) on Thursday, June 13 in Randall’s Island, N.Y. The contest will be live on ESPN3. Denver travels to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, June 15, to face the 4-2 Bayhawks in Annapolis, Md., in a matchup that will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Game Notes

·         Crowley is second in the league in scoring with 26 points.

·         Mundorf moved into third in the league with 25 points. Bocklet and Snider tied for fourth with 24 each.

·         Mundorf and Cunningham tied for first in the league for assists with Paul Rabil with 11.

·         Bocklet leads the league with 19 goals.

·         Crowley is in second place with 18 goals.

·         Merrill is in second place in the league for groundballs with 41.

·         Kelly is in second in the league for faceoff  percentage with 101-170.

·         Queener is in second in the league for save percentage with .594.

·         Schwartzman is in second in the league for goals against average with 10.61.

·         Law scored four goals in his first MLL game. Thul scored three.

·         Crowley extended his franchise record for points in consecutive games to 21.