By MLL Communications | 5/2/13 4:00 PM
Denver Outlaws at Ohio Machine
Saturday, May 4, 2013 (Week 2, MLL Game #6)
Selby Stadium, Delaware, OH
8:00 p.m. EST
TV: YouTube.com/MLL (Exclusive)
After putting up 21 goals against the Charlotte Hounds in their season opener, the Denver Outlaws will face-off with the Ohio Machine on Saturday, May 4. The Machine, who will be making their 2013 debut, have no choice but to come out strong against a Denver team that has made a statement in its opening weekend.
How they fared last season
1) June 9, 2012: Denver – 16, Ohio – 8 (Brendan Mundorf and Chris Bocklet each had three goals apiece for Denver)
2) July 4, 2012: Ohio – 13, Denver – 17 (Jim Connolly had five goals for Ohio)
Against Charlotte, Denver’s high scoring effort had to offset the fact that they also gave up 16 goals to the Hounds. For Coach Jim Stagnitta, adjustments made were necessary to the team’s survival, and the Outlaws will look to continue that trend against their upcoming opponent, Ohio.
· “They’re very athletic defensively in the middle of the field,” Stagnitta said of Charlotte. “The Hounds put a lot of pressure on us, doubled, stayed on doubles, made us play a little bit faster maybe in six-on-six than we wanted to, and we were able to make some adjustments and kind of got going offensively after that first quarter.”
· As players with commitments outside of MLL begin to return to the fold, Stagnitta made it a point to slowly blend them back into the line-up so as to avoid any difficulties their lack of time during training camp may have meant to the team.
· I think that we’ll slowly be moving these guys; the only new player we’ll have this week is Brendan [Mundorf], and moving forward each week we’ll look to add a guy or two,” said Stagnitta, making note of players like Jordan McBride being brought into the line-up.
Coming off of training camp, the Machine are well-rested and looking forward to beginning their season. Most members of the Machine’s roster have been working out on their own outside of mandatory practices and team workouts according to head coach Ted Garber, and all indications are that they’re in a positive frame of mind ahead of their 2013 opener, especially with the return of Steele Stanwick.
· “He was in training camp finally, he went through two weeks of training camp. Last year he had none, he just sort of came in cold and figured it out, went along and got mixed in with everybody,” Garber said of Stanwick, whose style of play has encouraged teammates to adapt their own. “I think a lot of guys cut now with their sticks up looking for passes, because they know he’ll get it to them.”
· Despite the return of Brendan Mundorf to the Outlaws, Garber believes that the standout player whom he coached in the All-Star Game is not what he or his team should worry about.
· “You just have to worry about things you have control over, I think, as far as winning the face-offs, making the saves you need to make, you know, picking your spots to get good opportunities to score on these goalies. They’ve got so many weapons out there that you can’t focus in on one or two guys and think you’re going to win the game doing that,” said Garber.