By MLL Communications | 5/9/13 4:30 PM
Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons
Saturday, May 11, 2013 (Week 3, MLL Game #8)
Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MA
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Altitude, Time Warner Cable SportsChannels (KC Metro), ESPN3, CSNNE, MSG
While the Denver Outlaws have gotten off to an impressive 2-0 start in the MLL regular season, the Boston Cannons have yet to win a game in 2013. Although Denver’s quick rise has caught the eye of many Lacrosse fans, Boston’s starting slump is no indication of their capabilities as a team throughout the season as they continue to work towards their first victory.
When they last met
July 19, 2012: Denver – 17, Boston – 13 (Three Denver players scored three goals apiece; Ryan Boyle and Ari Sussman both had four point performances for Boston)
Against the Ohio Machine this past Saturday, May 4, Denver’s defense and goalkeeping told the tale, as Jesse Schwartzman held the Machine to just one goal in both the first and third quarters. Despite it being their second straight road game, the Outlaws flourished against the Machine, and will look to continue improving this weekend at Harvard Stadium against the Cannons.
· “It’s our third game in a row on the road, and it’s tough to win games on the road in this league. We’re pleased to be 2-0 right now and certainly looking forward to continuing to improve from a consistency standpoint” head coach Jim Stagnitta said on Wednesday.
· Though Brendan Mundorf is usually the center of attention, players like Jeremy Boltus are beginning to make noise for the Outlaws, whose roster can definitely stir up the opposing defense. Against Boston, however, Denver’s own defense may be the key to win number three.
· “Ryan [Boyle], he’s the key to the attack and [Paul] Rabil is the key to the midfield. If we control those two guys, it’s going to go a long way to giving us an opportunity to win that game” said Stagnitta.
Certainly not where they expected to be so far this season, Boston remains winless heading into the match-up against Denver. This past weekend, they fell victim to the Hamilton Nationals thanks to a strong offensive output and solid performance in goal by Brett Queener. The character of the Cannons has yet to truly shine, and against Denver it has no choice but to finally come to the forefront.
· “I think as a team we need to be a little bit more physical. I think that Hamilton and New York to a certain extent beat us to a lot of ground balls and out-physicaled us in certain aspects of the game, and that kind of takes us off our game” said head coach Steve Duffy.
· The addition of Mitch Belisle to the Cannons roster this week will prove to be a strong asset following a slow start by Ryan Boyle, who stands on the brink of passing the all-time career points record. But Boyle, much like coach Duffy, is all business ahead of their Saturday match-up.
· “Obviously being at home, we want to win in front of our home crowd, and we’re 0-2. It’s very important for us to win this game; we recognize that. We’re going to take it one game at a time and we’re going to focus on practicing Friday night, and getting the stuff done we need to get done on Friday and Saturday morning to come out and play better.”