By William Griffin | 6/7/13 9:30 AM
Hamilton Nationals at Denver Outlaws
Saturday June 8th, 2013—8:00 p.m. (ET)—Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Radio: MLL Radio
The Hamilton Nationals make the trip west to Denver this weekend to take on the Outlaws in a game that can arguably be called the biggest game of the season. Both teams come in with records of 5-0 and will look to remain unbeaten and keep a grasp on their position as number one in the Major League Lacrosse standings. The 8 p.m. (ET) game, which will be played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, will be broadcast exclusively on the league’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/MLL.
Hamilton is coming into this game off a thrilling overtime victory against the Bayhawks in Annapolis, Md. last weekend. Nationals attackman Stephen Keogh led the team with his career-high five goals, but ultimately it was Jordan Hall who put the winning goal past Bayhawks goaltender Kip Turner less than two minutes into overtime.
The Outlaws come into the game following a 24-14 dismantling of the visiting Boston Cannons. Boston couldn’t seem to find an answer for the impressive Denver midfield who accounted for 13 goals (17 points), highlighted by Drew Snider’s five goals (six points) en route to earning player of the game honors.
Last year, Denver swept the season series. The Outlaws defeated the Nationals in Denver by a score of 15-6 and then again later in the season by a score of 21-12.
Saturday’s game is sure to be entertaining; both are very talented on the offensive side of the ball. Between the two teams, four of the top five highest MLL individual point scorers, this season, will be playing in the game. On top of that, as a team Denver has scored 87 goals (92 points) and Hamilton 68 (71 points), which is good for first and second, respectively, in the MLL. On the defensive side of the ball, we will be able to witness the two best long poles over the past seven years. Denver’s Lee Zink won last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Award unseating Hamilton’s Brodie Merrill who had won the six previous to that.
Saturday should also mark the first time rookie defenseman Brian Megill is in the lineup for Denver. During the coaches conference call, Outlaws coach Jim Stagnitta had this to say about where Megill might lineup: “Certainly he is very capable of playing pole and I think there are a couple matchups we would like him to have if he was a midfielder. And I think being (his) first game out of the box as a rookie and the way Hamilton plays offense, the best place to get his feet wet would be at the long-stick midfield rather than just throw him into that mix on close defense.”
Next week, the Hamilton Nationals travel to the Big Apple to face rookie sensation Rob Pannell and the New York Lizards. The game Thursday night will be televised locally, but also broadcast live on ESPN3.com at 7 p.m. (ET). Denver heads east to Annapolis to take on a veteran Bayhawks team in what could be a tough matchup. Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. (ET) will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.