By Lena Welch | 8/9/13 10:30 AM
Denver Outlaws at Hamilton Nationals
Saturday, August 10 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario
Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
The undefeated Denver Outlaws will travel to Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, to face the Hamilton Nationals (9-4) and finish out the 2013 season.
This will be the eleventh all-time regular season meeting between the Nationals and Outlaws, with Denver winning all but one match. These teams last met in June in the battle of the undefeated teams. Denver dismantled Hamilton with a 22-9 victory led by Brendan Mundorf’s seven-point game and Eric Law’s introduction to the League with four goals on four shots.
The Outlaws will attempt a perfect regular season, a feat that has never been done by an MLL team. Although Denver has preserved its record up to this point, for the second week in a row Denver used the fourth quarter to earn the victory. The Outlaws have outscored opponents 8-3 in the fourth quarter in the past two weeks, each time entering the final frame tied.
Additionally, in recent weeks Denver’s midfield has stepped up as the main scoring option. Jeremy Sieverts has had seven goals in the past two games, Terry Kimener had a four-point game against New York and Drew Snider had a four-point game against Chesapeake. The Outlaws’ attack unit was held pointless in week 12 against Chesapeake.
Hamilton enters the weekend after dropping a game 14-11 to Charlotte. Despite three two-point goals from the Nationals and a five-point game from Kevin Crowley, the Hounds earned the victory and their place in Championship Weekend.
Denver and Hamilton each boast some of the best offensive players in the League. Denver’s Chris Bocklet leads the League in goals (38) and points (50). Crowley sits in second for both of those categories with 35 goals and 49 points. The Nationals’ Joe Walters is first in the League with 24 assists, and his teammate Kevin Cunningham is second in assists with 22.
Walters and Cunningham only combine to be less than half of Hamilton’s total assists this season. The Nationals 101 assists are just six shy of the Outlaws’ League-leading 107, but Hamilton has assisted on 64 percent of their goals, the highest percentage in the League.
With great offense on both ends, the defenders will need to step up for the Outlaws and the Nationals. Each team has a player who has been named Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, Lee Zink for Denver and Brodie Merrill for Hamilton. These players will have their work cut out for them in this matchup.
Two of the best goalies will be leading these teams. The Outlaws’ Jesse Schwartzman leads the League in goals against average (9.56) and is the only goalie with an average in single digits. Hamilton’s Brett Queener is first in the League in save percentage (.609) as the only goalie saving above 60 percent of shots on goal.
Tune in to CBS Sports Network to see these two teams duke it out this Saturday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. (ET).
Both teams will return to action Aug. 24 in the 2013 Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink. For more information and to get your tickets visit Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend page.