By Rachel Villari | 5/9/14 12:00 PM
Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons
Saturday, May 10 – 6:00 p.m. (ET) – Harvard Memorial Stadium
The Boston Cannons (1-1) look to defend their home turf by taking their second victory at Harvard Stadium this season against the undefeated Denver Outlaws (2-0).
Last Time Out:
Denver: The Outlaws defeated the Ohio Machine 14-12 in an exciting victory on Star Wars Day last weekend. With this win the Outlaws not only proved that they could keep their 22 consecutive game-winning streak alive, but also that they could come from behind, as well. Originally down 11-7 in the final quarter, Denver was able to rally with two goals from Eric Law and Jeremy Sieverts and a shutdown defensive play from Lee Zink, disallowing the Machine from scoring more than once.
Boston: The Cannons dropped their first game on the road to the Rochester Rattlers 8-7 last Friday, after a short week between games. Despite two goal efforts in an offensively heavy third quarter from Paul Rabil and Kevin Buchanan, the Cannons were unable to battle back. That being said, their defense was a strong point, only allowing a one goal differential between the two teams, especially given then three man-advantage situations in the final quarter.
Denver Undefeated: The Outlaws look to further their current winning streak of 22 consecutive games, now expanding into its third season.
Battle of the ‘X’?: If the Cannons plan to defeat the Outlaws, they’re going to have to get around Anthony Kelly at faceoff first. Kelly was the only faceoff specialist who won the majority of his battles at the ‘X’ to help lead his team to a victory last weekend, taking 17 out of 29 draws. He is 27-for-47 in the two games thus far in the season. Cannons FOGO Chris Eck was an anchor at midfield, claiming 14 out of the 19 faceoffs faced, but his team was unable to capitalize on the possessions. So far in the season, Eck has gone 31-for-54. This matchup should clash in a head-to-head battle from the very first faceoff.
Beating the Odds: The Cannons lead the League in all-time regular season victories over the Outlaws, taking seven out of a total of 12 games against them in MLL history, but Denver has battled back over the past three seasons to take four out of its last five matchups. The Cannons have been 0-3 at home against the Outlaws in the last three seasons, their previous win coming during the 2010 season.
Players to Watch:
Denver: Sieverts was awarded the Coca-Cola Player of the Game Award for his hat trick, one of the goals of which was a two-pointer. Also offensively hot was MLL sophomore Law, who netted four of his own goals and an assist for a five-point game, landing him third on the League leaderboard thus far with seven goals, and second with nine points.
Boston: The Cannons offense was led by Rabil and Buchanan, each with a pair of goals. Possession in midfield was kept by Chris Eck, who claimed 14 out of the 19 faceoffs in their recent loss to Rochester.
Denver: Law, who accrued 34 points in his rookie season last year looks well on his way to achieving such great heights this summer, currently he is ranked third on the League leaderboard with seven goals and second in points with nine. Chris Bocklet and Sieverts are tied for fourth in League with five goals apiece, while Bocklet joins teammate Law tied for second in points with nine as well.
Boston: Buchanan currently leads the League with nine goals in just two games thus far in the season. He is also tied for second place on the leaderboard with nine points alongside Law of the Outlaws.
2013 Season Series:
The two teams battled twice last season, the Outlaws taking both the home and away victories. Denver won at Boston 14-10, and then 24-14 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
If you’re taking mom to the game Saturday as an early Mother’s Day present, make sure she keeps warm in the evening breeze with a Boston Cannon’s hoodie! Get it here or visit the MLL Shop for more great MLL gear