By Jessica Braveman | 6/15/14 12:10 AM
The Denver Outlaws (6-1) hosted the New York Lizards (3-4) in a dominating Week 7 victory, finishing up 16-11. Denver’s Curtis Dickson scored four goals and had three assists to help propel the Outlaws past the struggling Lizards.
The Outlaws came out strong in the first quarter, completely shutting out the Lizards. Denver seemed to gain back their confidence after last weekend’s loss to Charlotte, scoring four goals to take a 4-0 lead. Goals were scored by Drew Snider, Jeremy Sieverts and Eric Law, who had two back-to-back goals. The Lizards had major communication issues and were unable to generate any offense in the first fifteen minutes.
New York seemed to have more life to them at the start of the second quarter, perhaps adjusting the altitude at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Rob Pannell scored the first goal of the second quarter and finally put the Lizards on the board. However, the celebration was short-lived as Sieverts was able to net a two-pointer four minutes into the second. The Lizards seemed to gain a rhythm, but after back-and-forth ball movement up and down the field, they grew frustrated and the offensive struggle returned. Steve DeNapoli and Max Seibald of New York, and Dickson scored the remaining goals of the second. The Outlaws finished the half up 8-3.
After halftime, the Lizards came out looking demoralized. New York gave Denver control, allowing them to run up the score and go on a 5-0 streak at the end of the quarter. Although Pannell and Tommy Palasek were able to score for the Lizards, they were no match for the Outlaws who put six on the board in the third. Cameron Flint, John Grant, Jr., and Cameron Holding each fired one past New York goalie Drew Adams, and Dickson gave the Outlaws three more.
The fourth quarter continued in the same way, with Law and Dickson scoring the last two for Denver, and New York’s inconsistent play holding the team back. The Lizards scored the final six goals, with JoJo Marasco and Pannell both scoring two, and Kyle Hartzell and Seibald netting one each, but it was not enough to catch up with Denver. New York would fall to the MLL Leaders 16-11.
Next week, New York hosts the Charlotte Hounds at Shuart Stadium at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday 6/21 on ESPN3.com. Denver will remain home at Mile High, and will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks at on Saturday 6/21 on ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m. ET.
-Curtis Dickson was named the Coca-Cola player of the game after his outstanding performance (four goals, three assists).
-Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman is now 6-0 this season.
-The Lizards are now 0-7 when playing against Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
-New York 3-7 and Denver 1-3 on man-up situations.
-Jeremy Sieverts scored another two-point goal, making his season total five (most in the league).
-The 2014 MLL All-Star Game, which will feature Team MLL vs. Team USA, is just around the corner on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.