By MLL Statistics and Information | 5/14/11 12:00 AM
DENVER, Colo. - Attackman Brendan Mundorf set a Denver record by scoring 10 points, including six goals with four assists, as the Outlaws (1-0) opened the season with an 18-10 victory over the Hamilton Nationals (0-1) at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Saturday evening.
Led by Mundorf, who was named as the Bud Light MVP, the Outlaws broke open a close one-point margin in the third quarter by scoring eight goals.
Mundorf scored twice in the opening eight minutes to spark a 4-1 run by the Outlaws to open the game. After the Nationals responded with goals from Cody Jamieson and Joe Walters, Mundorf added his third goal of the game to give Denver a 5-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
A pair of goals by Jarrett Davis helped the Nationals trim the deficit to 6-5 in the second quarter while Mundorf scored his fourth goal of the game.
Holding a one-goal lead to open the second half, the Outlaws wasted little time extending that advantage as midfielders Brian Langtry and Peet Poillon scored in the opening six minutes of the third period.
After midfielder Geoff Snider scored off a feed from defenseman Brodie Merrill to narrow the gap to 8-6, the Outlaws exploded for six straight goals to take a commanding 14-6 advantage at the end of the third quarter. Attackman Drew Westervelt scored twice during the spurt to lead the Outlaws' run.
Hamilton midfielder Brian Christopher ended the Outlaws' run by scoring a two-point goal, but Mundorf and Athan Iannucci answered with a three-point spurt to give Denver a 17-8 lead with 8:49 remaining.
Iannucci added his second goal of the game before Davis ended the scoring with his third goal of the game.
While Mundorf led the Outlaws with his 10-point effort, Poillon added a "hat trick" just days after being acquired from Chesapeake in a trade.
Davis led the Nationals in a losing effort with three goals while Jordan Hall scored twice.
The Nationals will return home on Thursday night to host the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks at McMaster University while Denver visits Boston next Saturday night.