John Grant Jr. recorded eight points (4g, 4a) in the Denver Outlaws (9-4) 18-16 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-9), on Thursday night. Grant Jr. broke the All-Time goal scoring record held by Rochester’s Kevin Leveille since last June.
The game started out with a quick goal from Drew Snider on the Denver side followed by another from Grant Jr. Chesapeake was quick to answer though and went on a three goal run. Jeff Reynolds started the Bayhawks scoring off a run down from the defensive end to find the back of the net on the opposite side. Kevin Crowley and Brendan Mundorf added the other two goals for Chesapeake.
As soon as the momentum started to favor the Bayhawks however, back-to-back penalties left Chesapeake down two men and resulted in another goal from Grant Jr. who made quick work taking advantage of the two-man up opportunity. Snider followed suit and scored the last goal of the first quarter leaving Denver ahead 4-3.
The Outlaws dominated the second quarter outscoring the Bayhawks 6-1. With the two goals at the end of the first quarter and five unanswered in the second, Denver went on a seven goal streak before Chesapeake was able to answer. Chris Bocklet, Terry Kimener, Eric Law, Cam Holding, and Michael Simon all recorded tallies. After Simon’s goal, the Bayhawks subbed in rookie goalie, Jack Runkel to relieve starter, Tyler Fiorito. However, the five minutes he played would prove to be the only time the rookie saw in the game. Chesapeake’s lone goal of the second quarter came from Ben Rubeor right after the goalie switch. Colin Dunster for Denver closed out the half with the final goal putting the Outlaws up 10-4.
If Denver dominated the second quarter, Chesapeake out-right reigned in the third. The Bayhawks scored seven goals (one 2pt. for eight total points) to Denver’s two. Matt Mackrides and Ben Hunt opened up the scoring before Snider buried one past Fiorito. Drew Westervelt answered quickly with back-to-back goals including the one from outside the arc. Mundorf and Hunt added two more to tie the game for the Bayhawks. Just twenty seconds after Hunt’s game tying goal though, Denver’s Domenic Sebastiani got a loose ball from the faceoff and ran it down for a goal to give Denver the lead yet again. Matt Abbott rounded out the quarter though and tied the game up with a goal of his own leaving the score at 12-12 with one period to go.
Denver took control of the start of the fourth with goals from Law and Grant Jr. Hunt answered for the Bayhawks before Denver went on a three-goal streak with back-to-back goals from Bocklet and another from Grant Jr. Mackrides, Westervelt, and Mundorf tried to get the Bayhawks back on track with a goal apiece cutting the Outlaws lead to one with just over a minute to go. Law, however, snuffed the Bayhawks hopes with the final goal of the night to end the game with Denver up 18-16.
Grant Jr stole the show with his eight points earning Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors. Eric Law (3g, 1a) and Drew Snider (3g 1a) combined for an additional eight points on the night. Jesse Schwartzman had 18 saves in goal for Denver while Ken Clausen picked up six groundballs. On the Chesapeake side, Westervelt (3g, one 2 pt.) and Mundorf (3G 1A) led with four points each. Stephen Robarge had a breakout game for the Bayhawks winning 29 of the 36 faceoff attempts along with 11 groundballs. Fiorito recorded 11 saves for the Bayhawks.
Both teams return to play next weekend as Denver hits the road again, travelling to New York for a 5:30pm ET game on Saturday, August 9 live on ESPN3.com. Chesapeake hosts Charlotte for a 7:00pm ET tilt that will air live on the MLL’s YouTube Channel later that evening.
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-John Grant Jr. now sits atop the list of All-Time Goal scorers with 280, three more than Rochester’s Kevin Leveille (277).
-Coincidentally, Leveille broke the record on June 6
th against the Bayhawks.
-Grant Jr.(454) is also five points away from Casey Powell (459) in the All-Time Points race.
-This was Brendan Mundorf's first game back since the June 14, as he participated in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver with Team USA.
-15 of Denver’s 18 goals were assisted.
-There were nine different scorers for the Outlaws while the Bayhawks had eight.