PREVIEW: Charlotte at Denver

By: William Griffin, March 18, 2016

PREVIEW: Charlotte at Denver

Charlotte Hounds at Denver Outlaws

Saturday, June 29—9:00p.m. (ET)—Sports Authority Field at Mile High

TV: CBS Sports Network (1hr SD Delay at 10 p.m.)


Game Notes: Denver - Charlotte 

The Charlotte Hounds travel to Denver this weekend to take on the unbeaten Outlaws on Saturday night at 9 p.m. (ET).   The game will be broadcast on a one-hour delay on CBS Sports Network at 10 p.m. 

With a win, Denver has the opportunity to move to 9-0, tying the ’05 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best record to start a season.  That ’05 Bayhawks team didn’t remain undefeated, but won when it mattered—defeating the Long Island Lizards in the MLL Championship Game, earning them the Steinfeld Trophy. 

The Outlaws defeated the Hounds back in week one of the season, by a score of 21-16 at American Legion Memorial Stadium.  Matt Danowski scored five goals and recorded an assist, leading the way for the Hounds.  Denver’s Chris Bocklet led the way with six goals—if he gets six past goalie Adam Gittlemanagainthis week, Bocklet will break the record for most 6+ goal games a season, with four. 

Last week the Outlaws defeated the visiting one-win Ohio Machine in a game that was so one-sided, Denver’s back-up Goalie, Charlie Cipriano, played the entire fourth quarter.  Charlotte on the other hand, defeated the Bayhawks in overtime to secure their third win in four weeks. 

As many of you know, Major League Lacrosse announced the 2013 MLL All-Stars for this week; both the Outlaws and Hounds are well represented on the roster.  Denver will send goalie Jesse Schwartzman, defenseman Lee Zink, attackman Chris Bocklet, faceoff man Anthony Kelly, and midfielders Zach Greer, Jeremy Sieverts, and Drew Snider to Charlotte for the 2013 All-Star Game. The Hounds will be represented by defenders Ryan Flanagan and Brett Schmidt, midfielder Peet Poillon and attackman Ryan Young. 

Both these teams like to put up points, more so than anyone else in the league—Charlotte scores an average of 13 goals a game, trailing only Denver who puts up an impressive 17.5 goals a game.   Defensively, Denver allows a league best 9.63 goals per game while Charlotte allows a fifth best 12.88.  Charlotte needs to find a way to both put up more goals, and also play a bit tighter defense if they want to find a way to stop the powerful Denver Outlaws.

This weekend is also “Paws at the Park” in Denver, meaning fans can bring their four legged friends to the game.  Those who bring their dogs will sit in a section with other fans and their dogs.  Checkout or more information.

Next week the Outlaws fly home to face the New York Lizards on Independence Day; the game will be televised LIVE on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m (ET).   The Hounds travel to Boston to face a resurging Cannons team.  The Saturday game, a rematch of their June 15tilt, will be televised LIVE on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. (ET).