The Denver Outlaws are off to the best start in MLL history, tying the most wins ever by an MLL team at 12-0, and clinching the number one seed for the 2013 playoffs. Their stellar offense is one key to their success this summer, with Chris Bocklet as the main beneficiary of Denver’s well-run and constantly productive offense.
In his second year in the League, Bocklet is coming into his own. His six-goal game against Long Island in the 2012 Semifinals to power the Outlaws to a chance for the Championship gave us a glimpse of Bocklet’s bright future, though he spent much of his rookie season in the shadow of the more successful Denver rookie Mark Matthews.
Now, six-goal games are nothing for the MLL’s ultimate finisher. Bocklet has accomplished this feat three times this season, including in the season opener at Charlotte.
The former Virginia Cavalier has been able to finish almost every pass from his teammates. This season, 77 percent of his goals are assisted. Players like Bocklet often credit their team and luck, claiming that they’re just in the right place at the right time. In reality, Bocklet works for his goals. He never stops looking for that open shot in the game. His off-ball movements always give him space to convert.
With the introduction of rookie Eric Law, Bocklet’s game has adjusted to having another qualified attackman on the field. Since Law’s first game for the Outlaws, four of Bocklet’s six assists have been feeds to number 15, increasing his total number of helpers to nine on the season.
Bocklet’s League-leading 35 goals are still his main contribution to the undefeated Denver Outlaws and may be enough to earn him the title of Warrior Offensive Player of the Year.
Check back next Friday for another profile of a Warrior Offensive Player of the Year hopeful. Also, visit majorleaguelacrosse.com to learn more about Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink, where Bocklet and the Outlaws have already secured their spot.