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DENVER, Colo. - Attackman
Mark Matthews scored three of his game-high four goals in the first quarter as the Denver Outlaws exploded for a season-high 21 goals en route to a 21-7 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Charlotte Hounds at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.
Matthews, who tallied a season-high seven points in the victory, led a Denver offense that erupted for 10 goals in the first quarter while building a 10-1 lead.
Led by two goals from attackman
Brendan Mundorf, the Outlaws jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the opening period before attackman
Billy Bitter narrowed the margin to 4-1 by scoring off a feed from midfielder
Stephen Berger with 7:14 left.
But, the Outlaws used a nine-goal run over the next 17 minutes to take a commanding 13-1 advantage with 6:09 remaining in the first half. Matthews and rookie attackman
Chris Bocklet each scored twice during the run.
With 2:05 remaining in the first half, attackman
Jeremy Boltus ended the Outlaws' run by scoring a two-point goal off an assist from attackman
Matt Danowski, trimming the Hounds' deficit to 13-3 at the intermission.
After a slow start to the third quarter, attackman
Jovan Miller cut the Denver advantage to 13-4 when he scored off a Boltus assist with 4:51 remaining. But, Denver answered with three straight goals over a two-minute span to increase the cushion to 16-4.
Kevin Kaminski ended the third quarter by scoring off another Boltus assist with just 19 seconds remaining in the period.
Led by a goal and an assist from midfielder
Anthony Kelly, the Outlaws upped their lead to 20-4 by scoring four straight goals to begin the fourth quarter. After the teams traded goals, Kaminski tallied his second goal of the game with 2:18 left, but Charlotte was unable to get any closer.
While Matthews led the Outlaws to the victory, Kelly earned
Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors after winning 23 of 30 face-offs with nine ground balls in his Denver debut. He also scored a goal with an assist. Mundorf added three goals with an assist for the Outlaws, who outshot Charlotte by a 63-38 margin.
Boltus led Charlotte in a losing effort with a two-point goal and two assists.