The Denver Outlaws walked away with their ninth win of the season, taking one over the Charlotte Hounds, 17-11 on Saturday night at Sports Authority Field Mile High Stadium. With this win the Outlaws have tied the 2005 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best start in an MLL season.
Leading the way, Player of the Game, Jesse Schwartzman, kept Charlotte’s typically active midfield and attack at bay, only allowing 10 goals on 37 shots. His 27 saves are a career high and the second highest in franchise history.
Hounds captain, Matt Danowski got the action started early, just 23 seconds in, with a driving goal past Schwartzman. Denver immediately turned around to post back-to-back goals, one from rookie, Eric Law, followed by Zack Greer. With more rookie action, Mike Sawyer grabbed a point from the Outlaws. Chris Bocklet then put Denver up 3-2, working past the Hound’s Adam Ghitleman. Danowski grabbed his second goal of the quarter followed by 2013 All-Star, Ryan Young. Jeremy Seiverts and Charlotte rookie, Jake Tripucka capped off the quarter to make it 6-5 Charlotte.
Denver opened and closed the second quarter, shutting Charlotte out and running away with the lead. Charlotte’s defense failed to keep the Outlaws out of their territory, letting up six goals. Denver certainly benefited from Charlotte’s eight penalties, including three man-up goals. Denver’s Law snuck one by Ghitelman, along with two from Brendan Mundorf. Terry Kimener, Jeremy Boltus, and Drew Snider all contributed a point each in the quarter. Denver finished off the quarter doubling Charlotte’s score, 10-5.
The third quarter brought on plenty of back-and-forth play between these two offensive powerhouses. It started with Law completing a hat trick, he would go on to post five points on four goals and an assist in the game. Charlotte’s Brendan Mundorf also put up his fourth goal of the game. Mason Poli got the scoring started again for Charlotte but was quickly answered by Denver’s Seiverts, who would slash one more to make it four on the night. Josh Amidon put up a two-pointer on a feed from Danowski in a man-up situation. Bocklet and Mundorf went back-to-back before the Hounds’ Michael McCormack posted a goal. Sawyer and Danoswski tag teamed for another point. Bocklet completed the quarter and grabbed Denver’s last point of the game making it 17-10 to end the third.
Denver was able to control the advantage in the fourth quarter allowing only one goal to be scored by Sawyer and fixing the final result at 17-11.
The Hounds are now 3-6 on the season while the Outlaws continue their undefeated season at 9-0.
Next, the Outlaws look to extend their winning streak to 10-0 to stand alone with best start in MLL history as they host the New York Lizards in Denver. Catch the annual July Fourth game at 7 p.m. ET this Thursday on CBS Sports Network. Charlotte will visit the Boston Cannons on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET.
Faceoff man, Tim Fallon, continues to lead the league in ground balls with 16 in the game and 80 on the season.
The Outlaws have three players in the top ten scorers including Mundorf (fourth with 33 points), Drew Snider (fifth with 32 points), Sieverts (tied with Danowski at seventh with 29 points).
Denver has now scored a staggering 157 goals, right ahead of the Chesapeake Bayhawks (116), Charlotte is third in the league with 114 goals.
This is the third time this season that the Charlotte Hounds are shut out in the second quarter.
Jeremy Sieverts led Denver in points with six, while Charlotte’s Danowski lead his team with four points in the game.