May 23, 2009

Mundorf, Denver Sink Cannons

from press releases

CAMBRIDGE - In another nail-biter at Harvard, the Denver Outlaws (1-1) outlasted the Boston Cannons (0-2) 15-14 in Harvard Stadium. The Cannons, who fell to the Long Island Lizards last week, could find no answer for Outlaws Brendan Mundorff, the Bud Light MVP, who scored five goals and added an assist for the night.

The first half displayed offensive firepower from both teams, most notably Outlaws Matt Brown who recorded his first hat trick of the season. From the opening face-off, the advantage moved back and forth, each team answering the other's goal. The Cannons kept the game tight, ending the half down with a score of 8-6.

The Denver Outlaws erupted in the third quarter and widened the gap between themselves and the Cannons, led by Mundorff's third-quarter hat trick, two of which came off of spectacular, behind-the-back shots. The Outlaws seemed to run away with the game after moving ahead by five goals towards the end of the third period. The Cannons, however, remained confident and resilient even in the midst of such a large gap. Cannons midfielder Matt Casey ignited the potential comeback with a 2-point goal late in third, followed by another goal from Kyle Sweeney.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Cannons, behind 13-11, scored first after a laser shot from Matt Alrich. Unfortunately for the Cannons, their defense could not stop Mundorff as he found the back of the net for the fifth time. After the two teams exchanged goals, including a power play goal by Paul Rabil, the Cannons found themselves down by two with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Ryan Boyle slipped in his third goal of the night to bring the Cannons within one. Denver's stellar defense stepped up big for the final minutes, however, thanks in a large part to goalie Jesse Schwartzman, who finished the night with 18 saves. For the second consecutive week, the Cannons lost to the visitors by a goal, moving to 0-2 for the 2009 season.

On a positive note, the Cannons offense did rebound from one of the lowest scoring games in MLL history. Boyle turned in three goals and one assist, while nine others scored at least once including Matt Alrich (2 G, 1 A), Sean Morris (1 G, 1 A), and Tom Zummo (1 G). Also, face-off man Chris Eck (1 G) won 24 out of 32 face-offs.

The Outlaws, on the other hand, claimed all 15 goals from only five players. Denver had three players tallying 4 points or more, including Mundorff (5 G, 1 A), Greg Downing (4 G), and Matt Brown (3 G, 1 A). Harrison and Josh Sims each added two goals and one assist.

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