July 25, 2009

MLL: Denver Owns Lizards, Clinches No. 1 Seed

from press release

Box Score: Denver 12, Long Island 7

DENVER -- The Denver Outlaws (8-2) took on their newly acquired rivals in the Long Island Lizards (5-5) in a tough physical game tonight at INVESCO Field at Mile High with the home team coming out on top 12-7 and clinching the top seed in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs.

The consistent rain throughout the game proved to make it tricky for the teams, who had issues making plays due to the weather. There was also a delay at the end of the third quarter due to lightning in the area that lasted about 20 minutes.

In the first, Long Island opened up the scoring at 0:53 by Stephen Peyser. The Lizards scored three goals total during this stanza and lead the Outlaws 3-2 after one. Jeff Sonke (North Carolina) started the scoring for the home team at 6:19 and Brendan Mundorf (UMBC) scored two minutes later at 8:20.

The second started with a goal from Nate Watkins (Maryland) from a great feed from Mundorf at 1:41. Long Island's Matt Danowski scored his third goal of the game at 10:37. This was their only goal of the quarter and the Outlaws came out of the half on top 5-4. The second ended a small fight and penalties to Brian Langtry (Hofstra) and Nicky Polanco.

After the half, Mundorf scored his hat-trick goal at 4:24 on a feed from Watkins. This goal occurred after two goals in a row from the Tim Goettelmann and the Lizards. Josh Sims (Princeton) and Langtry also scored for the Outlaws in the third (8:23, 10:12). The boys in orange and black ended the quarter up 8-6.

In the final stanza, the rain continued to pour on the 7,252 fans and players as it became increasingly difficult for the players and the refs to keep their footing throughout the game. Denver came out with a bang and scored four goals to pull away with the win. They also held the Lizards to only one goal during this quarter.

Watkins was named as tonight's Bud Light MVP by ESPN. Shane Walterhoefer (North Carolina) was 11-23 in face-offs against Peter Vlahakis. Jessie Schwartzman (Johns Hopkins) gets the win in net against Brian Dougherty with eight saves on 15 shots.

Click HERE for the Official Box Score!

The Outlaws will be on the road for the last two games of the season. On November 1st, they will head to Long Island to play the Lizards once again at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University. For the final game they will head to Toronto to play the Nationals at BMO Field. Championship Weekend will be held on August 22-23 in Annapolis, Maryland at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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