July 24, 2010

Outlaws Stage Rally to Beat Machine, 15-11

from press release

— The Denver Outlaws returned to INVESCO Field after the Major League Lacrosse bye week, coming back from a 7-4 half-time deficit to beat the Chicago Machine 15-11 in front of 7,982 lacrosse fans.

Midfielder Brian Langtry was the big man for Denver, winning the Bud Light MVP for his four-goal, two-assist outing. Rookie Attackman Connor Martin made the most of his Outlaws debut, netting a hat trick and dishing out one assist. Machine Midfielder Bill McGlone put up a hat trick and an assist in a losing effort.

"When Langtry gets going, he puts his mind to going to the goal and no one is stopping hime," Head Coach Brian Reese said. "He's a great shooter, great feeder and a tough guy to stop when he gets going. He's very crafty inside and very smart and knows how to get open."

The Chicago Machine wasted no time getting on the board, as they took the first lead off a goal 40-seconds into the game from Attackman Brendan Cannon. Martin answered for the Outlaws, scoring the first goal of his career to tie the game. Despite stifling defense from the Outlaws, Chicago regained the lead as Midfielders Josh Sims and Chris Rotelli both netted a goal to bring the score to 3-1 halfway through the first.

Langtry capitalized on a Denver power play, finding fellow Midfielder Dan Hardy for his first goal of the game to stop a two-goal Machine scoring run. Chicago's offense struck again, taking a 4-2 lead after the first quarter off an unassisted goal from Midfielder Jordan Levine.

The Outlaws started the second-quarter scoring, with Martin freeing up space and finding Midfielder Alex Hopmann in prime scoring position to cut Denver's deficit to one. Chicago Midfielder Martin Cahill took advantage of a man-up situation, before fellow Midfielder Doug Shanahan extended the Machine lead to 6-3 midway through the second quarter.

The Denver woes continued with an unassisted goal from McGlone, before Hopmann ended the Outlaws scoring drought with his second goal of the game. After a physical, defensive two quarters of play, the Outlaws went into halftime with a 7-4 deficit to mull over.

The Outlaws opened up the third quarter with a Langtry goal, before the Machine put a seventh player in the scoring column off a goal from Midfielder Brett Garber. Hardy found the back of the net for the second time, muscling his way through the Machine defense to bring the score to 8-6 with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

Chicago answered Hardy's second goal with back-to-back goals from Rotelli and McGlone, before a seven-minute defensive struggle ensued. With the clock ticking down on the third quarter, Martin scored his second goal off a diving shot with one-second left to send the game into the fourth quarter with a 10-7 score.

The Outlaws stormed out of the fourth-quarter gates, as Face-Off Specialist Andrew Hennessey scored his first goal of the season and Langtry hit his second to cut the Denver deficit to one. Langtry struck again six-minutes later, securing a hat-trick and tying the game.

"Langtry's third goal was huge. It just gave us energy," Reese said. "Amazing goal by the way, it gave us the spark."

Rookie Midfielder Sean DeLaney stepped up when the Outlaws needed him, completing the Denver comeback with a two-point goal half-way through the final quarter and bringing the score to 12-10. Midfielder Steve Giannone broke the Machine's back with the Outlaws sixth unanswered goal, before Langtry put the nail in Chicago's coffin with his fourth goal. Langtry wasn't finished, as he found Martin with an around-the-back pass for Martin's hat-trick goal.

"Martin is a great sport, a great kid. I just wanted to give him a shot," Reese said about the rookie. "I thought he's a pretty talented guy. He's a great guy to have on the team, he pushes everyone else. I think he can play in this league."

McGlone scored the Machine's first goal of the fourth quarter, but it wouldn't matter as the Outlaws retained the ensuing face-off to finish the game with a 15-11 victory.

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