May 31, 2013

Outlaws Blast Cannons En Route to 5-0 Record

from staff reports

DENVER — The Outlaws had never beaten the Boston Cannons in Denver until Friday night. Man, did that change in an emphatic way.

Denver improved to 5-0 while Boston Cannons dropped to 1-4 after the Outlaws' 24-14 win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This is the Cannons' first loss in Denver following a perfect 5-0 streak at the stadium. The Outlaws remain atop the Major League Lacrosse standings.

Player of the game Drew Snider scored five goals, including a two-pointer, to lead the potent Outlaws offense. Brendan Mundorf, Jeremy Sieverts and Zack Greer each scored three goals.

"That's what we're about. We like to say that we're offense by committee," Greer said. "Anyone can contribute on any given night, and when you get 24 that's obviously a good night. Guys sharing the ball, playing well offensively and unselfishly and that was big for us tonight."

Paul Rabil climbed back on top of the league scoring chart with his seven-point effort (two goals, five assists) to give him 25 points on the season. Matt Poskay and Mike Stone added four goals each in the loss.

Brent Adams notched his first goal in a Cannons uniform to open the scoring in the first, but Denver answered with a five-goal run, including a long two-pointer by Jeremy Sieverts, to take an early 6-1 lead. The Cannons then closed out the quarter with four straight goals from Stone, Ryan Boyle, and a pair from Poskay to end the quarter down one.

The Outlaws regained momentum in the second. Mundorf scored his first of the night and Greer added two of his own. Stone tallied the Cannons' lone score of the quarter before Justin Turri closed the half with a two-pointer, giving the Outlaws an 11-6 lead at the break.

In the high-scoring third quarter, Stone and Poskay completed their respective hat tricks, Rabil scored two goals and Chris Eck added another after winning a face-off. But the Outlaws scored seven goals to maintain the advantage, taking an 18-11 lead into the final 15 minutes of play.

The Outlaws did not let up, starting the fourth quarter with back-to-back two-point goals from Sieverts and Snider.

"We're sharing the ball," Snider said. "It's cool to watch because certain players on the offensive end will have six points a game. And someone else that game will have zero, but the next game that zero guy will have six."

For the third straight quarter, Stone scored the Cannons' first goal of the frame. After Mundorf and Kimener each scored to maintain a healthy lead, the Cannons did not give up as Rabil assisted both Will Manny's (U Mass) first professional goal and Poskay's fourth of the night in the final minutes.

Jordan Burke, making his first start in goal following two-weeks on Injured Reserve with a broken thumb, made 15 saves before being replaced during the fourth quarter by Mike Gabel. Eck won 24 of 38 face-offs and scored his first goal of the season. Rookie Cam Flint (Denver) tallied an assist in his first professional game.

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