Outlaws Beat Lizards Despite Reese's Suspension
from staff reports
DENVER — The Denver Outlaws defeated the Long Island Lizards, 13-10, in their home opener Saturday despite having head coach Brian Reese suspended for his ejection in the Outlaws season-opening loss to the Boston Cannons.
Denver took advantage of inexperienced Lizards goalie Drew Adams, as Outlaws midfielder Max Seibald stole the show with a hat trick and three assists to win the Bud Light Game MVP. Denver attackman Matt Brown added three goals of his own.
Stephen Berger led Long Island with three goals.
“Obviously playing in front of a big crowd, our home opener, it’s important to get a win, especially since we dropped to the Boston Cannons last week,” acting head coach Tom Slate said. “We wanted to go 1-1. You always start out wanting to play four quarters and we probably played two or three, still not there. We got the ‘W’ and it’s time to celebrate a little bit.”
Berger scored the opening goal 59 seconds in the first quarter, but the lead was eliminated, as Seibald scored an unassisted goal approximately three-and-a-half minutes later.
Lizards attackers Tim Goettelman and Matt Danowski netted two
quick goals, which were followed shortly after by an unassisted
goal from midfielder John Glynn to put Long Island ahead 4-1.
The two teams renewed their rivalry with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on both sides at the 7:20 mark of the first, before Outlaws midfielder Casey Cittadino put a goal past Adams to cut the Long Island lead in half, ending the first quarter with Denver down, 4-2.
“I’m kind of new to this rivalry because I
wasn’t here last year,” Slate said. “Whenever you
play Long Island, they’re tough guys. You just don’t
want to get caught in their game. Play our game and if they get
some penalties, then you just bury them on man-up and
Attackman Drew Westervelt drew the Outlaws within one with a power-play goal, scoring 42 seconds into the second quarter. Attackman Joey Murray knotted the game three minutes later off a goal assisted by Westervelt.
Seibald dished out his second assist of the half, as midfielder Brian Langtry nailed a two-point goal to give Denver its first lead of the game. An eight-and-a-half minute possession battle ensued, before Berger scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 6 going into halftime.
Seibald secured a hat trick, starting the third quarter with an unassisted goal almost three minutes into the quarter, which was followed by a goal from attackman Brendan Mundorf.
Lizards midfielder Anthony Muscarella stalled the Outlaws scoring run but couldn’t stop it, as Denver rattled off four straight goals thanks to Brown, Mundorf and Seibald.
The Lizards temporarily stopped the bleeding with a goal from midfielder Chris Fiore, just over nine minutes into the quarter, prior to a rivalry-fueled scrum in front of the Long Island goal.
Brown scored his third goal of the game, his first hat trick of the season, to put the Lizards in a 13-8 hole after three quarters.
Long Island kicked off the scoring five seconds into the fourth quarter, with unassisted goals from midfielder Greg Gurenlian and attackman Zach Greer to bring the Lizards within three.
The Outlaws defense held off the Lizards attack for the remainder of the game, ending the game with a final score of 13-10.
With 11 saves, Schwartzman has started off the season with back-to-back, double-digit save performances. Adams also made 11 saves.
The Outlaws' homestand continues May 29, as Denver will host the Toronto Nationals at Invesco Field.
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