Denver Drubs Machine, Hits Playoffs in Stride
from press release
DENVER — After suffering the worse
loss in franchise history, the Denver Outlaws responded by shutting
down the Chicago Machine 18-8 in perfect, sunny lacrosse weather in
front of 7,285 fans at INVESCO Field.
Attackman Brendan Mundorf won the Bud Light MVP for his four goal, one assist performance, while Midfielder Max Seibald contributed four goals and one assist of his own in the season finale victory.Chicago Attackman Ned Crotty netted a hat trick and one assist in a losing effort for the Machine.
“Mundy [Mundorf] can get some good passes and has the ability to shoot with both hands,” Head Coach Brian Reese said. “Max is a monster out there. You can’t really match up with him. He’s fast, strong, can run you over or run by you.”
The Denver Outlaws drew first blood, with a goal from Midfielder Brian Langtry, but Chicago was quick to respond, as Midfielder Martin Cahill knotted the game up two-and-a-half minutes into the game. Mundorf regained the lead for Denver, scoring an unassisted goal to give the Outlaws an early 2-1 lead halfway through the first quarter.
After intercepting an errant Machine pass, Defender Eric Martin found an open Mundorf for his second goal of the quarter. The Denver momentum continued, as Attackman Matt Brown put a goal past Chicago Goalie Bud Petit. The relentless Denver attack continued, as a barrage of shots lead to goals for Seibald and Martin, respectively, to end the first quarter with a 6-1 score.
The Denver dominance continued in the second quarter, as Seibald willed his way to a second goal to start the quarter’s scoring. The Machine delayed the Outlaws attack but it was not enough, as rookie Midfielder Sean DeLaney scored Denver’s seventh consecutive goal. Chicago put away their second goal of the game, after going scoreless for over 15 minutes, as Midfielder Matt Striebel found enough room to sneak a shot past Outlaws Goalie Jesse Schwartzman. Chicago Attackman Ned Crotty followed Striebel’s goal with one of his own, finding a crease in the Denver defense after taking the ball from out of bounds.
The Outlaws offense got back on track in the 13th minute of the second quarter, as Langtry found Mundorf for his hat-trick goal. After two quarters of play, the Outlaws headed into the locker room with a 9-3 advantage over the Machine.
“I think it’s huge,” Reese said about Denver’s win. “Every team who has won a championship has won their last game of the regular season.”
The Machine came out of halftime on a mission to stop the Denver attack, but it would not last as Brown found cutting Attackman Drew Westervelt for a behind-the-back, trick-shot goal to start the second-half scoring. Cahill matched Westervelt’s goal for the Machine, before Seibald found enough room to net his hat-trick goal.
Machine Midfielder Bill McGlone scored Chicago’s second goal of the quarter, before Delaney responded with his second goal of the contest. The Machine had the last laugh of the quarter, as Attackman Mike Leveille netted an unassisted goal to bring the score to 12-6 after three quarters.
Brown started the fourth quarter scoring for Denver, before Seibald picked up a loose ball off the following face off to find his fourth goal in the start of the fourth quarter. Rookie Defender Dillon Roy found the back of the net for the first time in his career, making way for Langtry to give the Outlaws a 10 goal lead with his second goal of the game. With Denver firing on all cylinders, the Machine found themselves in a 16-6 hole halfway through the final quarter.
Crotty ended Chicago’s scoring drought, scoring the Machine’s first goal of the quarter with his second goal of the game. Mundorf answered Crotty’s goal with his fourth goal of the game, which Crotty answered with his hat-trick goal. Westervelt netted his second goal of the game to cap the Outlaws scoring, and bringing the final score to 18-8.
“I’m just proud of the way the guys responded off of last week’s loss,” Reese said. “They came back with a renewed purpose and energy that we want to carry on into the playoffs.”
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