DENVER — The Denver Outlaws fell 17-12 to the Ohio Machine in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Championship on Saturday in Frisco, Texas. It was the organization’s seventh time making the league’s championship game in 12 seasons of existence.
“When you dare to set the bar as high as we do in the Denver Outlaws organization, there’s a chance that your heart can get broken,” Head Coach
B.J. O’Hara said. “Obviously, we’re broken hearted right now, but we’re awfully proud of the season that we had. I can’t say enough about this group of young men that we’ve put together.”
Matt Kavanagh led Denver with six points (4 goals, two assists), while
Wes Berg and
Eric Law all tallied four points. Goalie
Jack Kelly recorded 10 saves and midfielder
Tom Kelly won 17-of-32 faceoffs.
After falling behind 2-0 in the game’s opening minutes, Denver rattled off three consecutive goals to take their first lead. Neither team led by more than a pair for the rest of the half, and Denver attackman
Mike Bocklet’s goal with one second on the clock sent the Outlaws into the halftime break with a 7-6 lead.
Denver scored the first three goals of the third quarter and held a 10-6 advantage with 2:48 remaining in the third. Ohio rattled off three quick goals to bring them within one heading into the final quarter.
The Outlaws led 12-10 with 9:30 remaining before the Machine scored the game’s final seven points.